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News round-up 25/2

Serco wins contract; Refuse Not Refuge campaign; milk bottle recycling up; Scottish landfill problems; recycling centre theft

Serco wins waste and recycling contract

Serco has been selected by the London Borough of Havering to manage its household waste and recycling services.

The seven year contract (with an option to continue for a further three years) commences on 1 August is valued at around £40m. Serco already delivers a range of environmental services to over 17 local authorities across the UK from waste and recycling collections to landscaping and street cleansing. 

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B&M Waste campaigns with Shelter

B&M Waste Services has launched a nationwide campaign to warn people against sleeping in refuse containers.

The ‘Refuse Not Refuge’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of sleeping in the large waste containers, which are collected by industrial trucks.

Biffa and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management recently launched a report on the issue.

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Milk industry boosts recycling

Nampak Plastics has announced that recycling levels of shigh density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic milk bottles reached an all-time high in 2013, increasing to 79%.

The 2013 survey, undertaken by Recoup Recycling, estimated 316,054 tonnes of plastic bottles were collected for recycling in 2012, and of those, 96,396 tonnes were HDPE milk bottles.

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Scottish council’s landfill waste figures continue to rise

A review of recycling centres by Highland Council is set to take place after figures showed the amount of residual waste dumped there is increasing.

With the authority aiming to increase the amount that’s recycled and reduce what goes to landfill, bosses are keen to clamp down on unfair dumping of commercial waste while ensuring that a host of recycling options available to householders are maximised.

Theft from recycling centres on the rise

Levels of theft from rubbish tips and recycling centres has reached “astonishing” levels, a waste management and recycling company has warned.

According to, both site staff and visiting members of the public are equally to blame, with many staff thefts made in the hope of make a quick profit by selling on stolen goods.


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