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News round-up 9/1

No guidelines on electrical lighting equipment disposal, UK Wood Recycling fire extinguished, the cost of landfilling Christmas trees, ‘Leave Your Cap On’ initiative

No guidelines on electrical lighting equipment disposal in sight

The Government has said it has no plans to issue guidelines to local authorities on the disposal of electrical lighting equipment on waste disposal sites by commercial suppliers.

In answer to a question in the House of Lords, Defra minister Lord De Mauley said: “Permits at waste disposal sites do not impose specific restrictions on the sources of waste that can be accepted.

“It is up to individual permit holders to determine which waste their sites will accept.”

Source: DeHavilland

UK Wood Recycling fire finally extinguished

After more than two weeks of burning, the fire at UK Wood Recycling’s Wilton site near Redcar has been extinguished.

The fire, which was finally put out on Tuesday night (7 January) had been burning since 23 December.

It involved 16,000 tonnes of waste wood stored at the site for recycling.

Every Christmas tree sent To landfill costs £2.50

It costs the taxpayer £100 for every 40 Christmas trees that are sent to landfill instead of being sent for recycling, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

The LGA has urged people to recycle their Christmas trees, stating that failure to do so will ultimately end up costing the taxpayer.

‘Leave Your Cap On’ goes live at North Lincolnshire Council

North Lincolnshire Council has become the first local authority to implement the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation’s “Leave Your Cap On” campaign as part of its kerbside collection service.

The project seeks to encourage householders to recycle metal bottle caps and closures by screwing them back on their glass bottles.


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