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EA ‘Operation Cyclone’ crack down
Environment Agency crime officers, supported by Essex Police, visited Lychgate Farm Industrial Estate near Southend to give advice and gain evidence for potential prosecutions. They found unpermitted scrap yards, illegal storage of tyres and yards for end of life vehicles and waste electrical electronic equipment.
Call for recycled plastics use
Keith Freegard, director of Axion Polymers, has urged designers to use more recycled plastics. “Engaging with product specifiers and designers to make them recognise the clear environmental, economic and sustainable benefits of using recycled plastics is essential if we are to increase the uptake of recycled content in new items,” he said.
Large fly-tipping incident in Staffordshire
South Staffordshire Council has launched an appeal for witnesses to help find the people responsible for fly-tipping 62 tonnes of rubbish in the area (pictured, above). The majority of the waste was dumped near sewage works in Wombourne, with the rest found at Himley Sewage Works. Clear up costs will be around £6,000.
FCC Greatmoor EfW plant construction imminent
FCC is due to start work on the £275m Greatmoor incinerator in Buckinghamshire later this month. The plant will convert annually 300,000 tonnes of waste that cannot be recycled, into enough energy to power up to 36,000 homes. It will create 300 construction jobs and 60 permanent jobs once it is finished in Spring 2016.