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News round-up 23/4

Birmingham green waste warning; nurses’ waste focus; EA gypsum policy; Paterson backs MetalMatters

Birmingham Council warned over green waste

An MP has said he will take Birmingham Council to court in a bid to force the cash-strapped local authority into collecting green waste.

John Hemming, Lib Dem MP for Birmingham Yardley, said he was considering applying for a court order to get the work done.

Hemming claims the council is failing to fulfil a statutory duty by failing to collect green waste that has not been paid for.

Nurses urged to focus on waste

Supporting health care workers to classify waste appropriately can bring benefits to health organisations as well as the environment, according to new waste management guidance issued by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Reflecting legislative changes and current forms of best practice, the guidance calls for a greater focus on the waste hierarchy and for more distinction to be made between different waste types.

New EA plasterboard policy

The Environment Agency (EA) has rejigged its position on the use of reprocessed gypsum for spreading on land.

It stated: “Reprocessed gypsum from waste plasterboard that has already been supplied to a farm, in accordance with the previous version of the gypsum quality protocol (March 2011), for use as a soil treatment agent for agricultural use (landspreading), can be used without the need for waste controls under an environmental permit up until 30 June 2014.”

MetalMatters backed by Paterson

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has offered his support to the MetalMatters recycling communications programme as it launches three major campaigns in the last month, targeting 360,000 households.

The industry-funded campaign works with local authorities to help improve capture rates for metals collected at the kerbside, with communications designed to encourage people to make their ‘metals matter’. 

MetalMatters campaign partnerships with the London Borough of Lewisham, Shropshire Council and Glasgow City Council all launched in March, with the aim of increasing recycling capture rates for metal packaging, and in turn offering lasting return on investment for the local authorities involved.

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