Recycling increases in Telford & Wrekin; Sterecycle acquittals; Communications company taken over; County seeks composting volunteers
Recycling on the rise in Telford & Wrekin
A new service in Telford & Wrekin has led to a 7% increase in recycling in six months, Veolia has announced.
Veolia was awarded the 24-year contract in October 2013. The company started delivering the service in April 2014 introducing dry-mixed-recycling collections.
Compared to the same six month period last year, an additional 1,700 tonnes has been sent for recycling – saving the council more than £150,000 in landfill costs.
Steve Mitchell, general manager at Veolia, said: “Our community engagement team has been out and about across the borough in supermarkets, garden centres and other public places and have been encouraged by the positive responses from the public about the new service.”
Sterecycle employees acquitted
Three former employees of Sterecycle (Rotherham) Ltd have been acquitted in a trial over an explosion at the plant that killed a worker in 2011.
They faced charges of failing to take reasonable care at work contrary to section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The company is still facing charges for manslaughter. The trial continues at Sheffield Crown Court.
Merger of communications companies
Remarkable Group, the communications and public consultation specialist, has completed the acquisition of Pendragon Public Relations, one of the UK’s leading infrastructure and energy stakeholder consultation businesses, creating Remarkable Pendragon.
Chief executive of Remarkable Group Stephen Pomeroy, left, said: “Remarkable Pendragon is a first for the UK stakeholder consultation market: an agency dedicated to helping companies achieve positive planning outcomes and wider stakeholder and government relations for infrastructure and energy projects.”
The deal brings together the Pendragon team, led by Alex Doyle, with Remarkable’s 70 staff and follows the opening by Remarkable this year of regional offices in Manchester, Bristol and Cardiff.
Training for activist composters
Buckinghamshire councils want volunteers to be trained as ‘Master Composters’ to encourage others to compost their waste rather than send it to landfill.
Lesley Clarke, chairman of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: “We are looking to recruit enthusiastic and committed volunteers, who, in return for free Chartered Institutions of Wastes Management accredited training and support, will carry out 20 hours voluntary work over a 12-month period, acting as ‘composting ambassadors’ in their local community.
“The team of volunteers can work with local groups at events and with friends and neighbours – wherever you feel you can be of most help.”
The Master Composter initiative is a partnership between Buckinghamshire local authorities and Garden Organic, the national charity for organic gardening.