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News round-up 9/9

Cigarette litter campaign piloted; Steel industry set for ‘civil war’; Litter clearing campaign launched; Bins trial in Fife

Cigarette litter campaign piloted

A pilot campaign to tackle cigarette littering in central London has been launched by Veolia, charity Hubbub and Westminster City Council.

The Neat Streets pilot in Villiers Street includes a two metre musical pole from Holland, an ashtray allowing smokers to vote on topical sporting results, and a giant cigarette display to help draw attention to the issue.

Research undertaken by Keep Britain Tidy, in advance of the campaign, found that chewing gum and cigarette butts overwhelmingly formed the largest source of litter in the busy street, with the latter being responsible for 78% of all observed litter.  

Press release

Steel industry set for ‘civil war’

The UK’s steel industry is braced for a civil war after a number of rebar fabricators threatened to form a breakaway organisation in response to what they see as “protectionism” over Chinese imports.

Construction News understands that at least half a dozen companies met last month amid concerns that imported Chinese rebar was being unfairly targeted in a bid to limit free trade.

The group could now form a new organisation independent of the British Association of Reinforcement.

Construction News

Litter clearing campaign launched

Country Life magazine, in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, has launched a campaign to clear up Britain in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.

Clean for The Queen will rally an army of volunteers across the country to clean up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend on 4-6 March.

Environment minister Rory Stewart said: “I hope it will help lead to a lasting legacy of a cleaner, tidier Britain.”

Press release

Bins trial in Fife

Fife Council is set to trial two different patterns of bin collections in a bid to boost recycling rates.

To be launched on 22 and 23 September, the trials will run for at least nine months so that recycling can be realistically compared to the rest of Fife.

They will involve 4,000 households and will see green bins for plastic and cans emptied more often and blue landfill bins. In some areas, grey paper and card bins will also be picked up more often.

Dunfermline Press

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