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News round-up 24/2

APSRG report launch; recycling firm’s fire failure; fire at Nottinghamshire recyclers; NI car breaker penalised; quarry recycling production boost

APSRG remanufacturing report

The All Party Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) is to launch a report into remanufacturing on 26 March.

The project is in partnership with the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network.  

The APSRG said the remanufacturing industry “represents a huge financial opportunity for the UK” worth between £5-£8bn per annum.

Fomer environment secretary Caroline Spelman will chair the event.

Derby recycling firm’s fire safety failure

The director of a recycling company admitted he did not maintain fire safety equipment, after the premises suffered from a two-month-long blaze.

The fire broke out in a pile of 8,000 tonnes of wood stored at Arcwood Recycling, too close to a gas supply, the court heard.

Luke Barker, director of the firm in Low’s Lane, Stanton-by-Dale, pleaded guilty at Derby Crown Court to four safety failures which put people “at risk of death or serious injury”.

Barker also pleaded guilty to failing to maintain fire-fighting equipment and providing employees with adequate safety training. He is due to be sentenced on 4 March.

Nottinghamshire recyclers hit by fire

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a Nottinghamshire recycling centre.

The fire started at a storage unit in Shireoaks Road, Worksop, on Sunday morning and was tackled by about 40 crew members at its height.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said crews are likely to be dealing with the blaze into the evening.

£60,000 Confiscation Order secured against NI car breaker

A County Tyrone man has been made the subject of a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Laganside Crown Court in Belfast.

Barry McKeever (47) of Ballynakilly Road, Coalisland was penalised £60,000 for waste offences.

McKeever had previously pleaded guilty at Enniskillen Crown Court on 18 February for six breaches of waste management legislation under The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

Quarry recycling production boost

Waste management company R Collard has been given permission to boost production at Warren Heath Recycling Facility site.

The gravel and mineral plant was given the thumbs up by Hampshire County Council’s regulatory committee. MP Sir Gerald Howarth will officially mark the expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on 7 March.



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