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News round up 8/10

DS Smith commits to PIRAP; Council axes rewards; Union plans strike vote; Lord’s tackles cardboard waste;

DS Smith commits to PIRAP

Packing firm DS Smith is to join the Plastic Recycling Action Plan programme, known as PIRAP.

Commercial manager Jonathan Edmund said the move “reinforces our commitment of designing and creating optimised packaging made of resilient materials that can be re-used, recycled and re-purposed for multiple life cycles”.

DS Smith’s recycling division has recently started supplying carrier bag manufacturers with hand sorted plastic films sourced from UK supermarkets.

Press release

Council axes recycling rewards

Halton Borough Council is to drop its Greenredeem reward scheme for recycling from 1 November.

Stef Nelson, executive member for environmental services said: “Continued and significant cuts to our funding by central government means that we need to make really hard choices about the services we provide. 

“Spending less money for waste disposal means that we will have more money to spend on important front line services. We are currently looking at alternative ways of rewarding our residents for their recycling efforts.”

Wire FM

Union plans strike vote

Members of the GMB union employed by Biffa on a refuse contract for Norfolk City Council are expected to take part in a ballot for a strike call.

The union says the move follows the dismissal of a colleague.

Members are to initiate a formal grievance procedure.

Press release

Howzat for closed loop cardboard?

Lord’s Cricket Ground, the historic Home of Cricket, has worked with Bunzl Catering Supplies to transform the way the venue deals with its cardboard waste.

As part of its new ‘Waste to Resource’ partnership with Closed Loop Environmental Services and Simply Waste Solutions, Bunzl worked with the cricket authorities to segregate cardboard waste as a clean stream with closed loop potential.

The partnership installed a baler, training staff in its use on a staff education day, together with the importance of taking ownership of waste management.

Press release

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