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News round-up 4/4

1,000 edoc sign-ups; Brighton strike threat; shared environmental management; WRAP Cymru funding; Hertfordshire waste sites; LRS’s reponsible procurement

Firms sign up to edoc

More than 1,000 companies have registered to use the Environment Agency’s new electronic waste transfer system just two months after its launch.

Edoc ( has been praised by early adopters as “greener and cheaper” than paper waste transfer notes and as helping organisations become more aware of the amount of waste they are producing.

Brighton refuse workers could strike again

The GMB union has said it has written to the chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council to demand a meeting over refuse collections.

It claimed the authority had repeatedly failed to consult with staff on the reorganisation of rounds, which it said was “causing chaos”.

The union plans to ballot for strike action if a meeting is not held.

Councils share environmental services

Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire councils have launched a joint environmental services management arrangement, include recycling collections, refuse collections and street cleansing services.

The new structure from 1 April has resulted in a reduction of five posts - two through voluntary redundancy and three by not replacing vacant posts.

Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green issues, Cllr Nigel Morris, said: “We’ve gone a long away down the road of sharing structures and services between the two councils. But we can do more - so it makes sense to combine our waste collection operations in a move that will see overall savings for the two council of more than £200,000 a year.”

Press release

WRAP Cymru looking for ‘exemplar projects’

WRAP Cymru’s EU-backed ARID (Accelerating Reprocessing Infrastructure Development) programme is offering capital funding to ‘outstanding’ recycling and reprocessing businesses.

Businesses can apply for up to 40% match funding towards the cost of developing small-scale reprocessing facilities or segregated recycling collections.

Press release

Hertfordshire’s waste site allocations approved

Hertfordshire County Council’s Waste Site Allocations document has been backed by an independent inspector.

Looking at the evidence during the examination in public, and the subsequent modifications, the independent inspector found that the county council’s plans were an appropriate basis for planning for the county over the next 12 years.

Richard Thake, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Planning, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve received a positive report from the inspector. We have taken account of residents’ views throughout the process since the review began in 2004.”

Press release

New certification launched for responsible procurement

LRS Consultancy has launched a new certification – the Responsible Procurement Code (RPC) – to help UK organisations to assess and reduce the environmental, social and economic risks and impacts of their procurement activities on their business and supply chains.

The RPC provides organisations with an independent audit and certification based on an expenditure analysis and the evaluation of levels of responsible procurement and supply chain performance.  The results of the audit help organisations to assess the levels of sustainability within their procurement policies and practices across their business activities and identify areas for continual improvement. 

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