Inquiry launched after WasteCare blaze; Fortnightly collections ‘working well’ in Wales; Greenredeem claims success; BIR figures show recycling saves carbon
Inquiry launched after WasteCare blaze
An inquiry has been launched after a waste plant fire in Calderdale.
Some 75 firefighters from across West Yorkshire were called to WasteCare Ltd, in Greetland. No-one was injured.
The blaze involved batteries that were being recycled but it is not clear yet how it started.
Fortnightly collections ‘working well’ in Wales
The Welsh Government has been accused of unnecessarily encouraging councils to pursue three-weekly residual household collections.
Research carried out by a Liberal Democrat activist shows that councils in England and Wales with fortnightly collections are achieving significantly higher recycling rates.
Mike Enea said: “There’s an unpopular proposal in Newport to cut back on waste collections from fortnightly to three-weekly.
“This follows on from a Welsh Government initiative as part of its Collaborative Change Programme that advises councils to have less frequent residual waste collections and to provide fewer residual waste containers.
“It seems that Newport council has received two grants under the programme totalling £715,008.
“Yet a comparison with councils elsewhere shows it’s possible to achieve higher recycling rates while retaining fortnightly collections.”
Greenredeem claims success
Recycling reward scheme Greenredeem has said its local authority partners in England have increased their recycling rates more effectively.
During 2014/15 local authorities offering the Greenredeem scheme saw both a substantial increase in the amount of dry recycling collected at the kerbside (+9% on average) and a large reduction in the residual waste collected (-6% on average).
Results released by Defra on 1 December show that Halton Borough Council achieved the greatest improvement in its recycling rate, rising from an average of 27.5% before its scheme was implemented six years ago, to 46.8% in 14/15.
BIR figures show recycling saves carbon
The Bureau of International Recycling world president Ranjit Baxi has pointed to the “huge potential” of recycling in the fight against climate change in the framework of the COP21 meetings in Paris.
He said CO2 savings achieved through recycling are on the rise - for aluminium, savings amount to 92% compared to primary production, for copper 65% and for ferrous 58%.