Enforcement powers come into effect; Waste operator given HGV ban; Man dies in recycling bin; Cycle safe refuse trucks rolled out; Swansea students tour plant
Enforcement powers come into effect
Enhanced enforcement powers come into effect today to help tackle waste crime in England and Wales.
Defra and Natural Resources Wales announced new regulatory powers, including the ability to suspend waste operators if found to be in breach, a few weeks ago following a consultation in February.
Fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping, which were also agreed in the consultation, will be introduced next year.
Waste operator given HGV ban
The owner of a Staffordshire waste disposal firm has been banned from operating heavy goods vehicles for 12 months.
George Talbot, who owns Alsager Contractors Ltd in Stoke-on-Trent, was disqualified after a public inquiry held by the West Midlands Traffic Commissioner.
The firm’s transport manager, Stephen Talbot, did not attend the hearing and was disqualified from working in that role again until he passes new transport manager examinations.
Man dies in recycling bin
A man has been found dead in a recycling bin at Shiremoor, North Tyneside.The cause of death of 31-year-old Phil Little is as yet unknown, but he is reported to have been a recovered drug addict.
A police spokeswoman said officers did not believe there was anyone else involved in the death.
Cycle safe refuse trucks rolled out
The City of Edinburgh Council has rolled out ‘Cyclear’ technology, aimed to reduce the likelihood of accidents involving cyclists and lorries, to a further 17 vehicles after a trial on eight trucks.
The equipment comprises three elements, including an illuminated sign that lights up to alert anyone travelling towards a lorry when it is turning left and a speaker announcing the manoeuvre for additional warning.
Sensors on the side of the vehicle also detect when a cyclist travels alongside it, alerting the cyclist with an audible message, and sounding a warning buzzer to the driver.
Swansea students tour plant
Students from Swansea University have been given a tour of the city’s main recycling plant in Llansamlet as part of efforts by the council to encourage them to manage their domestic waste while studying in the city. Hundreds of new students have arrived in recent weeks to start courses at various colleges.
David Hopkins, cabinet member for environment and transportation, said: “I’m sure the visit to the baling plant will also prove very interesting for the group who will get to see exactly what happens to all the domestic waste we collect from the kerbside.”