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News round-up 24/3

Deben calls for landfill food ban; New £15m construction waste plant; Waste composition testing; No CD recycling in parliament

Deben calls for landfill food ban

The former environment secretary Lord Deben (pictured above) has called for a ban on food waste to landfill.

While speaking at the Waste-Works event in London, Deben criticised retailers who sent food waste to landfill including the major supermarkets who reject edible food for aesthetic reasons.

He also said that retailers who try to tackle the waste responsibly should be recognised in order to encourage this stance.

Deben previously spoke to MRW on the issue where he called for a total ban on the practice by 2018.

Press release

New £15m plant for construction waste

O’Donovan Waste Disposal is investing £15m in a new West London processing facility for construction waste.

The three acre site will sort and process construction and demolition waste into recoverable and reusable materials, such as graded aggregate.

The site will create 50 jobs across a range of operational roles, including drivers and waste handlers.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director at O’Donovan Waste Disposal, said: “There are so many large, long-term development projects in London that there is a real need for increased recycling infrastructure like this.”

Press release

Composition testing underway for Basildon waste plant

Resource Futures is to undertake waste compositional analysis for the recently constructed UBB Essex waste facility.

UBB Essex is a partnership consortium between Balfour Beatty and Urbaser and the new Basildon plant will process up to 417,000 tonnes of residual municipal waste annually once fully operational.

Resource Futures will deliver three waste composition audits between February and July that will analyse 12 one-tonne samples of waste.

This will provide a representative breakdown of the type of material that the plant is receiving.

Resource Futures Operations Director Sam Reeve said: “Determining a detailed composition profile for the material will help to make sure that the Basildon MBT plant is optimised to work as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

Press release

No CD recycling in parliament

The chair of the finance and services committee John Thurso has said that the House of Commons Commission has no plans to introduce recycling points for CD’s and DVD’s on the parliamentary estate.

The information came in a written reply to a parliamentary question from former environment minister Joan Ruddock.

Although Thurso would not commit to these facilities, he said “We continue to review Parliament’s waste recycling and recovery arrangements as part of our objective to move waste streams up the waste hierarchy.”

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