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News round-up 25/11

Police dumping warning; reward scheme announced; Biffa WEEE collections; Recolight in finals

Police waste dumping warning

Lincolnshire Police has warned landowners not to be “suckered” by criminal gangs offering money to store waste on their property.

It warned that “it will cost you” when the authorities find out, and has urged people not to be tempted. A spokesman said: “There are teams of criminals that operate in your area who will offer cash to store waste on your land. They promise to come back and remove it but don’t, and you will be left with waste that may contaminate your land.”

Local Green Points wins £1m contract

Havering Council has awarded a £1m contract to Local Green Points to set up a recycling reward scheme for residents.

Council leader Michael White and cabinet member for environment Barry Tebbutt announced the contract during a ‘Love Food Hate Wast’e cookery workshop.

Press release

Biffa trumpets WEEE collections

A Biffa initiative has helped six English local authorities to capture more than 135 tonnes of unwanted domestic electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) as part of normal household collection services.

Since Biffa rolled out its first WEEE collection service in late 2011 for Woking Borough Council, residents in participating authority areas have recycled 135.24 tonnes of small household WEEE, as well as 7.64 tonnes of waste batteries.

Of the six councils, Woking is top performer with 37 tonnes, followed by Surrey Heath with nearly 27 tonnes.

Press release

Recolight makes Green Economy Awards finals

Recolight, the UK’s WEEE compliance scheme for the lighting industry, was a finalist in the Green Economy Awards 2013, supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Recolight entered the Waste or Recycling Project of the Year category, which looked for examples of outstanding resource efficiency, waste elimination, and recycling or reuse initiatives.

Marketing manager Suzanne Castine said: “In the six years since the WEEE regulations were introduced, we have funded the recycling of over 175 million waste lamps, preventing 700kg of mercury from entering landfill.”

Press release

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