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News round-up 3/1

Thames plastic pollution; Swindon green waste charge; Liverpool recycling plans; Edinburgh landfill error; waste transfer station fire

Thames plastic waste warning

An “unseen stream” of plastic rubbish flowing along the bed of the river Thames and out into the North Sea will have a detrimental effect on marine life, a new report indicates.

Scientists from the Natural History Museum and Royal Holloway, University of London, collected waste over a three-month period at the end of 2012 from seven locations along the river bed of the upper Thames estuary, between Crossness and Broadness Point.

Swindon residents will pay for green waste recycling

People living in Swindon will have to start paying for their green waste to be recycled from April.

Swindon Borough Council said introducing a charge for green waste collections could save £720,000 a year. The new £40 annual charge was agreed by councillors. The price includes a special bin to put waste in.

Plans unveiled for new Liverpool recycling centre

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority has unveiled plans for the development of an urgently needed new Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in Liverpool.

A site on Cheadle Avenue, Old Swan in Liverpool, has been identified as a possible location and it could become only the second facility of its kind in the city, helping to boost the region’s recycling rates.

Press release

Edinburgh’s festive food waste landfilled in error

Eight tonnes of Edinburgh’s festive food waste has ended up in landfill, rather than being turned into energy, after problems occurred over where the waste was to be stored.

A “lack of appropriate storage” at the council’s waste depot at Powderhall was said to be the reason for a “one-off blunder”.

Firefighters save Derby waste transfer station

A waste transfer station that caught fire early on New Year’s Day was saved by the quick actions of the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The fire was at Downing Road Waste Transfer Station in Derby.

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