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News round-up 3/7

HSE launches paper safety strategy; DECC resource spending ‘to decrease by 90%’; Boost for reuse project; EA visits suspected waste crime sites; Recycling trucks ‘overheating’

HSE launches paper safety strategy

Judith Hackitt, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has launched a new strategy on behalf of the Paper and Board Industry Advisory Committee.

Giving a keynote speech at the Confederation of Paper Industries’ biennial health and safety conference (above), Hackitt said: “It is not about bureaucracy, it is not about what looks good on paper, it is about identifying the real health and safety risks that the paper industry faces, and taking action to manage them”.

She congratulated the industry on a 50% improvement to the injury rate in the papermaking and tissue sectors, and the 34% reduction in injuries across the paper sector as a whole, but warned there was no room for complacency.

Press release

DECC spending ‘to decrease by 90%’

Spending by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) could reduce by 90% by 2018-19, according to research from the Green Alliance.

Ring-fencing of funding the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and international climate finance commissions could curtail the department’s spending elsewhere, including staff, the report suggests.

Green Alliance

Boost for reuse project

An innovative community reuse project in Oxfordshire has been awarded a Defra grant of almost £30,000 to expand the service it offers to people moving home.

Bicester Moves is a partnership scheme which specifically targets people moving house to encourage them to donate unwanted items and consider opportunities for reuse, repair or second hand goods.

Emma Gordon, from sustainability organisation Bicester Green, which leads the partnership, said: “Think of Bicester Moves a bit like a dating agency for household items in Bicester. We’ll link people who need things like furniture, soft furnishings and electricals as they move home with people who have things they no longer need and want to get rid of.”

Press release

EA visits suspected waste crime sites

The Environment Agency has said its staff, together with police, council and fire officers visited site operators around Knowsley on Merseyside after hearing reports of “suspicious waste activity” in the area.

They checked that site operators had the right permissions to be operating a waste business and that they were managing, handling and storing waste correctly and in line with their permit.

Environment Agency

Bath’s recycling trucks ‘overheating’ during hot spell

Recycling trucks in Bath were temporarily rested due to the heatwave damaging the electrical circuits of the waste compactors.

Bath and North East Somerset Council said more trucks were drafted in for its collections.

Overheated circuit boards for the waste compactors are now being modified to help cope with the heatwave.

The council said this was a problem other councils were facing in the UK.

BBC News

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