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News round-up 7/1

NI EfW approval; Brighton pile up; Coca-Cola and Tesco recycling; SWM Recycling capacity boost; Welsh landfill success

NI minister approves Belfast EfW waste power plant

Northern Ireland environment minister Mark H Durkan has given the green light for an £85m waste power plant at Bombardier Aerospace.

Bombardier Aerospace is building the energy-from-waste gasification plant beside its wing construction factory in Belfast’s Harbour Estate.

The Canadian firm will use the facility to convert 120,000 tonnes of otherwise non-recyclable waste into electricity and heat each year.

Rubbish piles up in Brighton and Hove

Council chiefs have told householders not to tell them if they haven’t had their bins emptied as rubbish continues to pile up on the streets of Brighton and Hove.

With residents bombarding Brighton and Hove City Council’s call centre with complaints, the local authority has urged people to stop contacting it.

The councils said staff were working as fast as they could to clear the backlog.

Coca-Cola and Tesco boost recycling

A campaign by Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Tesco to encourage recycling at home received 37,000 pledges and over seven million visitors to tesco.com.

The ‘Together We’re Making Recycling Count’ online campaign was launched in June 2013, providing general tips on recycling and a video from CCE.

Online visitors were invited to make a pledge to recycle in return for 50p CCE vouchers or Tesco Clubcard rewards.

SWM Recycling increases capacity

Independent waste management company SWM Recycling, which operates eight depots across the south west, has taken delivery of a new conveyor from Middleton Engineering to upgrade capacity at its Barnstaple waste recycling operation.

The new in-floor conveyor, designed, fabricated and installed within eight weeks, feeds an existing twin ram baler to process waste paper, card, film and plastics from commercial and local authority customers.

Events recycling company hails landfill success

A Newport recycling company has announced it has saved six and a half tonnes of materials from landfill last year.

Events recycling company Maximum Recycling worked with 11 outdoor events, including three local food festivals, and through careful sorting achieved recycling rates of up to 72%.

Chris Jones, of Newport Food Festival, said: “As an event organiser, it’s great to have peace of mind knowing I don’t have to worry about waste management with the majority of our waste being recycled across the event.”

 

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