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News round-up 24/2

Kier crew strike off; gang siphons fuel from waste vehicles; sustainable design research; Recofloor’s record

Kier kerbside crews call off strike

GMB members employed by Kier May Gurney in North Somerset have voted unanimously to accept an improved offer over pay as part of a two-year deal.

The members involved are employed on the refuse contract for kerbside collection across North Somerset and in household waste recycling centres in Weston-Super-Mare.

A vote for industrial action was passed in January.

Press release

Gang steal fuel from council waste depot

Police are hunting a gang who stole around 1,500 litres of fuel from a Cheshire East Council waste depot.

Thieves drained 10 refuse collection vehicles at Commercial Road depot in Macclesfield.

Police believe the raid would have required a group of people using large vehicles over a period of several hours. It is estimated that fuel worth up to £1,700 was siphoned off.

Police are now appealing for witnesses following the incident which occurred overnight between 16 and 17 February.

Macclesfield Express

Philips and Brighton University tackle sustainable design

The University of Brighton and Dutch electronics giant Philips are linking up to research new designs for sustainable products with minimal environmental impact. 

The collaboration is being backed by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council which has awarded the university more than £60,000 over three years for a PhD student to work between Brighton and Philips’ headquarters in Eindhoven.

Jonathan Chapman, professor of sustainable design, said: “We produce 40 tonnes of waste to make a tonne of products, and 98% of these products are dumped within just six months. We can enhance resource efficiency and brand loyalty by designing things that people want to keep longer, building in emotionally durable design.”


Recofloor hits recycling record

Recycling scheme Recofloor has collected 500 tonnes of waste vinyl flooring in just 12 months, a new high for the company.

The milestone figure for 2014 was achieved during the scheme’s fifth anniversary year. Recofloor said it was a “testament to the efforts and enthusiasm of its 620-plus members throughout the UK”.

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