Mid Sussex strike; Fire in East Yorkshire; Funding for plastics-to-fuel firm; Zero-carbon milk facility
Mid Sussex refuse workers to strike
GMB members employed by Serco on the Mid Sussex District Council contract for refuse, recycling and street cleansing have voted to take strike action in a dispute over pay.
The strike is due on 14 October.
The union says pickets will be in place outside the Serco depot in Haywards Heath throughout the day.
Fire at East Yorkshire site
Up to 60 firefighters from Humberside Fire and Rescue have tackled a large blaze at a waste recycling plant in East Yorkshire.
The fire broke out at Transwaste on Melton Business Park, Melton on Sunday.
Firefighters said the blaze had been confined to one building at the plant.
Recycling Technologies gets funding boost
Recycling Technologies, a company that recycles plastic waste into fuel, has received an investment from venture capital fund EcoMachines Incubator.
The fuel produced by the Swindon-based company can be used to generate electricity.
Adrian Griffiths, founder and managing director at Recycling Technologies, said (above left) said: “EcoMachines’ investment and support will help the company to accelerate, bringing this exciting technology to the market quickly. It’s nice to be a part of something that will have huge environmental benefits as well as providing exciting shareholder returns.”
Biffa helps Arla Foods to reduce carbon emissions
Dairy company Arla Foods has said its Aylesbury facility is on track to become the “world’s first zero-carbon milk processing facility” after partnering with Biffa.
Arla Foods has worked a series of initiatives that will cut its CO2 emissions, including installing a machine that crushes milk bottles, feeding milk to an anaerobic digestion tank and plastic to a baler.
The plastics are collected and recycled by Biffa Polymers’ facility in Redcar. Biffa then supplies the recycled plastic to a milk bottle manufacturer which, in turn, supplies Arla Foods, delivering a closed-loop system.