Council introduces green waste charge; New infrastructure commission; Brickkiln ‘forced into administration’; Scottish industry greenhouse gases fall
Council introduces green waste charge
Croydon’s council will start charging local residents for the collection of their garden green waste from 1 January 2016.
The free garden waste service was in force between 2006 and 2014 but will be withdrawn due to funding cuts from central Government.
Lord Adonis to head infrastructure commission
Chancellor George Osborne has appointed former Labour cabinet minister Lord Adonis to head a National Infrastructure Commission to take the politics out of major infrastructure decisions and create a “national consensus”.
Osborne said the Government will increase infrastructure spending by up to £5bn over the course of the Parliament, with cash from the sale of land, buildings and other state assets recycled to fund new projects.
Brickkiln ‘forced into administration’
The director of Northern Irish waste firm Brickkiln has said it was forced into administration in July after the council stopped paying for waste disposal services in April of this year.
Tommy McGlinchey told local reporters that almost £750,000 is owed and that non-payment had cost 50 jobs and contributed to on-going waste issues at the Brickkiln site at Maydown, Londonderry.
McGlinchey also says the council’s decision not to pay means that waste on the site is likely to be landfilled by any prospective new owner as there will be no contractual requirement under the terms of sale to dispose of the waste via energy recovery.
Scottish industry greenhouse gases fall
Figures released by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) have shown a 9% drop in total greenhouse gases emissions from industrial sources from 2013 to 2014.
The Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory also shows a general decreasing trend in total emissions of greenhouse gases since 2007.