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News round-up 8/12

Recovery park plans thrown out; RDF fire in East Sussex; Food waste target; Taylor CEO; BBC series

Corby waste plant plans rejected

Corby Borough Council has rejected plans to build a waste reuse and recycling centre intended to tackle landfill use in Northamptonshire.

Gretton Brook Estates, part of Storefield Group which has an environmental waste division, wanted to build a resource recovery park on the 42 hectares-site.

The council rejected the proposals saying the developers had failed to provide an adequate environmental report.

More than 1,200 locals had previously signed a petition against the scheme, and held a march against the plans in April 2013. Gretton Brook Estates areallowed to resubmit revised planning proposals.

BBC report

RDF fire in Newhaven

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is battling a fire at a waste disposal site in Newhaven, which began on 5 December (above).

Some 200 tonnes of rubbish are reportedly alight, with the Environment Agency warning local residents to stay indoors and keep windows closed.

A statement released by site operators Skip It said the waste was refuse derived fuel due to be exported to Germany, and did not contain hazardous materials.

Sussex Express

Double food waste target

WRAP should set food retailers and manufacturers a target of doubling the proportion of surplus food they redistribute to food assistance providers and voluntary organisations, a group of influential MPs has suggested.

The recommendation was made by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty following an enquiry into the extent and causes of hunger in Britain.

The report said this target would only mean 4% of usable food was being saved in Britain, yet would save the voluntary sector £160 million over the next parliament.

APSRG Report

New CEO for Taylor

Brendan Murphy Taylor

Brendan Murphy has joined container and recycling solutions manufacturer Taylor as chief executive in a move that the company says will accelerate its growth plans within the UK and overseas.

Murphy’s career includes 10 years with Dutch plastic pipe manufacturer Wavin where he was responsible for the strategic commercial development of a £200m turnover in the UK & Ireland region.

He has spent the past two years as group sales director for the ventilation supplier Volution Group PLC, where he oversaw the company’s expansion throughout the UK and Ireland.

Press Release

BBC One to launch waste series

In a new series for BBC One, campaigner and chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will attempt to get to grips with the millions of tonnes of waste generated in Britain each year.

The BBC says the three-part series will consider why supermarkets throw away tonnes of fresh food every year, and also look at waste the fashion industry. He will also be trying to encourage the public to play its part in reducing senseless wastefulness.

Press Release

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