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News round-up 7/10

Allerton protest group’s last stand; Councillor blasts ‘Luddites’ over collection trial; Carbon Trust’s new certification scheme; Scrap merchant fined for waste offences

Allerton protest group’s last stand

Protest group York Residents Against Incineration (YRAIN) has written to every councillor in the City of York, urging them not to give the controversial Allerton incinerator the final sign-off at a meeting on 10 October.

The incinerator, a joint project between North Yorkshire County Council and the City of York Council, was approved at a meeting in September, but YRAIN hopes there is still time for York to pull out.

In a letter to councillors, which can be read here, YRAIN said: “York does not need this incinerator. We have been hogtied to the agenda and needs of North Yorkshire County Council, whose current disposal contracts end in March 2015 with no option to extend. In order to keep the project alive after the withdrawal of PFI credits some fairly nifty (and risky) financial mechanics appear to have been employed.”

YRAIN noted that this action would be its “final missive” against the City of York Council.

Press Release

NI councillor blasts ‘Luddites’ over collection trial

A Banbridge District councillor has compared residents who are opposed to a trial of monthly bin collections trial to Luddites, the 19th Century textiles workers who opposed the introduction of new technology.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that some residents accused the council of not listing to the electorate over the trials.

The paper said Ulster Unionist Party councillor John Hanna banged the table and said: “I resent anyone telling me I’m not listening to my electorate. We have got to give things a trial. You can bring the vast majority of people [along with you] but you can’t bring the Luddites.”

Belfast Telegraph

Carbon Trust to launch new certification scheme

The Carbon Trust is developing a new certification for organisations that are taking effective action on the carbon emissions across their supply chains.

The certification will provide a quantitative and qualitative framework for recognising organisations that have committed to take action on their supply chain environmental impacts, ultimately leading to carbon reductions. .

Darran Messem, managing director of certification at the Carbon Trust said: “The Carbon Trust’s new supply chain certification will help businesses and public sector bodies along a continuous journey of improvement, as a part of a sustainable, low carbon future.”

Press Release

NI scrap merchant fined for waste offences

A Portadown scrap merchant has been fined £300 at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court after admitting waste offences.

Donal Kieran Hamill was also ordered to pay a compensation order of £1,790 and costs of £49.

In November 2013, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency visited a site being operated by Hamill where they found a range of waste including tyres, barrels, vehicle parts, car batteries, rubber matting, metal crates and wooden pallets.

Hamill held neither a waste management licence nor an exemption for his site.

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