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News round-up 28 October

NI farm investigated; shoe recycling; worker loses arm; eight tonnes of waste catches fire

NI illegal dump investigated

Lisburn City Council and the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency (NIEA) are looking into an illegal waste site discovered on a farm.

Council officers and the NIEA were called out to the large site at Moira Road on 14 October following complaints. Concerns were raised by residents about smell while others complained of unusual waste-related activity in an apparent large-scale operation.

Shoe recycling a ‘first’

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has announced that a system for recovering reusable materials from old footwear has been successfully trialled, in what it says is a “world first”.

The system can granulate and segregate leather, plastic foams and rubber for reuse in products ranging from rubber playground surfacing to new shoes.

Worker loses arm in conveyor

An experienced worker had his right forearm pulled off by a conveyor belt on a recycling site as he was trying to clean it, a court has heard.

Stephen John, 57, of Baglan Moors, Port Talbot, was working for Neath Port Talbot Recycling Ltd in Swansea when the accident happened on 11 May 2011. Swansea Crown Court fined the company £90,000 and ordered it to pay £50,000 in costs in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive.

Eight tonnes of waste catches fire in Leicestershire

Eight tonnes of builders’ waste caught fire in a Harborough district village on 25 October. Firefighters from Kibworth fire station were called to Theddingworth Road in Gumley at 7.06pm.

Two fire crews used high-pressure hose reels and compressed-air foam to put out the flames, according to the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service daily report log.

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