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News round-up 27/2

First waste for Shanks plant; Northern Ireland waste data; Welsh fly-tippers tracked; Thumbs-up for Carlsberg cans

First waste for Shanks plant

Shanks’ Rotherham plant has started accepting its first waste in a £750m deal with Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Councils.

The plant houses mechanical biological treatment and anaerobic digestion facilities which are designed to process 265,000 tonnes of municipal waste annually.

The facility is a joint venture with Scottish and Southern Energy who will take half of the RDF produced for electricity production at its multi-fuel plant in Ferrybridge.

Peter Eglinton, managing director of Shanks’ UK municipal division, said: “We look forward to continuing to work with the authorities and local residents to increase their diversion from landfill using this genuinely sustainable solution.”

Press release

Northern Ireland waste data

The total municipal waste arisings in Northern Ireland for 2013-14 (924,000 tonnes) are 1% up on the previous year, according to the 2015 Northern Ireland Environmental Statistics Report.

Recycled waste in 2013-14, including composting, was 376,000 tonnes, up by more than 6% on the amount recycled in 2012-13 (354,000 tonnes).

The proportion of household waste sent for recycling or composting has increased from around 19% in 2004-05 to just over 41% in 2013-14.

Press release

Welsh fly-tippers tracked

The Welsh Government has announced plans to introduce a new GPS system that will track fly-tipping incidents.

The system will help local authorities and landowners to geographically plot areas suffering from the crime.

The Welsh tax payer spent £1.9m on fly-tipping in 2013-14 to clear up 32,000 incidents.

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant said: “To enable us to effectively tackle fly-tipping in Wales, we need to have robust data on which to base our programmes.”

Press release

Thumbs-up for Carlsberg cans

The Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute has certified Carlsberg’s beverage cans which are manufactured by Rexam.

The institute grades products according to a number of criteria including material reutilisation, renewable energy and carbon management.

The brewer was awarded a bronze certification for its cans which is the first time that the institute has recognised a product of this type.

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