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News round-up 3/6

Bristol waste deal to go ahead; Irish Energy Investments increases NI presence; Fife waste firms exceeds expectations; Design award for household waste toy

Controversial Bristol waste deal to go ahead

Bristol has opted to continue with a short-term waste contract at the centre of an outcry over fly infestation.

Assistant Mayor Daniella Radice told a cabinet meeting the move would reduce the waste sent to landfill sites by about 12,000 tonnes a year, saving the council about £255,000 a year in landfill taxes and other costs.

The current amount of waste annually going to landfill is about 52,000 tonnes, an increase during the past two years.

Bristol Post

Irish Energy Investments increases NI presence

RiverRidge Recycling owner Irish Energy Investments (IEI) has announced the acquisition of Natural World Products (NWP) general waste collection and treatment assets for an undisclosed amount.

NWP exports RDF from Northern Ireland to continental Europe to assist local authorities to meet their landfill diversion targets.

An IEI representative said: “The acquisition of NWP brings in-house a number of activities which RiverRidge Recycling had previously outsourced to NWP.”

IEI stated that there will be no job losses as part of the acquisition. NWP’s organic waste treatment assets have not been included in the transaction.

Press release

Fife waste firms exceeds expectations

A waste company created by Fife Council to save the authority money has exceeded expectations.

Resource Efficient Solutions (RES) was established a year ago to provide waste, renewable power and environmental consultancy services to the local authority, other public bodies and business community.

The firm saved £1.5m in its first year when it was expected that it would only save the council £1m.

RES operates waste, recycling and biomass services in Dunfermline and Ladybank.

The Courier

Design award for household waste toy

A prototype toy buggy created by a Northampton student has landed the 22-year-old with a prestigious design award.

Christopher Doyle beat off 800 entries to scoop a Royal Society of Arts’ Student Design Award for his educational toy ‘Morty’.

Morty takes the form of a ride-on buggy which can be made into a number of different objects with the help of household waste.

Doyle, a product design student at the University of Northampton, said he was doing research into other toys which recycle waste and looked at ways in which household waste could be incorporated into his design.

Northampton Chronicle

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