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News round-up 5/9

AD crop feedstock guidelines published; Scratch to Win scheme in Merseyside; Support for Greyhound workers

AD crop feedstock guidelines published

A new set of voluntary guidelines on best practice for crop feedstocks in anaerobic digestion (AD) have been published.

The document was prepared by the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA), the National Farmers’ Union, the Renewable Energy Association, The Country Land and Business Association and the National Non-Food Crops Centre.

The guidelines, which draw on existing regulations and standards, aim to show the benefits of crop-based AD to sustainable farming.

ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton said: “We are delighted to be able to launch the crop best practice guidance today, which aims both to demonstrate the sustainability of crop-based AD to government and to help farmers, developers and operators decide which crops to grow.”

The guidelines are available here.

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Scratch to Win scheme in Merseyside

The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia have launched an initiative to encourage people to recycle electrical goods.

The Scratch to Win scheme gives residents a scratchcard which could win them a prize every time they recycle an electrical item at one of the 15 recycling centres across Merseyside and Halton.

MRWA chief executive, Carl Beer said: This is a great opportunity for residents to recycle their unwanted or broken electrical items and reduce the amount of materials we send to landfill. We’d encourage all residents to check around their home and take advantage of the recycling centres to recycle and dispose of their electrical items safely.”

Pictured from left to right are: Veolia WEEE scheme manager, Clement Gaubert; recent winner, Valerie Atherton; Carl Beer, and Veolia contract manager Paul Smyth.

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Support for Greyhound workers

More than 500 people have marched through Dublin City Centre in support of workers currently in dispute with waste management company Greyhound.

Jesse Hughes, the Greyhound shop steward at trade union SIPTU said: “We have been locked out of our jobs for over 11 weeks. No one can be expected to take a 35% cut to wages with a mortgage to pay and a family to support. We will stay united and we will win the right to return to our jobs so that we can again support our families”.

Meanwhile, the Irish Times reports that Greyhound will be going back to court seeking enforcement of an injunction that restrained protesters from blockading and interfering with the company’s waste collection.

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