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News round-up 27/2

Great Manchester fire; London WEEE reuse; Scottish hazardous waste; Novelis climate award.

Recycling plant blaze causes ‘toxic’ smoke

Residents have been urged to keep doors and windows closed due to smoke from a blaze at a recycling plant in Greater Manchester.

Wayne Guffogg, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said “toxic smoke” had been coming from the Horwich fire for several hours.

About 40 firefighters tackled the blaze, which involved large amounts of plastics.

LRN boosts reuse workshops in London

Reuse workshops in Wandsworth and Greenford are expected to repair 9,000 electrical items every year in London.

They will also create 60 training places for out-of-work 18-24 year olds.

The workshops, run by charity ReWork, are part of the London Re-use Network (LRN).

Press release

Scots given up to £300,000 to remove hazardous waste

Scottish residents who feared they would have to pay a six figure bill for the removal of hazardous waste around their homes at Blanefield have been given a reprieve of up to £300,000 by the Scottish Government.

Finance secretary John Swinney pledged to spend the money on cleaning up land and arsenic from the grounds of the village homes.

Novelis wins Climate Leadership Award

Aluminium giant Novelis won the award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

This was for publically reporting and verifying corporate greenhouse gas inventories and achieving aggressive emissions reduction goals.

Press release

 

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