Bournemouth garden waste strategy; NI AD plant delayed; Ministers visit steel firms; Sustainability award for cheese firm
Council could charge for garden waste
Bournemouth Council is considering retracting its free garden waste collections policy and start charging households up to £50 a year.
The service, launched in 2008, is used by almost 32,000 households and currently runs fortnightly from April to November. Last year the scheme was responsible for 4,375 tonnes of garden waste being composted.
In May 2013, council leader John Beesley said fees would not be introduced while he was in charge, insisting he had “no intention whatsoever of charging for green waste”.
NI AD plant delayed
Mid-Ulster councillors have deferred a decision on whether to back a commercial waste digestion and power plant that objectors claim would be too close to homes.
Planners have already approved the development at Ballynakelly, near Coalisland.
Mid-Ulster Council’s planning committee met on Tuesday evening.
Ministers visit steel firms
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb and business minister Anna Soubry visited steel companies Tata and Celsa to discuss the challenges the industry faces and how the UK Government can support it.
Soubry said: “The steel industry is facing very tough global economic conditions but my department is providing support where we can and we’ll continue to work closely with the sector.”
Sustainability award for cheese firm
Cheese producers Wyke Farms has been selected as the UK’s champion in the 2015-2016 European Business Awards in the category for environmental and corporate sustainability.
The company is the first national cheddar brand to be 100% self-sufficient using its own energy generated from solar and biogas.