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News round-up 26/9

Recycling centre wrecker jailed; Smart claim Welsh contract; DS Smith combine leadership; New-look carton campaign

Jail for recycling wrecker

A man who went on a rampage in a digger at a recycling centre in West Yorkshire has been jailed for three years, it is reported.

The BBC says Trevor Lewis, 59, of Hebden Bridge, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court after admitting causing £300,000 worth of criminal damage at an earlier hearing.

The incident happened at the Eastwood Recycling Centre in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, in July.

BBC report

Smart contract in south Wales

Smart Solutions is now delivering a £2m contract to provide managed services to support waste operations at Rhondda Cynon Taf County Council’s Materials Recycling Facility.

The company is employing 90 local staff at the site in Hirwaun, south Wales, providing 24-hour support.

The initial two-year contract means Smart Solutions delivering staff to sort over 120 tonnes of mixed recycling a day.

Press release

DS Smith unite paper and recycling divisions

The paper and recycling divisions of DS Smith will be brought under single leadership of chief executive Peter McGuinness, who to date has led the recycling division.

Group CEO Miles Roberts said: “The markets in which we operate remain very challenging, but I am confident that this management change will provide the leadership and focus required for our continued drive as the leading supplier of recycled packaging”.

Company statement

New look for carton campaign

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) has launched a new campaign to increase carton recycling and drive greater tonnages to UK facilities.

Branded ‘re:cartons’, the campaign is designed to increase the effectiveness of communications with local authorities. As well as the new name, the strapline ‘Let’s recycle more’ provides a call to action for increasing all recycling.

ACE UK – which represents the leading beverage carton manufacturers Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc – has developed a toolkit which local authorities can access to help them engage with local residents on beverage carton recycling.

Press release

 

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