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News round-up 27/3

Lincolnshire metal dealer crackdown; Ward Recycling ‘state of the art’ extension; Veolia Southend-on-Sea contract; Scottish sea litter

EA crackdown on illegal Lincolnshire metal dealers

The Environment Agency (EA) has been tackling illegal vehicle dismantlers and unlicensed scrap metal dealers in Lincolnshire.

Working with Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Police, they made a series of visits to illegitimate operators to provide guidance on compliance.

EA enforcement officer Peter Stark said: “We want the industry to operate on equal terms and we receive a tremendous amount of support from legitimate collectors and yards. We will continue to engage with illegal operators, provide advice to those who want to comply, and stop those who flout the regulations.”

Press release

Ward Recycling opens ‘state of the art’ extension

Ward Recycling has opened a new facility that includes a £450,000 ‘state of the art’ glass clean-up extension.

Business secretary Vince Cable visited the facility as for its official opening.

The extension forms part of a £3.2m investment in its facility that has been supported by a £500,000 grant from Let’s Grow, a £30m Regional Growth Fund programme.

Cable said: “I was pleased to see Ward Recycling’s impressive expansion plans. Their state of the art facility will enable them to exploit overseas markets and increase their workforce.”

Press release

New Southend-on-Sea contract for Veolia

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has selected Veolia to coordinate their recycling, waste and street cleaning services.

The new contract is for 15.5 years with an eight-year break clause and was approved unopposed at a full council meeting on 26 March.

The contract is starting on 5 October 2015 and will reportedly deliver savings to the council along with several service enhancements.

Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia’s senior executive vice president UK and Ireland, said: “We are looking forward to working in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to deliver increased recycling rates and high quality services for all residents.”

Press release

Scottish sea litter

The Fishing for Litter Scotland scheme has announced on its 10th anniversary that it has recovered 800 tonnes of litter from the sea.

Buckie will be the 15th port to take part in the scheme which attempts to reduce the amount of litter being deposited into the oceans.

Over the last 10 years, items including a washing machine, tumble drier, a WWII mine and a curling stone have been removed from Scottish waters.

Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Litter is a blight on Scotland’s communities and coastlines, tarnishing our beautiful landscapes and harming our wildlife and natural assets.”

Scottish Government

 

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