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News round-up 4/9

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

Fire at carpet recycling warehouse

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with a large fire at the carpet recycling facility of Swarland Brickworks at Thrunton (pic, above). The fire, which started on 3 September, is burning in a large warehouse approximately 80m by 60m and involves shredded carpet in large bales. The cause of the fire is unknown.

LARAC seeks new CEO

The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) is seeking a new chief executive officer (CEO) for the organisation. Current chief executive, Colin Kirkby retires in May next year. Kirkby has been chief executive of LARAC since 2001.

Three people hurt in gas explosion

Three people have been injured by a gas cylinder explosion at a T-Met scrap metal recycling site in County Antrim, the BBC reported. Police were called to the scene after the explosion and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is leading the investigation.

Circular economy toolkit launched

A new initiative developed at Cambridge University has been launched, providing free guidance to companies that want to shift towards a circular economy and realise value in their waste stream. There is an online assessment tool and is information about how to run your own circular economy workshops at




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