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News round-up 27/11

Doncaster waste transfer; Brazil PET shirts; sewage plant energy; another Siteserv fire; sky lantern fire

Council to create waste transfer station

Doncaster Council is proposing a new site in Kirk Sandall where waste will be dropped off for a short time before being moved off to another location for processing.

Recyclable material will also be stored temporarily there before going to its end destination for processing.

Councillor Christine Mills, Doncaster Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “Currently waste is collected in refuse vehicles from people’s homes and taken away to landfill for disposal. However, from 2015 most of Doncaster’s non-recyclable waste will go to a new site in Rotherham where it will be processed into fuel.”

Brazilian team recycled bottle strip

The Brazilian squad will be appearing at the 2014 World Cup dressed in recycled PET. Each individual kit is made 18 waste PET bottles, said their supplier Nike.

Team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said: “‘The shirt looks great, the only thing missing is a sixth star. We aim to have that on there after the World Cup.”

Energy to be produced from sewage plant

The UK’s first human waste-powered data centre is to be built in Greater Manchester.

United Utilities is investing £10m in the storage complex, which will be at its Davyhulme sewage plant.

The treatment works already generates enough biogas to power the equivalent of 9,000 homes. It digests sludge from across the region and converts it into gas, which in turn fuels turbines to generate clean energy.

Second fire at Siteserv

Nearly 90 firefighters have been tackling a large blaze at an industrial estate in the Vale of Glamorgan, the second fire in less than a month.

The incident is under control but the fire service expects to be at the Siteserv site at Vale Business Park in Llandow for a number of days.

A different Siteserv premises nearby was previously devastated by fire.

Worcestershire leisure park fire ‘caused by sky lantern’

A fire at a camping and caravanning centre in Worcestershire is thought to have been started by a sky lantern. About 50 caravans and mobile homes were damaged in the blaze at Croft Farm Leisure Park, near Tewkesbury.

Earlier this year a fire said at the time to involve 100,000 tonnes of plastic and paper recycling material at a West Midlands depot run by J & A Young (Leicester) was also thought to be sparked by a sky lantern.


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