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News round-up 27/10

Doonin director given community payback order; Whisky distillery gets GIB funding; M&S unveils recycled paper packaging tags; Pennines man fined for leaving bin out

Doonin director given community payback order

Gary Doonin, the director of Doonin Plant Limited, has been sentenced to a community payback order of 250 hours after being found guilty of keeping “hundreds of tonnes of controlled waste” at a site within the Woodend Colliery in West Lothian.

Both Doonin and the company were found guilty of the charge in September 2012. The company was fined a record £200,000 and sentencing for Gary Doonin was deferred until 23 October this year.

In September this year, Doonin Plant lost its vehicle licences when Traffic Commissioner for Scotland Joan Aitkin ruled that the company vehicles were being used for criminal activity.

Press Release

Whisky distillery gets GIB funding

The Royal Brackla Distillery in Nairn, Scotland, has been awarded funding from the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to improve its energy efficiency.

The funding will be used to install a biomass boiler to replace the existing heavy fuel oil burners. The boiler will also produce steam, which is necessary for several parts of the whisky production process. 

GIB chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin said: “Scotch whisky is a critically important part of the Scottish economy. That’s why I am delighted that we are able to help another distillery to save money and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. These projects have been structured so that the distilleries can start saving money from day one and don’t need to find the capital up-front.”

Press Release

M&S unveils recycled paper packaging tags

M&S, working with Design Futures at Sheffield Hallam University, has launched a new packaging tool made from recycled paper that will make it much easier to remove toys from their boxes.

The patent-pending PaperTies lock the product in place, securing it in the packaging as effectively as plastic ties, but can be easily torn by the customer. Unlike the widely used plastic and metal ties, M&S said the PaperTies can be thrown in kerbside paper recycling bins.

Alex Hill, senior packaging technologist for general merchandise at M&S, said: “Getting toys out of their packaging can be a big frustration for consumers and we have been working really hard over the last 18 months to find a solution. The PaperTies are designed to be as effective as plastic or metal ties, but can be torn easily - no more accidents trying to cut plastic and wire ties on Christmas Day, and no more frustrated children waiting to play with their new toy.”

Press Release

Pennines man fined for leaving bin out

A man from Nelson in the Pennines has been fined £315 for leaving his bins out after collections day.

Pendle Today reports that Jordan Thompson was fined £200 and ordered to pay legal costs of £95 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Cllr Davis Clegg, who represents Pendle Council’s waste management services said: “People who leave out their bins long after collection day have no regard for the appearance of their neighbourhood.

“We can and do – as this prosecution proves – take action against people who persistently do this.”

Pendle Today

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