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News round-up 25/10

Stobart biomass; Leeds confidential shredding; recyclers fined after serious injury; Northampton residents “confused and cheesed off”

Stobart wheels out biomass strategy

The Stobart Group is reported in the Financial Times as focusing on the “two growth areas of biomass and airports”, under a four-year growth plan it implemented in 2011.

More than 90% of the company’s revenue still comes from transport but new chairman Iain Ferguson said it would focus on other businesses capable of delivering significant growth.

Leeds City Council awards confidential waste disposal contract

McCarthy’s Safe Shred has been hired to provide secure services for Leeds City Council.

The contract is likely to see the shredding arm of McCarthy’s Removals and Storage collect and safely dispose of around 115 tonnes of confidential waste annually from council offices and other council-run premises, including leisure centres and care homes.

Company fined after worker loses arm on dangerous conveyor

A recycling company has been fined for safety failings after a worker lost his arm after trapping it between a roller and the belt of a moving conveyor at a site in north east London.

Domingos da Conceicao Freitas, 28, had his right arm amputated following the incident at MSK Waste Management and Recycling Ltd, on River Road, Barking, on 17 August 2012. He is no longer able to work and is said to struggle with day-to-day tasks such as washing and dressing.

Northamptonshire recyclers ‘cheesed off’ by reminder tags

Colour coded reminder tags attached to recycling bins in Northamptonshire have left some residents “confused and cheesed off”, a town mayor has said.

People with too many non-recyclable items in bins are given a red “sorry” tag and the bins are not emptied. They were introduced by East Northamptonshire Council a week ago.

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