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News round-up 27/8

Firefighters get aggressive with Averies Recycling fire; Viridor seals recyclate contract; East Sussex celebrates cost savings; Post graduate certificate scheme extended

Firefighters get aggressive with Averies Recycling fire

Firefighters in Swindon have today (27 August) started using more “aggressive” tactics to extinguish the blaze at Averies Recycling, which has been alight for more than a month.

The firefighters will poor “thousands of litres of water per minute” on the fire after more than 1,000 tonnes of waste were removed by Environment Agency contractors. The removal of this waste has allowed the firefighters to gain better access to the main fire.

Ian Jeary, area manager at Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Unfortunately the situation will seem worse before it gets better, but everything possible is being done to minimise disruption and bring this fire to an end.”

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Viridor seals recyclate contract

Dacorum Borough Council has awarded Viridor a three-year contract to process and sell dry recyclate materials.

The council, which is part of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership, will collect kerbside recycling materials from Hemel Hempstead, Berkhampsted, Tring and surrounding villages. The materials will be transported to Viridor’s MRF in Crayford where it will be processed for use in remanufacturing. 

Graham Warren, regional managing director at Viridor, said: “Winning this contract reflects our desire to pursue quality and, by working in partnership with councils, create opportunities to increase the value we recover from our waste streams. I’m very proud of all the team who worked together to impress Dacorum and win this contract.”

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East Sussex celebrates cost savings

East Sussex County Council’s decision to divert waste away from landfill during the planned shutdown of the Newhaven energy-from-waste (EfW) plant has saved taxpayers around £22,000 it has claimed.

While the Veolia-run plant was closed for annual maintenance the council struck a deal to send around 4,000 tonnes of waste to an facility in neighbouring Kent.

Cllr Carl Maynard, the East Sussex County Council’s lead member for transport and environment, said:  “This is the first time we have sent waste we are unable to process due to the shutdown to an alternative energy recovery facility, but due to its success, is certainly something we plan to do in the future.”

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Post graduate certificate scheme extended

Organisers of the RWM with CIWM show have extended the deadline for applicants to take up a fully funded qualification from the University of Northampton for a post graduate certificate in resource management.

The £2,000 part-time course is usually completed in one year and is aimed at anyone considering a management role or for existing managers looking to improve their skills and knowledge.

The course consists of three compulsory modules - environmental and waste management legislation, advanced thermal and biological waste management technologies, and waste minimisation. The new deadline is 5 September and applications can be made at

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