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News round-up 28/8

Financial red tape review launched; Recycling rates almost double in trial areas; ZWS launching reused clothing line; Skip company pollutes river

Financial red tape review launched

A review to improve the effectiveness of rules designed to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing has been launched as part of the government’s Cutting Red Tape programme.

The review will look at the implementation of legislation and activity carried out under Money Laundering Regulations 2007 by supervisors including the Financial Conduct Authority and HMRC.

The call for evidence will run for eight weeks until 23 October. Five other sector reviews, inc,uding waste, were launched on 16 July.

Government

Recycling rates almost double in trial areas

Recycling rates in Dundee have almost doubled where a new bin scheme has been rolled out.

Dundee was one of only five out of Scotland’s 32 local authorities that still had a weekly bin collection and it is hoped the changes will nearly boost the city’s recycling rate to 60% over the next five years.

Phase one of the scheme added burgundy bins, new food waste caddies and large, communal bins to homes in Broughty Ferry, the West End, Dryburgh and Gowrie Park.

Dundee Courier

ZWS launching reused clothing line

Zero Waste Scotland’s (ZWS) Love Your Clothes campaign is partnering with the Salvation Army Trading Company to find designers to encourage people to make the most of old clothes.

One fashion designer and one textile designer will have a full-time paid 12-week residency to create collections from unwanted garments.

ZWS textiles manager Lynn Wilson said: “This exciting new project with the Salvation Army Trading Company aims to show Scots the true value of their clothes and how, with a little love and attention, the item they may intend to throw out could in fact be turned in to something more valuable for the current or new owner.”

Press release

Skip company pollutes river

A Huddersfield-based skip hire company is being pursued by the Environment Agency (EA) for breaching environmental regulations.

The EA ordered the Hunter Group to clear up after waste breached a boundary fence and spilled onto the bank of the River Holme.

The agency is considering further action after the company failed to act.

Examiner

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