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News round-up 8/12

Newport wood fire extinguished; HSE prosecutes cardboard recycler; Christmas card campaign launches; Drivers complete apprenticeship programme; Union reaches waste service pay deal

Newport wood fire extinguished

Officers from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) are continuing to investigate a Newport wood recycling facility where a fire broke out over the weekend.

Action by South Wales Fire and Rescue has put out the blaze but, due to the nature of the waste, the wood pile may continue to smoulder for what could be weeks.

Press release

HSE prosecutes cardboard recycler

Richard John Pullinger, a sole trader that recycles cardboard in Polesworth, was fined after a 19-year-old employee suffered severe damage to his left hand when it was drawn into a roller press that had no guards on it.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and decided to prosecute.

Nuneaton Magistrates Court heard that the employee, Wade Moore, who had only been working for Pullinger for three weeks, had his hand on top of cardboard as it was being drawn into the rollers. There was no emergency stop button on the machine but another operator realised what had happened and put the machine quickly into reverse mode.

Press release

Christmas card campaign launches

Recycle Now’s quarterly paper and card recycling campaign – ‘Paper and card, too valuable to discard’ – is now up and running until the end of February 2016.

A series of images of iconic UK landmarks covered in wrapping, above, were released to highlight the fact that more than 400,000 tonnes of paper and card packaging were not collected for recycling from UK households in 2014.

Marcus Gover from WRAP said: “Given the amount of paper and card packaging we produce over the Christmas period this is an ideal time to remind everyone what they can recycle.”

Press release

Drivers complete apprenticeship programme

Eight trainee Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) drivers are on the road to a new career after successfully completing their apprenticeships with Oxfordshire company Grundon Waste Management.

Their success marks the latest stage in Grundon’s strategy to help tackle the shortfall of 60,000 LGV drivers nationwide through its driver apprenticeship programme.

Press release

Union reaches waste service pay deal

Staff at Bristol’s newly-formed council-run waste service will have their pay aligned after a “landmark” deal brokered by Unison.

The public service union said it had secured “pay parity” for those working in both recycling and refuse who were “ultimately doing the same job”.

Differences in wages, which had reached 16%, will be ironed out by 2018, the union said.

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