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News round-up 27/3

Repic landmark; UK beaches littered; council bin-bag checks; recycling worker terrorist conviction; milk bottle milestone

Repic celebrate 1.5 million tonnes of WEEE

On its 10th birthday producer compliance scheme Repic has surpassed the collection and treatment of 1.5 million tonnes of WEEE.

Speaking at a House of Commons reception, minister of state for business and energy Michael Fallon said: “Reaching 1.5 million tonnes of WEEE is a remarkable milestone to reach in less than seven years since the WEEE Regulations took effect.”

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More litter than ever before on British beaches

Volunteers found 2,309 items of litter on every kilometre on beach cleaned in the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS’s) Beachwatch Big Weekend in 2013.

MCS said: “Our beaches are becoming coastal dumping grounds and we need more people to act now and either join a regular beach clean or make lifestyle changes to help stop the litter getting their in the first place.”

Council claims bin bag checks ‘not spying’

Wellingborough Council has said checking for recyclable material in people’s black bin bags in Northamptonshire is not spying.

In a pilot scheme, the council is to monitor the contents of bags left alongside bins in Minerva Way, which it cites as a “hotspot” for extra waste.

If successful the pilot could be extended across the town.

Glass recycling worker convicted of terrorism offence

A worker from a glass recycling firm in Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, who plotted to blow up mosques and Islamic centres has been convicted of a terror offence.

At Kingston Crown Court, Ian Forman, of Birkenhead, was found guilty of engaging in the conduct in the preparation of terrorist acts.

Police said concerns were raised about Forman by colleagues at the glass recycling firm.

Nampak celebrates 500 millionth bottle

Nampak Plastics has announced that sales of its Infini bottle have reached the 500 million mark.

Since its launch in 2012, the Infini bottle can now be found in a number of major retailers including Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.

Infini is currently the lightest and strongest bottle on the British market. It has saved 34,000 tonnes of carbon and 16,000 tonnes of material per year since 2012.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Interesting claim by Repic. It is assumed that they mean that they have received 1.5m tonnes of evidence, much - possibly most - of which will have been purchased from other PCSs. The implication of the announcement is that they have collected and treated 1.5m tonnes themselves. That would indeed, be well worth the publicity, but I am not sure that securing 1.5m tonnes of evidence is quite the same thing?

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