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News round-up 4/11

Pope tackles food waste; recyclers’ vehicle warning; coal waste reclaimed; EU food plan; food scheme shortlisted

Pope tweets on waste

Pope Francis has used his Twitter account to highlight the problem of wasted food. He said: “The ‘throw-away’ culture produces many bitter fruits, from wasting food to isolating many elderly people.”

Industry regulator warns North East recycling firm

Shildon-based International Waste Metals has been ticked off by the Traffic Commissioner for failing to meet vehicle and driver standards.

The region’s commissioner, Kevin Rooney, called the company, from Shildon, County Durham, to a regulatory hearing after government inspectors reported problems with vehicle safety standards and driver record keeping.

Bullcroft Colliery coal waste to be reclaimed from tip

A scheme to sell 280,000 tonnes of coal mined from a waste mound at a former colliery site is to go before a South Yorkshire council. The mining waste was accumulated before Bullcroft Colliery closed in 1970.

The former colliery tip at Carcroft, near Doncaster, is currently used as an area of community parkland. A report to Doncaster Council proposes the residual coal deposits would be “sufficiently large to make their recovery a viable proposition”.

EU food plan

The European Parliament is to consider a new plan to grow Europe’s horticulture sector and reduce food waste. A report by UK MEP Anthea McIntyre said it is ‘deeply concerning’ that as much as a third of edible produce is wasted because of its appearance.

Food waste scheme is shortlisted for award

The Devon and Cornwall Food Association (DCFA) has been shortlisted for up to £50,000 of People’s Millions Lottery funding. The scheme redistributes in-date food that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

DCFA is one of two projects chosen for the South West region but the charity is now calling on the public to help them secure the funding. A public vote on 26 November will decide which project wins.

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