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News round-up 30/3

Waste crime vehicle guidelines; CPI director for ACP; Recycling books for Birmingham schoolchildren; Kelso renewable homeware store

Waste crime vehicle guidelines

Defra has released updated guidelines to local authorities for seizing vehicles suspected of waste crime.

MRW previously reported that The Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 would establish new procedures for vehicle seizures for waste collection authorities, the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.

Authorities currently have the power to seize a vehicle where they have reasonable grounds for believing that an offence has been committed, but they can only do so to ascertain who was using it at the time of the offence and must return it once the registered keeper is identified.

The powers granted by the new bill are more stringent on illegal operators and in some cases allows authorities to permanently confiscate vehicles.

Guidance document

CPI director appointed to advisory packaging committee

Simon Weston (pictured), the director of raw materials for the Confederation of Paper Industries, has been appointed to the Defra advisory packaging committee (ACP).

The committee is comprised of sector representatives from each element of the packaging supply chain and was revamped in January after Defra advertised for new members last September.

The ACP’s role is to bring together industry expertise in packaging and packaging waste to make recommendations to Defra to assist in recycling policy development.

Press release

Birmingham schoolchildren to receive recycling books

Waste vehicle producer Dennis Eagle and children’s publisher Skips Educational have partnered to educate Birmingham school children about the benefits of recycling.

The scheme will distribute more than 10,000 books to schools across the city, designed to educate children on the wider benefits of recycling.

The partnership was formed during Dennis Eagle’s tendering process to supply Birmingham City Council with a new fleet of refuse collection vehicles.

Press release

Renewable homeware store opens in Kelso

A new store focusing on renewable energy supplies for homeowners has opened in Kelso in the Scottish Borders.

Green Square will sell a range of items including solar panels, pellet biomass stoves, solar thermal, biomass boilers and heat pumps.

The manager of the new centre, Oliver Thyne, said: “We have had an excellent response from people locally so far who seem keen to convert to green energy supplies. The launch exceeded our expectation.”

Press release

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