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News round-up 8/1

New HSE appointment; Yorwaste wins contract; Cardiff waste site cuts; UK Wood Recycling fire

HSE appoints new head of waste and recycling

A new head of waste and recycling has been appointed by the Health and Safety Executive.

Rick Brunt, current head of field operations for the North West of Scotland and Northern England Division, replaces Graeme Walker who retires from HSE after 37 years of service.

The head of waste and recycling will work closely with industry and will lead a unit of inspectors, policy officials and support staff.

Yorwaste awarded Scarborough recycling contract

Waste management and recycling company Yorwaste has been awarded a major new ten-year contract to process recyclable material on behalf of Scarborough Borough Council.

Following a competitive tender and starting in July 2014 (when the current contract expires), the company will begin handling all dry recyclate – paper, cans, glass, cardboard and plastic bottles – as well as green waste generated by households in the borough.

Council plan to reduce number of waste sites by half branded ‘short-sighted’

The number of household waste recycling centres in Cardiff could be halved under plans being considered by the council.

The Labour-run administration is contemplating reducing the number of centres from four down to two in a bid to increase recycling efficiency and to make financial savings as it attempts to plug a £50m funding gap.

Opposition councillors accused the administration of “short-sightedness”.

Fire crews continue to control UK Wood Recycling blaze

An entrance to the Tees Valley Wilton International site has re-opened following the massive blaze at a wood recycling plant.

Fire crews are continuing to control a blaze which broke out at the premises of UK Wood Recycling just before Christmas.

The huge fire started in a stack of wood in the early hours of Monday, December 23, and has been burning ever since.

 

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