Middlesbrough contamination crackdown; Worcestershire trio seek contract savings; NI recycling improves; new Environment Agency deputy chair
Middlesbrough contamination crackdown
The Gazette newspaper has reported that 12,407 recycling bins have been left unemptied since Middlesbrough Council launched a campaign against takeaway containers being discarded in them.
Recycling education officers are visiting 30 houses to advise residents against contamination.
The council said: “Anyone who has any concerns about the do’s and don’ts of recycling can call or visit the council’s website for more information and guidance.”
Worcestershire trio seek contract savings
Three councils in Worcestershire are planning to offer a joint refuse and recycling collections contract, which they believe will save £1.5m.
Worcester City Council is working with Malvern Hills and Wychavon district councils to design the contract under which each council would retain control of its own services.
A report by consultant Globe Environmental forecast the joint contract could deliver the £1.5m saving and, if approved, the joint service will begin in September 2017.
NI recycling improves
Northern Ireland’s quarterly household recycling and composting rate reached 37.6% in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 0.5 percentage points on the same period in 2014 and equivalent to 1,351 tonnes of material.
Environment minister Mark H Durkan said: “Less than 50% of household waste continued to be dumped in landfill, with an historical low 47.3% for this quarter. However, the rate of this decrease has also dropped to a historic low of 0.1%.”
Environment Agency deputy chair named
The government has appointed Emma Howard Boyd as deputy chair of the Environment Agency. She has spent her career in financial services and first joined the agency’s board in 2009.
Ministers have also re-appointed three other serving board members for further terms: John Varley, former general manager at British Telecom; Karen Burrows, who has held senior posts in energy company BG; Peter Ainsworth, Conservative MP for East Surrey 1992-2010 and former chair of the environmental audit select committee.