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News round-up 4/12

ECO Plastics a ‘leading SME’; decarbonisation bill; biogas enters National Grid; Merseyside waste initiative

Stock Exchange highlights ECO Plastics in landmark SME report

Recycling business ECO Plastics has been highlighted by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as one of the country’s most dynamic and fastest-growing businesses, based on a report celebrating the UK’s leading SMEs.

Jonathan Short, deputy chairman of ECO Plastics, said: “It is a testament to how far the domestic industry has come over the last decade. From a standing start, the UK is now building a twenty-first century recycling infrastructure that is right up there with the most advanced in the world.”

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Decarbonisation Bill first reading

A private members’ bill asking the Government to set a decarbonisation target for 2030, brought by Labour MP Ian Murray, has taken its first step in the House of Commons.

Murray told MPs: “We must not lose sight of the fact that the effects of climate change and high energy prices are felt most acutely by the poorest in our societies. That is why this House should take the opportunity to do all it can to ensure that we decarbonise our energy and make a contribution to addressing the deepening climate crisis.”

National Grid opens biogas tally

The National Grid has commissioned its first commercial biogas plant, linking an £8m anaerobic digestion scheme near Doncaster to the network.

The facility by biomass operator Future Biogas will in a year ferment 35,000 tonnes of crops including maize and grass to produce biomethane. The output is now being injected into the gas grid in South Yorkshire.

Press release

Community resource projects funding award

More than a dozen community projects that are working to cut food waste, and recycle or reuse everything from textiles to furniture and school uniforms have been selected to spearhead a £235,000 waste initiative across Merseyside and Halton.

A total of 16 groups have each been awarded up to £20,000 from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Environmental Services Community Fund 2013-2014, to deliver activities designed to have a direct impact on the amount of waste sent to landfill.

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