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News round-up 29/5

ZWS announces council support; Bee box wins green award; Whisky waste winner; Three weekly black bin collections for Meirionnydd; Further protests at EfW site

ZWS announces council support

Zero Waste Scotland has announced details of support for Scottish councils to enhance recycling and reuse services they offer.

The group highlighted specific opportunities to enhance existing recycling services, with a particular focus on making it easy to recycle in different contexts, and to increase opportunities for the public to donate reusable goods.

The support on offer includes investment for projects which:

  • improve underperforming household recycling centres
  • provide extra facilities for reuse at household recycling centres
  • increase opportunities for  people to ‘recycle on the go’ in key locations
  • offer improved collection services to people living in tenements and flats

These investment priorities are complemented by general technical and communications support.

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Bee box wins green award

A specialist corrugated transport box for bee colonies, designed by a paper packaging company, has received special recognition at the 2015 Green Packaging Awards in Austria.

The awards programme recognises environmentally friendly innovations in the packaging sector, which contribute to resource conservation and waste prevention in the design process and across the supply chain.

Judges praised the impressive benefits Smurfit Kappa’s Bee-Box packaging design offers customers, which include:

  • 80% less storage needed when flat packed, reducing costs
  • 90% reduction in weight, in comparison to wooden boxes
  • 75% CO2 emissions saving during transportation

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Whisky waste winner

The scientist who produced the first of a new generation of fuels from whisky industry waste has been honoured at the inaugural Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards in Glasgow.

Dr Eve Bird, of Edinburgh startup Celtic Renewables, was among 11 winners.

Jillian McKenna, director of marketing at Scottish Renewables, said: “Our winners perfectly demonstrate the vital contribution young professionals are making to the success of renewable energy. People like Dr Eve Bird show how academia plays such a huge role in what is still a young industry.”

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Three weekly black bin collections for Meirionnydd

From 1 June, black bag bin collections for households in the Meirionnydd area of Gwynedd, North Wales, will be extended to a three-weekly service from the current fortnightly collections.

The change will bring Meirionnydd into line with households in the Dwyfor area which switched to new arrangements in October 2014.

Recycled rubbish collections will continue to be weekly.

John Wynn Jones, the Gwynedd cabinet member for the environment, said: “I’m thankful for the way the people of Dwyfor have taken to the new waste collection arrangements, and am confident that people living in Meirionnydd will embrace the changes in the same positive manner.”

Press release

Further protests at EfW site

Union workers have staged another protest at the Wilton 11 energy from waste (EfW) complex.

As reported by MRW, demonstrations have already taken place on 18 and 30 April over an unresolved dispute between Suez and GMB regarding pay for foreign workers.

The demonstration is organised by the Teesside Construction Committee on undercutting.

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