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News round-up 7/8

Second fire at recycling centre; Shared textile facilities in Edinburgh; Oxfordshire road-waste treatment facility to boost recycling; Newspaper for refuse crews

Second fire at recycling centre

Fire crews had to return to a recycling centre in Wandsworth, south London to tackle a second fire, hours after leaving the site.

The first blaze at Western Riverside Waste Authority centre on Smugglers Way damaged machinery but no one was hurt and the fire was brought under control in a few hours.

An investigation into the cause is underway.

Wandsworth Guardian

Shared textile facilities open in Edinburgh

A new communal working space and sharing facility to help fashion and textiles professionals work sustainably has opened in Leith, Edinburgh. 

Kalopsia’s The Facility (pictured), which is supported by Zero Waste Scotland, allows students, graduates and start-up companies to work on design and production projects in the shared space, while getting access to trained technicians and taking advantage of micro-manufacturing and prototyping services from Kalopsia. 

The Facility will also make shared equipment available, including knitting and sewing machines, mannequins and CAD embroiderers.

Zero Waste Scotland

Oxfordshire road sweepings facility to boost recycling

A new road-waste treatment facility has been introduced to help improve levels of recycling across Oxfordshire.

The county council will use the facility, based in Ewelme, to process road-sweepings across the county as part of an effort to boost recycling rates.

The plant, which cost £1.3m, will recover leaves, sand and grit, and metals from road sweeping waste.

Banbury Guardian

Manchester refuse workers combine

Trade union GMB is planning on a publication, called Crews News, to communicate with around 1,800 refuse workers from Greater Manchester.

The main issues to be highlighted are disparities in pay and the long-term use of agency labour.

The move follows a meeting of shop stewards on 6 August.


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