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News round-up 9/6

Recycling fire accidental; 20% plastic recycling increase in West Sussex; ‘Green’ Tory MP to run for London Mayor; Eunomia at recycling forum

Recycling fire accidental, investigators say

A fire at a recycling centre in Wales was started accidentally, an investigation has found.

The blaze at a mattress recycling unit on the Brynmenyn Industrial Estate in Bridgend broke out on 5 June and burned for more than 24 hours. At its height, 65 firefighters tackled the blaze. Cooling jets had to be used on gas cylinders on the site.

It was sparked after the exhaust from a mini-digger accidentally ignited and set fire to the mattresses.

BBC News

20% plastic recycling increase in West Sussex

Recycling of plastic materials has increased by almost 20% in West Sussex following new rules introduced earlier this year.

Around 834 tonnes of plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays has been collected in the county since March, up from around 700 tonnes collected in the same period in 2014.

Out of this total, more than 187 tonnes has come from pots, tubs and trays, which were not collected before changes to the recycling service in West Sussex earlier this year.

Crawley Observer

‘Green’ Tory MP to run for London Mayor

Tory MP and environmentalist Zac Goldsmith said he wants to stand as Boris Johnson’s successor after being urged to do so by people “from across the political spectrum”.

Stopping a third runway at Heathrow airport and cleaning up London’s environment would be among key policies if he is picked as official Tory candidate.

If he wins next year he is expected to quit his Richmond seat in Parliament, triggering a by-election.

Evening Standard

Eunomia consultant to speak at recycling forum

Eunomia consultant George Cole is speaking at the South West Waste and Recycling Forum 9th Annual Conference in Paignton on 10 June.

Cole will reflect on the company’s recent findings on community engagement for litter prevention commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland.

Recent research revealed litter adds several billion pounds onto the costs of cleaning the streets.

Press release

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