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News round-up 30/3

Mitie profit warning; 5 star H&S award for Biffa; Procurement open for East Devon recycling contract; Mersey Recycling Centres extended hours; Reuse charity collecting Dorset bulky waste

Mitie profit warning

Mitie Group has issued a profits warning due to what it called “market pressures” in its homecare and social housing businesses.

Its results for the year to 31 March 2015 will be announced on 18 May.

The company said its facilities management business was “performing strongly”, but homecare and social housing had suffered from the impact of local authority spending cuts

Mitie has now completed its departure from the mechanical and electrical engineering construction markets.


Biffa municipal given 5 star health and safety award

Biffa’s municipal division has received a five star award from the British Safety Council for its efforts to improve health and safety at work.

The division provides recycling, refuse, street and beach cleansing, and recycling centre management services for 35 local authorities across Britain.

This is the third consecutive year it has won the award, and the first time that it has received five stars for environmental management.

Municipal operations director David Maidman said: “Our 3,000 staff face very real and potentially lethal dangers every day, and we do everything we can to reduce those risks.”

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Procurement open for East Devon recycling contract

East Devon District Council has launched the procurement process for its recycling and waste contract, due to start in March 2016.

The council has achieved a 44% recycling rate and wants to extend this by accepting card and mixed plastics.

It seeks to maintain or reduce the service’s £4.7m annual cost, equivalent to 25% of the council’s spending.

The contract let will be for seven years, extendible to 10, seeking weekly collections for dry recycling and food waste, but open to two, three or four weekly options for main residual waste collections.

Press release

Longer hours for Mersey Recycling Centres

Merseyside recycling centres (pictured) are to open for an additional three hours every day from 1 April.

There are currently 13 centres in the area that will be switching to summer opening hours from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

Carl Beer, chief executive of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “Our centres accept all sorts of household materials for recycling, from batteries, cans and cardboard, through to garden clippings, glass bottles, furniture, soil, timber, electrical items and white goods, plus much more.”

Press release

Reuse charity collecting Dorset bulky waste

The Dorset Waste Partnership has chosen furniture reuse charity Dorset Reclaim to provide its bulky waste collection service.

The charity offers electrical and household goods donated from local people and businesses to households on low incomes.

The not-for-profit service will cost £30 for a single item and £6 for each subsequent item. 

However, if items are in good condition and can be reused, they may be collected for free.

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