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News round-up 31/3

Welsh recycling investment; waste crisp fire; Cardiff fire still blazing; biogas advisory body launched; new TEG chairman

Welsh recycling investment

Welsh resources minister Alun Davies has announced £952,000 funding for specialist vehicles and a recycling centre in Rhondda Cynon Taf. 

The funding will help to fund the construction of a community recycling centre in Llantrisant and help to purchase four specialist vehicles for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s ongoing disposable nappy recycling scheme. 

The investment will also be used for promotional communications to encourage households to recycle more waste. 

Press release

Waste crisp fire

A storage shed housing 13 tonnes of waste Walkers crisps has caught fire in County Durham.

The blaze was reported to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service at on Sunday morning, 30 March.

The crisps had been cooked at a nearby factory and taken to Hulam Farm near Castle Eden for recycling after failing quality control and were destined to be turned into pig feed.

Cardiff recycling fire blazes on

A fire at a recycling centre on the outskirts of Cardiff will need around 20 firefighters at the scene “for the foreseeable future”, according to the fire service.

About 2,000 tonnes of waste material was set alight at the Atlantic recycling site in Newton Road, near Rumney, on 28 March.

South Wales fire service said two crews, a water pump and a command unit were stationed at the scene to tackle the blaze involving plastic and timber.

Scientific Advisory Council for biogas launched

The official launch of the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) has been announced.

The body is part of the European Biogas Association (EBA) and will be dedicated to the promotion of the biogas sector by means of scientific evidence.

Press release

New chairman for TEG

The TEG Group plc, which develops and operates organic composting and energy plants, has announced the appointment of Leo McKenna as chairman.

McKenna is a senior strategic advisor on international infrastructure development, procurement and commercial activity. He holds senior positions in both the public and private sectors and he has extensive international experience.

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