Incinerator health report late 2015; Three strikes rule adopted; Hanger recycling contract renewed; No Walsall green waste charge
Incinerator health effects report published late 2015
The Health Protection Agency’s findings on the health effects of emissions from municipal waste incinerators are forecast to be published towards the end of 2015, according to Jane Ellison, parliamentary under-secretary of state for health.
In a written answer in parliament, Ellison added: Public Health England’s position that well run and regulated modern municipal waste incinerators are not a significant risk to public health remains valid, and the study is being carried out to extend the evidence base and to provide further information to the public on this subject.”
Council adopts three strikes bin rule
Basingstoke and Deane councillors have agreed to adopt a new ruling asking bin crews to inspect bins for recyclable material and issue warning tags, in an attempt to drive up the council’s recycling rate.
After receiving three warnings, bins will be left without being emptied.
Councillors agreed on the proposals on 27 January.
The council currently has one of the lowest household recycling rates in the country at just over 25%.
Braiform renews Bibby Distribution contract
Garment hanger manufacturer and recycler Braiform has renewed its contract with Bibby Distribution.
Bibby Distribution has provided transport for Braiform’s hangers from warehouse to store, and collection for reuse, since 2005.
Under the contract, Bibby Distribution deploys stand trailers at Braiform’s clients’ regional distribution centres. Hangers are transported across the country to major stores such as Matalan, Peacocks and Debenhams.
Bibby’s fleet then collects used hangers from the collection points. Once collated, they are transported back to Braiform’s central hub in Sheffield, where the hangers are reused or recycled.
Braiform prevents around one billion hangers a year from being sent to landfill sites worldwide, with Bibby providing essential support for this in the UK.
Walsall abandons green waste charge plans
Plans to charge for garden waste collections in Walsall have been abandoned.
Over 70% of respondents to a council budget consultation said they wouldn’t pay for the service if a fee was introduced.
However, plans to close five libraries across the borough are set to go ahead following the survey.
The council, which faces £86m in cuts over the next four years, is set to approve the amendments next month.
In total, the authority scaled back 11 cost-cutting proposals based on public feedback, including an end to street cleaning services and maintaining grass sports facilities.