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News round-up 3/12

Waste plans end; transfer permission; Yiewsley recycling plant; microplastic pollution; LCD recycling

Site Waste Management Plans repealed

Site Waste Management Plans are no longer a legal requirement for construction projects, after the Government cut the requirement in a bid to reduce red tape for construction businesses from 1 December.

Waste transfer granted permission

FCC Environment has won its bid to use a site near Sutton Courtenay to transfer waste between vehicles. The company it will not result in an increase in the volume of waste processed on the site.

The company was granted planning permission for the plans to use the MRF near Didcot power station to transfer 60,000 tonnes of black bag rubbish collected in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.

Fight over Yiewsley recycling plant

A public meeting is to be held this week to look at local concerns over plans to build a recycling plant before a final decision is made.

Powerday wants to build on a former coalyard site on Tavistock Road, Yiewsley, near Hillingdon in London, 50m from the nearest houses.

Mounting microplastic pollution

Ingestion of microplastics by lugworms could have impact on ocean ecosystems due to their importance to food chain, according to a report. Particles of plastic rubbish ingested by the marine worms is significantly harming their health, scientists have found.

Two UK-based studies published in the journal Current Biology looked at whether near-invisible, microscopic plastics that sink into mud and sand in high concentrations are causing harm to species at the base of the food chain that ingest this sediment during feeding and are a source of food for other animals.

UK recycling plant processes LCDs

Electrical Waste Recycling Group has achieved full UK approval from the Environment Agency to be the world’s first recycling plant to mechanically process LCD Flat Panel Displays (flat screen televisions and monitors).

The company has gained approval at their five-acre site in Huddersfield.

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