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News round up 28/8

UK performance drives Veolia growth; Banbury blitz collects waste ‘as heavy as 10 giraffes’; Councillor attacks kerbside collection plan; Vehicle recycler expands base

UK performance drives Veolia growth

Veolia’s UK operations have helped the company achieve a 1.4% rise in revenue for the first half of 2014.

The company posted revenue of €11,232m compared to €11,074m in the first six months, thanks in part to a “strong performance” in the United Kingdom.

UK revenue for the period was up by 13.5%, but the company did not break the figures down further. The contributions of contracts in Leeds and Staffordshire were highlighted as two of the growth drivers.

Revenue for Europe as a whole, however, was up 2.6% to €2,427m from €2,365m.

Antoine Frérot, Veolia Environnement’s chairman and chief executive officer said: “First half results were satisfying and encouraging. Revenue growth continues and our commercial efforts targeting the industrial sector are already bearing fruit.”

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Banbury blitz collects waste ‘as heavy as 10 giraffes’

A team of seven officers from Cherwell  District Council’s have removed litter weighing the same as 10 giraffes – or 14.5 tonnes – during a week-long project in a Banbury housing estate.

The team spent 299 man hours picking up litter and sweeping, and the council also offered a free bulky waste service which removed an extra 2.26 tonnes of furniture and white goods from houses on the estate.

Cllr Tony Ilott, lead member for clean and green, said: “This is our fourth blitz of the year and once again the amount of rubbish removed from just one area is astounding. By clearing more than 14.5 tonnes of rubbish in just five days it shows just how valuable these blitzes continue to be. “

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Councillor attacks kerbside collection plan

A councillor in North Yorkshire has criticised a ruling that refuse collectors should only pick up bins placed on the kerbside, according to the Craven Herald & Pioneer.

The paper claims that Craven council is acting under instruction from the Health and Safety Executive but Cllr Paul English said: ”It seems strange that we are being told that there is too much risk for trained professionals to move wheelie bins, but little old ladies can.

“Refuse collectors are refuse collectors, that is what they are employed to do. It seems more than more we can’t let them do the job they are employed to do, it is ridiculous.”

Craven Herald & Pioneer

Vehicle recycler expands base

FAB Recycling Group is developing its base in the Forest of Dean because of growth in demand for recycled car parts.

The vehicle recycling business has spent £350,000 on storage, yard and fixtures at its 2.5-acre site at Cinderford.

FAB has also purchased new transport to ensure next-day delivery of pre-owned vehicle parts across the UK.

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