EU packaging targets; fly-tipping fires; Tata job losses; Medway weekly collections
EUROPEN calls for ‘realistic’ packaging targets
The European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) has called for “realistic approach” to EU packaging targets.
The overall recycling rate in the EU27 increased slightly to 63.6% in 2011 from 63.3% in 2010, according to data published by Eurostat. EUROPEN said that “tailored” efforts are still needed to help some member states reach targets.
Waste and fly-tipping fires cost £16m
Refuse fires are costing taxpayers millions of pounds a year, according to the Scottish Fire Service. The service’s latest figures showed there were 7,937 blazes involving refuse and fly-tipping in 2012/13, with almost 90% started deliberately.
The cost of dealing with these fires was about £15.9m.
Tata Steel cuts 500 jobs in north-east
Nearly 500 jobs are to be cut by Tata Steel at its plants in Scunthorpe, Workington and Teesside. About 340 jobs could be affected in Scunthorpe, 90 in Workington and 40 in Teesside.
The company said: “The proposals come amid a prolonged downturn in demand for some of the key products made by the Scunthorpe-based business, including the UK market for construction steel, which is about half of 2007 levels.”
Medway launches weekly collections
Medway Council has started weekly waste collections, including recycling and garden materials, after being awarded a £14m Government grant.
Previously blue and white bags and brown wheelie bins were collected on alternate weeks. The council also delivered thousands of small food compost caddies to residents.