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News round-up 5/11

Bonfire warning; Serco waste pledge; business waste certificate; Bertie Bulb

Guy Fawkes Night bonfire warning

A Manchester recycling specialist has issued a plea to bonfire night organisers to stop burning wooden pallets during 5 November celebrations.

Burning pallets are a familiar sight on bonfires during Guy Fawkes Night celebrations but PH Pallets, based in Dukinfield, wants to stop people from using such valuable wood as fuel.

Waste collection guarantee for Canterbury

Serco has launched a guarantee scheme to residents served by Canterbury City Council. Under the scheme, whenever it misses a bin collection, Serco will donate the cost of the collection to one of three charitable projects: Umbrella Centre of Herne Bay, Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre and Porchlight. All three are set to receive £5,000 a year for the next two years, and this donation will be topped up if Serco misses any bin collections.

Businesses awarded waste reduction certificates

The Carbon Trust has launched an international standard for organisational waste reduction, adding to its existing standards for carbon and water reduction.

Whitbread, PwC and AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK became the first companies to achieve the triple crown of Carbon Trust certifications for carbon, water and waste.

Recycling on display at Lord Mayor’s Show

Bertie Bulb has been drafted in to promote recycling low-energy light bulbs at the Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London.

Bertie Bulb is the mascot of lamp recycling specialist Recolight, used to raise awareness of the fact that low-energy light bulbs contain mercury and need to be recycled when they reach end of life. The mascot was invited to participate by the City of London Corporation, which will be showcasing its dedication to the environment with a float devoted to recycling.

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