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News round-up 25/2

Middlesbrough could go fortnightly for residual; Wormtech directors face bill; food waste on the menu; St David’s day recycling push

Middlesbrough considers fortnightly residual collections

Middlesbrough Council has said it would consider introducing fortnightly waste and weekly recycling collections.

Recycling has almost doubled in Middlesbrough since new bins were introduced.

The authority agreed last April to review recycling rounds in a view to changing collections.

However, Government funding for new refuse, recycling and green waste bins brought into use last year ties the council in to weekly refuse collections until 2017 meaning no changes can be made before then.

Gazette Live

Directors of recycling firm Wormtech face compensation bill

Two company directors could be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation after leaving mountains of rotting food and plant waste at their recycling company’s plant.

Jacqueline Powell, 58, of Manor Way, Cardiff owned 91 shares in Wormtech. The company allowed piles of rotting food and plant waste to lead to a £1.5m clean-up bill for the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales when it folded in 2012.

She was convicted of environmental offences by a jury following a trial and given a suspended 12-month jail sentence in 2014 while fellow director Jonathan Westwood, 38, of Wordsworth Avenue, Cardiff received a suspended 32-week sentence after admitting the breaches.

Wales Online

Food waste is on the menu

Plymouth’s Food Waste Partnership is raising awareness of the city’s huge food waste issue by holding a lunch serving food that would otherwise by chucked away.

The partnership was launched last year and aims to establish a much more positive approach to food waste collections, food recycling, composting and energy creation from food that cannot be saved in Plymouth.

Plymouth Herald

Welsh recycling pride on St David’s day

On 1 March Wales will “stand proud” as a recycling nation, according to Recycle for Wales.

The government-funded organisation urged householders to do even more to recycle, continuing Wales’ success in minimising waste.

Recent quarterly figures show that Wales recycles 58% of its waste, compared to the other UK nations - 48.5% in England, 42.2% in Scotland and 45.6% in Northern Ireland - making Wales the highest recycler in the UK and the fourth highest in Europe.

Press release

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