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News round-up 30/10

WEEE Ireland concerned over rogue collections; Sainsbury’s launches pumpkin programme; Co-Operative food’s #shelfie campaign; Continuous strike in Sheffield

WEEE Ireland concerned over rogue collections

WEEE Ireland has reported that it collected and recycled 25,651 tonnes of WEEE in 2013, 45% of all items placed on the market by its members.

However, the organisation has raised concerns about the material that is not being disposed of properly and therefore not entering the system.

WEEE Ireland chief executive Leo Donovan said: “Despite the recycling of unwanted electrical and battery waste being free and easy to do, not all of this waste is making its way back into an authorised system. As a result of these ‘rogue’ collections Ireland may be at risk of not achieving its challenging future EU recycling targets.”

Press Release

Sainsbury’s launches pumpkin programme

Sainsbury’s has launched a programme to promote the recycling of pumpkins over the Halloween period.

Customers will be able to bring back pumpkins to 10 trial stores around the UK where they will be taken away and converted into energy by Biffa, along with other food waste sent to the retailer’s anaerobic digestion programme.

Sainsbury’s head of sustainability Paul Crewe said: “There’s nothing more gruesome than a pumpkin past its best – so we want to make sure that once the spooky festivities are over we’re helping customers to get rid of their pumpkins in the right way.”

Sainsbury’s unsold pumpkins are already donated or sent to zoos.

Press Release

Co-Operative food’s #shelfie campaign targets food waste

The Co-operative Food has staged a campaign on social media designed to help shoppers minimise food waste, reports MRW’s sister title Retail Week.

The #shelfie campaign encourages consumers to Tweet photographs of the contents of their cupboard and fridge shelves and in return receive recipe ideas to ensure that food is not wasted.

The Co-operative Food chief executive Steve Murrells said: “Throughout October we shared advice on a weekly basis with colleagues and customers to encourage them to reduce the amount they personally throw away. We had a great response and they are now sharing their own hints, tips and leftover recipes.” 

Retail Week

Continuous strike at Sheffield recycling centres

GMB members employed by the Green Company, which runs five recycling centres as a subcontractor to Veolia for Sheffield City Council, will take continuous strike action from 1 November in a dispute over pay, facilities and how the contract is managed.

Strikes have already taken place in October over the issues, which include the installation of new toilet and bathroom facilities at the sites.

Peter Davies, GMB Regional Officer, said: “We know the company can afford to provide these basic conditions but they will not budge.”

Press Release

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