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News round-up 30/6

Pickles on weekly collections; Biffa makes Top Track 100; E.ON biomass plant celebrates first electricity; Most Europeans want less waste

Pickles ponders weekly collections

Local Government secretary Eric Pickles has told the Sunday Telegraph that a Conservative government may look at amending the Household Waste Recycling Act 2003 to ensure that local authorities collect black bins every week.

He said: “One option being considered by the Conservatives is the introduction of a minimum service standard, which would reinstate the previous legal requirement for councils to collect rubbish weekly.”

However, a spokesperson for the Local Government Association said that a change in law was not necessary as the “vast majority” of householders were happy with the way that bins are currently collected.

Biffa makes Top Track 100

Biffa Has been named in the Sunday Times Top Track 100, the newspaper’s listing of private companies in the UK, based on sales for the previous year.

The firm was named number 74 in the list, which was topped by retail and wholesale pharmaceutical company Alliance Boots after its draft accounts showed a turnover of £792m with profits of £91m.

CEO Ian Wakelin said:  “Yet again, Biffa has proved itself worthy of joining the UK’s top 100 businesses and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. It has been a tough few years but through the hard work and dedication of all of Biffa’s people, we have turned the prospects of the company around.”

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E.ON biomass plant celebrates first electricity    

Electricity generated from E.ON’s Blackburn Meadows biomass in Sheffield has synchronised with the local distribution network for the first time.

The plant, which converts waste wood intro electricity, can provide enough energy for 40,000 homes with its 30MW output capacity.

Luke Ellis, project manager at Blackburn Meadows said: “The next and final stage of the project is the reliability and performance testing phase which us due to be completed this summer.”

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Most Europeans want less waste

A new survey has found that 80% of Europeans want their country to waste less while 96% said that they think it is important that Europe uses resources more efficiently. The European Commission’s Waste Management and Resource Efficiency – Flash Eurobarometer questioned more than 25,000 people across the EU on a range of waste management-related issues.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “Waste clearly touches a nerve: Europeans want to waste less, and they are making efforts to practise what they preach. This makes moving to a more circular economy a logical step forward. The appetite for more recycling is there: now we need to deliver the mechanisms to help it happen.

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