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News round-up 5/1

Jamie in food waste campaign; Edinburgh to reduce bin size; £500,000 investment in baling facility; Business boost after Scottish regs

ASDA and Jamie Oliver partner in food waste trial

Supermarket chain ASDA will test a new range of mis-shapen fruit and vegetables sold at reduced prices after working with TV chef Jamie Oliver on ideas to help cut food waste.

ASDA said the line is labelled “Beautiful on the Inside” and will features “crooked carrots, knobbly pears, wonky spuds and more”.

The trial will begin at five stores on 26 January.

Oliver said: “If most Brits had half an idea of the amount going to waste, they’d be snapping up ugly veg by the trolley load. There’s no difference whatsoever in taste or nutritional value. This is perfectly good food that could and should be eaten by humans.”

Ian Harrison, ASDA produce technical director, said: “There is still work to be done in encouraging customers to give “wonky” fruit and veg a go, but we hope our campaign will break down some of those barriers and make ‘ugly’ food more accessible for shoppers and families.”

Press Release

Edinburgh to reduce bins’ size after trial

A trial by Edinburgh Council to cut the size of wheelie bins for general household waste has been credited with significantly boosting recycling and is expected to be rolled out across the city.

Homes were given a new 140-litre bin for landfill waste, and told to use their larger 240-litre bin for mixed recycling, replacing recycling boxes.

Households within areas using the new system recycled 3.5kg per week – 85% more than the city-wide average of 2kg.

Average weekly landfill waste at those households was 4.5kg, 40% down on figures prior to the implementation of the scheme.

Collection dates were also simplified, with all bins being picked up on the same day.

The Scotsman

Cumbria Waste Group invests £500,000 in baling facility

Cumbria Waste Group will invest over £500,000 in a waste baling facility at its Hespin Wood site, near Carlisle.

The baler will compact recyclables such as cardboard, plastics and cans, making them easier to store and transport.

It will process six tonnes of waste per hour.

Mike Bareham, Cumbria Waste Group managing director, said: “The baler produces highly compacted, clean bales of waste material, such as cardboard and plastics, which can then be sold on the recycling markets and, in some cases, provide a customer with a rebate on their waste.”

Press Release

Scottish rules boost business, says ZWS

Scottish businesses are seeing the benefits of the regulations imposing the separate collections of recyclables and food waste, Zero Waste Scotland has said a year after the new rules came into force.

“Waste management firms [are] reporting a boost in business from greater access to food waste that would otherwise end up in landfill,” said Iain Gulland, chief executive at Zero Waste Scotland.

“There is of course still a challenge for us to reach businesses who could benefit from advice on how they need to implement the regulations.  We can help businesses deliver their obligations through our free Resource Efficient Scotland service.”

Press Release

JCBs stranded in vessel

More than JCB machines on board the stricken cargo ship, the Hoegh Osaka, which has been grounded in The Solent.

The load includes 50-tonne and 33-tonne JCB tracked excavators, backhoe loaders, telescopic handlers, wheeled loading shovels and forklifts. All the machines are made at JCB’s Staffordshire factories.

A JCB spokesman said: “There are 105 JCB machines on board the grounded cargo ship which were destined for dealers in the Middle East. We are awaiting further information from the shipping carrier about the current status of the machines and any plans they may have for retrieval.”

The machines are owned by JCB’s dealers in the Middle East, the region they were being shipped to.

Press Release

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