PFI up for award; Waste4Fuel injunction sought; Southwark recycling rate; Bournemouth food waste; waste industry women call
Yorkshire waste PFI up for award
The Wakefield Waste PFI scheme has been shortlisted for the prize in this year’s national Partnership Awards, run by the Partnerships Bulletin magazine.
The nominations were in recognition of best practice in bringing a complex £750m waste management project through to successful completion last year. The project team was advised by Walker Morris, AMEC and PwC.
The project was successful in securing £33m in waste infrastructure credits and was the first major project to receive funding from the new Green Investment Bank.
Waste4Fuel accused of illegal dumping
The authority’s planning sub-committee heard on 3 April that the recycling plant has been dumping waste more than a metre high on the adjoining land without planning permission.
Southwark’s recycling rate continues to rise
Southwark Council’s latest recycling figures show an increase in recycling, despite a drop in rates in almost half of all London boroughs.
The borough’s recycling rate for the third quarter of this year stands at an impressive 37% and would have been closer to 39% were it not for a recent policy change by the Environment Agency in how leaf fall is treated.
The council, who contracts Veolia Environment to deliver its waste management service, has reported recycling rates around 6% higher month by month compared with just 12 months ago.
Bournemouth’s food waste service hailed a success
But the first few weeks have also seen its fair share of teething problems, with around 800 food containers accidentally taken to landfill or returned to the wrong household.
Call for more women in the waste industry
A waste manager has said the industry needs to employ more women.
Veolia contract manager Elaine Easton has a team of around 120 staff members in Hertfordshire and a significant proportion of them are male with only 11 women.
Easton said: “I would recommend this industry to anyone. You’ve got to love being outdoors and enjoy meeting the public, but it is very satisfying at the end of each day to see the difference you make to the communities in which we all live and work.”