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News round-up 8/10

Biogas and gasification ‘can replace Russian gas’; Sub-postmaster fined for illegal dumping; Eccles skip yard on fire; Inquest into recycling worker’s death

Biogas can replace Russian gas, claims EBA president

Anaerobic digestion could be used to break Europe’s reliance on imported Russian gas, according to the president of the European Biogas Association.

Speaking at the body’s conference in the Netherlands, Jan Stambasky told delegates that biogas “can be an important pillar” of European energy policy.

He continued: “A combined effort of anaerobic digestion and gasification can deliver sufficient biomethane to replace natural gas imports from Russia. Both technologies produce biomethane, share the same regulatory framework and the same technical infrastructure, therefore a cooperation between the industries will be crucial in the coming years.”

Press Release

Sub-postmaster fined for illegal dumping

A sub-postmaster from Cherwell in Oxfordshire has been fined £1,375 after admitting to dumping several sacks of trade waste at a domestic recycling facility.

Devanir Gomes Assuncao admitted dumping “six or seven” bags of delivery notes, which are classed as business waste, at the public recycling area at Sainsbury’s in Kidlington.

Daniel Smith, prosecuting on behalf of Cherwell, said: “The documents appeared to be delivery notes. The recycling facility at Sainsbury’s is for the deposit of domestic recycling waste only; it can’t be used for trade waste.”

Press Release

Eccles skip yard on fire

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are tackling a fire that has broken out at a skip hire yard in Eccles.

GMFRS said that crews will remain on site overnight and station manager Angus Robinson added: “As crew are turning over the rubbish to reach and extinguish the fire quite a lot of smoke is issuing into the local area so we are asking people to keep their windows and doors closed as a precautionary measure.”

GMFRS said it was unable to confirm the name of the site, but Salford Online reports that the blaze is at Whites Reclamation skip yard.

Press Release

Inquest into recycling worker’s death

An inquest has begun into the death of a worker at the Gwyn Davies Recycling plant in Batley in August 2012.

Batley & Birstall News reports that Simon Brook died after receiving severe crushing injuries when he fell into a recycling baler at the plant.

Batley & Birstall News

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