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News round-up 31/7

Landowners warned over illegal operators; Queues as recycling hours change; Union seeks Manchester-wide pay deal; DECC AD events; Charter membership reaches 20

Landowners warned over illegal operator

The Environment Agency has warned landowners in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to beware illegal waste operations that leave them with huge clean-up bills.

Investigating officers found that in a series of incidents, a waste operator signed leases for land, dumped waste and then disappeared, leaving landowners to pay for cleaning it up.

Six sites have been found so far, and cleaning costs could be close the £1m, the agency said.

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Queues as recycling hours change

Wiltshire Council has changed the opening times of its household recycling centres to 10am to 4pm. They will be open on the peak days of Saturday, Sunday and Monday and on two additional days each week.

The council said queues had formed at the centres “while residents are adjusting to the new opening hours” with queuing occurring mostly before the 10am opening time.

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Union seeks Manchester-wide pay deal

The GMB union is to press for a single pay rate and contract terms for refuse, recycling and street cleansing workers throughout Greater Manchester.

It said its members were being paid at different rates for doing the same job depending on where in the conurbation they worked.

GMB organiser Michael Dooley said: “GMB members want a single universal pay scale with one contract of employment so every worker is treated the same.”

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DECC AD events

DECC is holding events in Edinburgh and London for the anaerobic digestion industry following the proposed removal of pre-accreditation from the Feed-in Tariff.

A workshop will be taking place at the offices of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association in London on 5 August.

This will be followed by the Edinburgh event on 13 August.


Scottish charter membership reaches 20

Bathgate-based recycler Scotwaste has become the 20th signatory to Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment for waste and resources customer service. 

Signatories must demonstrate consistent standards for business waste collections and excellent customer service, including promoting the benefits of resource efficiency to customers. 

Charlie Devine, head of resource management at Zero Waste Scotland said: “Signing up to the commitment is a great way to show customers that they’re striving for excellence.”

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