Welsh Government hails recycling success; Ealing installs textile banks; Nottingham plans for smaller bins; Symphony appoints Lord Callanan as consultant;
Welsh Government hails recycling success
Wales’ Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant has praised the country’s recycling performance.
He told the Senedd: “Wales has the highest rates of recycling in the UK. Our figures for municipal recycling put us at number four in Europe. This is a fantastic achievement by our local authorities and the people of Wales and demonstrates real leadership by Welsh Government.”
Sargeant wants Welsh recycling to improve further: “We need to do even better though. I want Wales to come first in the European league table – and achieving our targets for the future will deliver this. We must take advantage of the economic and social opportunities that recycling offers. I want to see Wales benefit fully from a local circular economy and all that we do in future must support this.”
Nottingham plans for smaller bins
Nottinghamshire County Council has announced plans to provide smaller wheelie bins to residents in budget proposals, which have been designed to save £30m in a bid to cut £77m from its spend by 2017-18.
Residents are currently provided with 240 litre bins, but the council has proposed replacing these with 180 litre versions to save on landfill charges and encouraging residents to recycle.
In its budget proposal, the council said that a 10% drop in waste it would make savings of £1.5m per year after paying for the new bins.
Nottinghamshire County Council
Ealing installs textile banks
Ealing Council has installed 14 new textile banks across the borough in an attempt to boost recycling rates.
The banks, which have been installed on or near housing estates, will be managed by textiles recycling company Lawrence M Barry and Co, who will transfer materials to their facility where it will be graded and sorted.
Items not suitable for reuse will be recycled.
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “The new textile banks will make it easier to recycle unwanted textiles from clothing that have been sitting in your wardrobe for years to blankets you no longer use, all of it could be given a second life.”
Symphony appoints Lord Callanan as consultant
Lord Callanan of Low as joined plastics firm Symphony Environmental Technologies as a consultant.
He is the former Martin Callanan MEP, who was leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, the third largest group in the European Parliament, until July 2014, and was a leading member of the Environment Committee of the Parliament.
Symphony’s CEO Michael Laurier said “Symphony’s Board is delighted that Lord Callanan has joined us, and we all look forward to working with him. Symphony is a specialist in environmental technologies, working in more than 90 countries worldwide, and his international experience, and service on the Environment Committee of the European Parliament will be of great benefit to the company.”