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News round-up 27/8

Third grass AD plant for Ecotricity; Company fined over depot blaze; 69.5% reduction in NI plastic bag use; Praise for Scottish consultation

Third grass AD plant for Ecotricity

Ecotricity is to develop a third anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to generate gas from grass sourced from non-food producing land within 10 miles of the plant.

The company launched its first ‘Green Gas Mill’ project in Gloucestershire in April, and a second, in Hampshire, was announced last week.

A fourth is also due to be unveiled before the end of the year.

Press release

Company fined for depot blaze

Oxigen environmental services, based in Ballymount, Dublin, has been fined €18,000 (£13,000) over a fire at its depot at the Merrywell industrial estate in January 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency had taken action against the company prior to the fire for dangerously holding waste.

The blaze lasted five days.

Belfast Telegraph

69.5% reduction in NI plastic bag use

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has announced a 69.5% reduction in the use of carrier bags since the introduction of the compulsory 5p levy in 2013.

91.5m bags were dispensed by retailers during the second year of the levy, compared to 300m in 2013 before its introduction.

There was an 8.2% increase in bag usage compared to 84.5m in 2014. The proceeds of the levy for 2014-15 totalled £4.6m.

Press release

Praise for Scottish consultation

Suez UK has commended the Scottish government for launching it consultation on creating a more circular economy.

The company praised the creation of three centres, which focus the circular economy aspects of design, business development, and the Scottish Institute for Remanufacturing.

The consultation will run until 30 October.

Press release

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