Suspended prison terms for recyclers; Larac warns over recycling rate; Textile company’s Sustainability Award; In-office paper recycler
Suspended prison terms for recyclers
Complaints of dead fish in a pond led to the prosecution of the two owners of a recycling business in Lancashire.
Mohammed Akram, 57, of Rochdale, was given a six-month suspended prison sentence at Bradford Crown Court after pleading guilty to three environmental offences relating to unlawful handling and export of hazardous waste. He was also disqualified from being a director for five years and ordered to pay £20,000 in legal costs.
At the same hearing, Asif Ali, 38, also of Rochdale, was ordered to pay £40,000 costs for his involvement in the illegal operation. In September 2013 he was handed a 15-month jail term, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work. He was also disqualified from working as a company director for five years.
They ran a company called Crystal Recycling Ltd, which received hazardous waste for export despite their site near Halifax not having an environmental permit or planning permission for a waste facility. Liquids 25 times more potent than raw sewage leaked into a nearby river.
Larac warns over recycling rate
The Local Authority Recycling Advistory Committee (Larac) has warned that the latest small rise in the England recycling rates shows that council services are struggling to expand further in the face of ongoing budget cuts and, without more support from Government and industry, the UK will miss the 50% target and be at risk of incurring fines from the EU.
Larac says a large part of success in Wales is the associated funding that has accompanied the clear policy drive for high recycling.
Larac is calling for urgent discussions with Government, producers and industry to implement new recycling services.
Yorkshire Textile company Camira Group has been presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development.
Camira, which also has factories in Huddersfield, has been recognised for its commitment to waste saving, recycling, staff development and corporate social responsibility.
The company makes over eight million metres of fabric per year, which is sold in 70 countries. They are a world leader in fabrics for commercial interiors and public transport, with clients including London Underground, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.
In-office paper recycler
Printer giant Epson has developed an in-office paper recycling machine, called the PaperLab, which takes waste paper and produces new, bright white printer paper.
Epson says this process is more efficient than sending paper to an off-site recycling plant, and it’s also much more secure.
Within three minutes of adding waste paper to the PaperLab, it starts pumping out new paper and can produce around 14 A4 sheets of paper per minute, or 6,720 sheets in an eight-hour workday.