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News round-up 6/11

EU benefits UK; rise in waste management; Devon lorries; sky latern call

EU legislation ‘benefits UK’

Five UK representative bodies for the waste and resource management sector have combined to express a common position in response to the UK Government’s recent EU Balance of Competences Review.

A joint statement from the five bodies (ADBA, CIWM, ESA, REA and Resource Association) said: “We are clear that the overall impact of EU waste legislation has benefited the UK and that we want the UK to maintain a strong role in influencing EU waste and resources policy.”

Waste management production on the up

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows a 7.1% rise in the water supply, sewerage and waste management sectors in September 2013 compared with September 2012.

Overall, UK production output was 2.2% higher in September 2013 compared with September 2012.

North Devon needs £1.5m to replace waste lorries

North Devon Council has said its waste and recycling fleet of vehicles needs upgrading, as some near the end of their service lives.

The executive committee is being asked to approve plans to modernise the fleet in a rolling replacement programme, as some of the vehicles are up to 12 years old. There are 68 vehicles, 58 directly owned by the council and 10 leased, but none have been replaced since a freeze was put on buying new ones in 2011 as part of an effort to save money.

If the motion is approved, councillors will be asked to agree to release £850,000 to allow the purchase of vehicles over the next two years.

Call for sky lantern ban after recycling plant fire

Sky lanterns should be banned according to a Bolton MP, following a major fire at a West Midlands recycling plant in the summer caused by a stray lantern.

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling confirmed she would be lobbying parliament to either ban lanterns or enforce tougher regulations on what materials they are made of.

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