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News round-up 31/1

Viridor heat plan; Leeds waste fire talks; bin distributer fined; landfill to close; SEPA challenge

Viridor plant could heat 20,000 homes in Wales

A district heating network, to be connected to Viridor’s Trident Park site in Splott, has been given £245,000 funding from the UK government.

Cardiff councillor Ashley Govier said the 12km pipeline, run by E.On, would help make the city sustainable.

Waste fires damage

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s community safety committee is due to hold talks over the potential environmental damage caused by the growing number of serious fires at waste recycling sites in Leeds.

Since July last year there have been major blazes at locations in Beeston, Armley and Sherburn in Elmet in the West Yorkshire remit alone, not taking into account the recent spate of fires up and down the country.

Recycling bins distributor fined for late delivery

A contractor that was late in delivering thousands of new recycling bins to homes across Barnet has been fined £100,000 by the council.

SSI Schaefer was put in charge of distributing more than 330,000 new containers for the local authority when it brought the borough’s recycling service in-house and introduced a new system in October.

But the contractor missed its deadline and was a week late delivering more than 11,000 of the bins.

North east landfill site to shut

A tip and landfill site at a former quarry on Wearside is to shut after 17 years, a council has confirmed.

Operator Biffa wanted to carry on with tipping at the former Houghton Quarry, despite objections from locals.

But Sunderland Council said it had withdrawn its application and the site would be re-developed.

SEPA outlines sustainability challenges

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published a new report demonstrating that being sustainable throughout all its work has proven a challenge for the Agency.

The ‘Sustainable SEPA’ report provides an annual update (for the period covering 2012 – 2013) on how SEPA is keeping pace with its internal targets to improve its own sustainability, and also explains its activities in response to its duties under Scotland’s ambitious climate change act.

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