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News round-up 30/9

London reuse hub opens; Teesside EfW crunch talks held; Google partners with MacArthur Foundation; Biffa deploys vehicle fleet

London reuse hub opens

Southern Housing Group has joined forces with Groundwork London and London Community Resource Network (LCRN) to deliver a community reuse centre at Warner Road Estate in Camberwell, London.

The hub (pictured), due to open in October with funding from the European Commission’s LIFE+ programme, will offer a collection and re-sale service for its residents that will take furniture and electrical items.

Press release

Teesside EfW crunch talks held

Crunch talks are to be held in Liverpool as part of a campaign by trades unions to ensure an independent audit of wage rates is carried out at the £200m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant being built at the Wilton complex on Teesside.

The talks will involve Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Sita Sembcorp, and union representatives.

Before the talks, members from the unions, Unite, the GMB and Ucatt will be protesting outside the MRWA headquarters.

Press release

Google partners with MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has announced Google as its latest global partner accelerating the transition to the circular economy.

Google joins the foundation’s five existing partners: Cisco, Kingfisher, Philips, Renault and Unilever.

Over the coming months, the foundation and Google will be working to explore and shape a series of initiatives to embed circular economic principles into the fabric of the company’s infrastructure, operations, and device programmes.

Press release

Biffa deploys vehicle fleet

Biffa has deployed a new fleet of 20 collection and street cleansing vehicles to supports its long-standing waste management contract with Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

The £3m fleet, which began operating in September, comprises thirteen 26 tonnes and five 32 tonnes trucks which collect residents’ dry recyclable materials, food waste, green waste and refuse, as well as a mechanical pavement sweeper, a hot jet washer, and two street barrows with suction units.

Press release

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