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News round-up 4/12

Midlothian EfW plant; MEPs discuss EfW; Durkan in safety pledge; Leeds shopping centre challenge; ‘Fashion Salvage’

FCC Environment preferred bidder for Midlothian EfW plant

Edinburgh and Midlothian councils have named FCC Environment as the preferred bidder to design, construct, finance and operate a new energy-from-waste facility in Midlothian.

The partners aim to sign a 25-year contract by the middle of next year, with FCC operating on site by 2018.

The facility will sit alongside a food waste treatment plant, which is currently under construction on the Zero Waste Parc next to the disused rail Marshalling Yards near Millerhill.

The contract will be to process up to 135,000 tonnes per year of mixed waste collected by the councils.

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EfW discussed at European Parliament

MEPs, representatives of the European Commission and industry discussed the role that energy from waste (EfW) plays in sustainable waste management and energy production at a dinner debate in the European Parliament yesterday.

Ella Stengler, managing director at the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants, said EfW plants thermally treat waste that cannot otherwise be recycled in a sustainable way, helping to divert it from landfills, and use it to produce local energy.

The confederation noted that EfW is a “pillar of European energy security”, with the potential for 2020 to equal a third of current gas imports from Russia.

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Durkan urges sector to prioritise safety

The environment minister for Northern Ireland has called on the waste sector to ensure that health and safety is given priority at all waste facilities.

Following a briefing by the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum for Northern Ireland, Mark H Durkan said: “There are vital steps which can and must be taken by those responsible for health and safety at waste facilities to ensure that we never have a repeat of the tragic and avoidable incidents that claimed the lives of David Layland at a landfill site in Mallusk in August 2008 and Alan Devenny at a Coleraine recycling centre in July 2011.

“We must never forget that there are real risks for those who work within this sector and it must make every effort to ensure a safer working environment for them. I therefore fully support the work of WISHNI for its ongoing commitment to identifying, devising and promoting best practice to improve industry health and safety standards.”

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Leeds shopping centre launches recycling challenge

Trinity Leeds, the city’s biggest shopping centre, has launched the ‘Make Your Mark’ recycling initiative to encourage 120 shops, bars and restaurants to recycle more.

Retailers were asked to commit to recycling targets. Next, Primark, H&M and Nando’s are among the retailers that took the pledge and began on-site waste segregation.

Successful retailers who hit and exceed key targets will be rewarded with poster profiles around the centre.

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Lwarb supports first ‘Fashion Salvage’

A reuse event focused on clothing was held in London at the end of November (photo above).

Love Your Clothes first ever “Fashion Salvage” was attended by almost 50 fashion bloggers, journalists, students and fashion industry insiders.

Funded and supported by the London Waste & Recycling Board, the event was designed to raise the issue of textiles waste in London amongst a younger fashion-conscious audience. It was delivered as part of a project funded through the London Textiles Forum.

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