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News round-up 26/10

Second Mid UK fire in months; Cromwell lines up caddy contract; St Helens begins rewards scheme; Medical student fined for dumping waste

Second Mid UK fire in months

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at Mid UK’s recycling plant in Ancaster, less than four months after the last one.

Crews from Grantham and Sleaford attended the recycling centre on the High Dyke on Friday evening.

One hundred tonnes of recycled waste bales were damaged, with on-site staff assisting Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue in smothering the fire using machinery.

Lincolnshire Echo

Cromwell lines up caddy contract

Cromwell Polythene has won a contract to supply 7.3 million compostable kitchen caddy liners to East Lothian Council in East Scotland, which has introduced a food waste kerbside collection scheme to boost its recycling rate and comply with legislative targets.

Rolls of 52 Ecopond biodegradable bags have been distributed to each of the council’s 47,000 households. The rolls incorporate a yellow tag towards the end that serves as the re-order form for further supplies, which are provided by the collection crews.

The order was placed via the Scotland Excel framework, which helps local authorities and others aggregate their procurement demands, achieve efficiencies and cost savings across a range of products. 

Press release

St Helens begins rewards scheme

St Helens council has launched a scheme that could hand out £15,000 in spot prizes to families who recycle more than their neighbours.

The scheme will see vouchers worth £75 awarded to the top two household recyclers in all 16 wards of St Helens.

If the project, which is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, continues for at least 12 months, the total amount given away will top £15,000.

St Helens Reporter

Medical student fined for dumping waste

A medical student who twice dumped bags of rubbish in a Salford street feared she had dumped her career alongside the waste.

The student pleaded guilty after hiring a car to take nine large bin bags of waste to the tip but she threw them into the street instead.

She was fined £140 and ordered to pay costs and compensation of £772.58 and a £20 victim surcharge.

Press release


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