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News round-up 9/10

Brighton Cityclean strike extended; Devon seeks feedback on waste changes; Buckinghamshire strikes composting deal; Tadcaster battery theft

Brighton Cityclean strike extended

Trade union the GMB has announced a further three days of strike action by refuse workers at Brighton & Hove Cityclean.

The industrial action is part of an on-going dispute with the council over driver supervisory and responsibility allowances and will take place on 16, 17 and 20 October. It follows strike days in September.

Mark Turner, GMB branch secretary, said: “We call on the council to concentrate on matters at hand, prioritise this issue as a matter of urgency and look to regain the confidence of the workforce. If they don’t drivers are going to become even more and more disillusioned with what appears to be management’s inability or lack of determination to actually want this matter resolved and as a result can’t and won’t rule out even further escalation of dispute action.”

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Devon seeks feedback on waste changes

Devon County Council is consulting residents on potential changes to its waste management service.

The council is asking for feedback on two suggested changes as it looks to make annual savings of £265,000.

Residents are asked for their thoughts on whether to introduce charges for DIY waste at household recycling centres. The second proposal would see the council stop paying recycling credits on textiles donations. Recycling credits are normally paid by a collection to authority to a disposal authority, but Devon also pays £55 a tonne to registered groups who collect materials such as glass, textiles, paper and plastic from them.

The council said: “We think it is likely that those groups registered with us would continue to collect recyclable textiles without payment.”

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Buckinghamshire strikes composting deal

The Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire (WPB) has teamed up with GetComposting.com to offer residents a range of special offers on composting equipment.

WPB said: “Even for households that are already composting, new research has found that almost half of the food waste in their rubbish bins could have been composted.”

As well as getting discounts on composting equipment, residents who sign up to the scheme can buy discounted equipment including wormeries and rain savers.

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Battery theft at Tadcaster recycling centre

The police are appealing for information after a burglary and theft of batteries at Tadcaster Household Waste Recycling.

The thieves stole a large number of car batteries valued at several hundred pounds between Sunday 21 and Monday 22 September.

Anyone who can assist this investigation should contact Tadcaster police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Heather Wilkinson. Alternatively, information can be emailed to heather.wilkinson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

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