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News round-up 9/7

Recycling job research; Council confiscates contaminated blue bins, GMWDA names new chair, Mitie adds director, Friends of the Earth call for Owen Paterson sacking

WRAP and Green Alliance to look at recycling jobs

WRAP and the Green Alliance will launch a research project on employment opportunities in recycling sector. A report is expected to be released in the autumn.

Speaking at the Resource Association’s annual event, Sophie Richard, economist at WRAP, said: “What are these jobs? Where are they? How many can we really expect to see? What skills will be needed? And in what sector? Economists at WRAP and the Green Alliance will be working to establish all of this.”

WRAP will also release details of a project it has undertaken with multinational companies such as Samsung, Panasonic and Kingfisher to develop circular economy models.


Council confiscates contaminated blue bins

Hull City Council has confiscated around 300 blue bins from residents who have regularly contaminated them with other waste. Earlier this year, the council put stickers on bins that contained other waste, such as food, nappies and black bag waste to warn residents. Those who received a sticker were given two weeks to stop the practice before having their bins removed.

Doug Sharp, assistant city manager for waste and open spaces at Hull City Council, said: “The council operates a voluntary scheme and works hard to educate residents but unfortunately a small minority are not recycling. In these circumstances bins may be removed but only as a last resort and after letters or advisor visits to encourage participation.”

Press release


GMWDA names new chair

The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority has appointed Catherine Piddington as chair, replacing Neil Swannick who retired earlier this year.

Cllr Piddington, who is the authority’s longest-serving member, joined the organisation in 1995 and has been senior vice chair since 2011. She has also served as deputy chair of the special purposes committee, chair of the recycling and waste management operations committee and member of the authority’s petitions sub-group.

She said: “I am extremely honoured and pleased to be the new chair and I would like to welcome new and existing members onto the authority. I am looking forward to the new role of leading the authority at a time when all facilities come online, and when we need to get all our residents to become good and accurate recyclers.”

Press release


Mitie adds director

Strategic outsourcing and commercial waste management company Mitie has appointed Gareth Smallman as its new director of manufacturing, industrial and specialist services for its Environmental+ business.

In his new role Smallman will be responsible for determining the strategic development of existing and future clients. He joins with more than 20 years’ facilities management experience, delivering single, bundled and integrated FM contracts to many blue chip clients across all main market sectors.

Press release


Charity calls for Paterson sacking

Friends of the Earth has dumped hundreds of wellington boots on the steps of Defra, above, in a bid to make the Prime Minister to “Give Owen Paterson the boot”.

The charity is calling for the environment secretary to be sacked in the forthcoming reshuffle, accusing him of failing to prepare for worsening floods in the face of increasing climate changes.

Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said: “It’s simply not credible for a man who doesn’t believe in man-made global warming to be put in charge of protecting the country from climate change.”

Press release


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