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News round-up 28/9

EU official talks food waste; Cigarette recycling scheme; Clothes bank arson; Unison warning on green investment; HWRC to close for improvements

EU official talks food waste

The European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans singled out tackling food waste in a speech at the Post 2015 Development Summit in New York.

He said: “About tackling food waste – a third of the food worldwide is thrown away which is frankly shocking beyond belief.”

Timmermans is one of the main EU officials involved in putting together the Commission’s revised circular economy package, expected in early December.

Press release

Cigarette recycling scheme launched

A scheme has been launched to recycle cigarette butts into plastic products under a scheme that aims to cut litter and landfill

The Cigarette Waste Brigade allows groups, workplaces, councils and individual adults to collect butts, ash, used and unused filters, rolling paper, inner foil packaging and outer plastic packaging and send them for recycling using free shipping labels.

Press release

Clothes recycling bank set alight

A clothes recycling bank was set alight in an arson attack in Sheffield.

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze on Irving Street, Darnall, at 5.40am on 25 September.

Sheffield Star

Unison warns against green reinvestment

Calls from campaigners for the UK’s 101 local government pension funds to stop investing in fossil fuels are admirable, but over-simplify the task that disinvestment would mean, Unison has said.

The public sector union said it would like to see Local Government Pension Scheme funds reinvested in green business instead of firms with big carbon but warned this could create economic uncertainty.

Press release

HWRC to close during improvements

Essential upgrading work will take place at Slag Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre in Wigan, which is operated by FCC Environment on behalf of Wigan Council.

Residents have been encouraged to use alternative recycling centres at Kirkless, which is six miles away, and Chanters Industrial Estate in Atherton, which is five miles away, during the closure, from 12 October to 6 November.

Wigan Today

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