Miliband pledges green focus; Dangerous driving campaign launched; Keele University claims zero landfill waste; Nampak’s Infini bottle wins again
Miliband pledges green focus
Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised the Green Investment Bank more power should his party win next year’s general election.
Speaking at Labour’s annual conference in Manchester, he said: “We’re going to have a Green Investment Bank with powers to borrow and attract new investment.”
In one of Labour’s national goals, he pledged to make Britain a “world leader in the green economy” and promised to take all carbon out of electricity by 2030.
Dangerous driving campaign launched
A joint initiative has been launched between police and the Isle of Wight’s waste collection provider in an attempt to cut the number of driving incidents which pose a risk to workers.
Hampshire Constabulary and Island Waste Services have joined forces to promote road safety after CCTV footage captured by waste vehicles shows a number of incidents of dangerous driving.
Rob Brooker, Island Waste Services municipal manager said: “The vast majority of drivers are courteous and drive safely past our vehicles and staff. However, there have been occasions where impatient drivers have not only risked their safety, but those of others and our staff.”
Keele University achieves zero landfill waste
Keele University has worked with Biffa Waste Services and has brought its waste levels to landfill down to zero.
Extra bins separating dry recyclables, glass and waste were installed by the university as part of a four-year project to hit the target. Biffa now handles any waste on campus and always sustainably.
The university’s environmental manager Huw Evans said: “Along the way towards our zero waste-direct-to-landfill aim we have hit all our targets as well as been able to educate students on the importance of waste management.”
Nampak’s Infini bottle wins dairy prize
Nampak Plastic’s Infini bottle design has won the Judges’ Award for Packaging Innovation at this year’s Farm Business Cream Awards.
Infini previously won silver prize for sustainability at the WorldStar Awards and Green Product of the Year at the 2013 British Engineering Excellence Awards.
It is the world’s lightest 4-litre bottle at 32g and uses up to 20% less material than a standard bottle and is up to 30% recycled HDPE.