Protests at new collection regime; Pumpkin waste campaign; Hampshire says IBA could drive recycling; Environmental policy head at EEF
Protests at new collection regime
Around 2,000 people in Blaenau Gwent in north Wales have signed an online petition complaining about a new recycling regime in the week it was introduced.
They are unhappy with a Trollibocs system replacing plastic bags, saying they are less convenient and more cumbersome.
From 26 October, Blaenau Gwent Borough Council has opted to collect its residual waste every three weeks, having initially considered a four-weekly option in a move that was expected to increase recycling rates by up to 10%.
Pumpkin waste campaign
The Love Food Hate Waste campaign, delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, is urging people not to bin their scooped-out pumpkin flesh and make the most of the seasonal food with a range of pumpkin-based recipes.
This comes in as people throughout Scotland are set to buy around 100,000 pumpkins to make Halloween lanterns this Saturday with nearly two thirds expected to throw them away.
Hampshire says IBA could drive recycling
Incinerator bottom ash (IBA) could help the county to reach its recycling rate target, according to the new chairman of Hampshire’s waste partnership Project Integra.
Councillor Sean Woodward, who is also executive member for environment at Hampshire County Council and leader of Fareham Borough Council, was appointed as Project Integra’s chairman yesterday.
He wants to see the criteria changed so that IBA is counted towards recycling rates as it is in other countries.
Environmental policy head at EEF
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has appointed Claire Jakobsson as its new head of climate, energy and environment policy. She will be taking over the reins following Gareth Stace’s departure to become director of UK Steel.
She will be leading a team of three policy experts and will be responsible for advancing the interests of manufacturing in the environment and sustainability sectors.
Jakobsson said: “A strong manufacturing sector is vital if the Government’s economic and social aspirations are to be securely underpinned. However, industry cannot create the right conditions for growth alone - the Government has a critical part to play in laying down the right policy foundations upon which industry can thrive and grow.”