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News round-up 6/12

Scottish council’s strategy; Kirklees examines performance; green waste blaze; Every Can Counts

Scottish Borders waste strategy plans outlined

A £750,000 community recycling centre for Kelso is among the proposals for a new waste strategy unveiled for the Scottish Borders.

At the moment people from the Kelso area have to travel to recycling sites in Duns, Selkirk or Galashiels.

Weekly food waste collections are also planned but the garden refuse uplift service will come to an end.

Kirklees councillor seeks review of recycling rates

Kirklees’ recycling rate has been defended after it was reported the authority was among the worst in Yorkshire.Cllr Peter McBride said much of its recycling was in the ‘waste to energy’ programme which does not count in government figures.

McBride, cabinet member for place, said: “It depends how you judge performance, in Kirklees our waste is recycled for burning and that is not counted as recycling. If you judge it in those terms it’s a huge saving. Our burning produces energy for 10,000 houses.”

Clr Andrew Marchington asked for figures for each material recycled in Kirklees against other authorities.

30 tonnes of waste burns near Wendover

Firefighters spent the night watching over an unattended bonfire near Wendover after 30 tonnes of green waste was set ablaze.

Aylesbury Vale District Council was originally called about the fire after someone reported thick smoke.

Two fire crews and an urban search and rescue bobcat vehicle were dispatched to the scene in Nash Lee End.

Every Can Counts focuses on shopping centres

A national drinks can recycling programme is working with retail centres across the UK to help improve participation in recycling, and boost the industry’s sustainability credentials.

Every Can Counts has also developed a video to support recycling awareness. Staff and customers at ten sites across the UK are currently signed up to Every Can Counts, including outlet villages and shopping centres, reaching over 14,000 staff and over 89 million visitors.

Rick Hindley of Every Can Counts said: “We are keen to use our experience with participating centres to develop further projects with other retail sites in the future.”

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