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News round-up 23/9

Greyhound workers end strike; Javelin Park decision put back; Award winner in Brazil trip; City of London kicks off gum campaign

Greyhound workers end strike

Greyhound Recycling and Recovery workers who are members of the SIPTU trade union in Ireland have voted to end their 14-week dispute with the company.

The striking workers had been locked out of the firm’s Dublin facility since 17 June in a dispute over pay and conditions.

SIPTU organiser Owen Reidy said: “This agreement hopefully brings to an end a long and difficult period for the workers and their families. Throughout, the workers have remained united and it is this solidarity that has made an agreed solution to this dispute finally possible.”

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Javelin Park decision put back

Eric Pickles has delayed making a decision on the Javelin Park incinerator in Gloucestershire application until the end of November.

The communities secretary had been due to make on the decision on the plant, which Urbaser Balfour Beatty is contracted to build, this month.

However, in a letter to protest group GlosVAIN, Pickles’ office said the decision had now been put back.

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Award winner in Brazil trip

Student Robert Reinhardt, who is working towards a Master of Science in Wastes Management, has returned from the International Solid Waste Association World Congress in Brazil - a trip funded by a £1,000 award from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

The four-day congress featured a variety of sessions covering topics including sustainable wastes management, planning, energy from waste and climate change.

Professor Margaret Bates of the Northampton University Centre for Sustainable Wastes Management said: “We are all really pleased that Rob has received the James Sumner Award, clearly his enthusiasm for wastes management and determination to make a difference through better utilisation of resources came across in his application.”

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City of London kicks off gum campaign

The City of London Corporation, which oversees London’s financial centre, has launched a new campaign aimed at reducing chewing gum litter in the Square Mile.

The campaign is being run in partnership with the Chewing Gum Action Group and will feature professional dancers encouraging pedestrians to dispose of their gum or face fines of up to £80.

Wendy Mead, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s environment committee, said: “We want to keep the world’s leading international financial centre looking as attractive as possible because a first class city needs first class streets. Chewing gum litter is a real nuisance that is costly and difficult to remove.” 

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