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News round-up 9/10

M&S redistributes food to charity;GMB ballots over Norfolk action; Council offers free plastic bags; Fine after social media waste deal

M&S redistributes food to charity

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced the launch of a nationwide surplus food redistribution scheme which will connect all its stores with local food charities.

The firm said this would accelerate it towards its Plan A target of reducing food waste by 20% by 2020.

M&S will deliver the scheme through social network Neighbourly’s website, which will provide a process for food charities to register and receive food from their local store.

Press release

GMB ballots over Norfolk action

The GMB union will hold a consultative strike ballot among staff of Kier Refuse Services working for Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council.

It said the company had imposed wearing bump caps and goggles as personal protection equipment, which the union felt made the work more dangerous.

Press release

Council offers free plastic bags

Cherwell District Council is to give away 50 plastic ‘bags for life’ to help reduce the 18m handed out in the area last year.

The bags will be available on a first come first served basis enabling residents to avoid the new levy on plastic bags.

Press release

Fine after social media waste deal

A Facebook deal led to a fine of £290 for a resident after her rubbish was fly-tipped in a quiet Somerset lane.

Kimberley Tierney paid someone who advertised on Facebook to take away rubbish piling up in her back garden. But it was dumped in a country lane and she was traced and charged. She was given a 12-month conditional discharge and fined £95 with a £15 victim surcharge and £180 costs.

The Environment Agency said case highlights the ‘duty of care’ everyone has to make sure their waste is disposed of correctly.

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