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News round-up 4/10

Your daily round-up of key stories affecting the resources management industry.

Call to ban ‘wasteful’ plastic charity bags

More than 500 million plastic charity bags go to waste every year, says waste and recycling company BusinessWaste.co.uk, which is calling for restrictions on the practice. The vast majority of charities’ plastic sacks for doorstep donations are not used, it said.

British dump gadgets

The UK is becoming a “throwaway nation” for consumer electronics, with the average lifespan of gadgets falling as people replace them with the latest models, according to UK-based auction website BidGrid.co.uk. Mobile phones are most likely to be dumped before the end of their viable life.

Biffa signs up to Zero Waste Scotland

Recycling and waste management company Biffa has signed up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment. The agreement is aimed at delivering higher resource efficiency targets through the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which come into force in January 2014.

IKEA holds recycling training day

A training day has been held at Ikea, Tameside, (see above picture) to educate local housing association officers on the importance of recycling in their area. The aim was to give housing officers the tools and knowledge to engage with their residents to ensure the correct items are being recycled

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