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News round-up 25/4

NI landfill rates; Glenfarg blaze; Colgate’s recycling pledge

Northern Ireland landfill rates continue to fall

Just over half of local authority collected municipal waste in Northern Ireland has been sent to landfill, according to provisional statistics for the last three months of 2013.

The figure of 50.4% is down just over seven percentage points compared to the same period in 2012. The proportion of local authority collected municipal waste sent for recycling and composting increased by three percentage points to 38.7%.

Total municipal waste was 217,265 tonnes, similar to the previous year.

Fire Service tackles large fire at Glenfarg recycling plant

Firefighters have been tackling a major fire at a recycling plant at Glenfarg, near Bridge of Earn in Perth and Kinross, Scotland.

Forty members of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were called to the scene at Binn Farm following reports of a fire at a building that contained 100 tonnes of waste.

Fire service group manager Billy McLintock said: “At its height this was a substantial fire which was contained within a very large recycling plant.

“The fire is very deep seated. There are multiple seats of fire and because the building is enclosed it is a very challenging environment for our firefighters, due to the thick smoke and limited visibility. The construction and type of insulation is also challenging.

A joint investigation into the cause of the incident will take place in due course involving SFRS, Police Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Colgate commits to 100% Recyclable Packaging for most products by 2020

Colgate-Palmolive has committed to making 100% of its packaging completely recyclable by 2020 for three of four product categories, after talks with environmental non-profit organisation As You Sow.

The personal care products giant Colgate will also work towards developing a recyclable toothpaste tube or package, which would bring its fourth product category close to the same sustainability standard. Most toothpaste tubes are made from unrecyclable plastic laminates.

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