Sheffield recycling strike; recycler penalised; Fife price drop; Straight joins plastic brand; Budget Pack renamed
Strikes hit Sheffield recycling centres
Two household waste recycling centres in Sheffield will close over the weekend as staff take industrial action.
The sites in Deepcar and High Green will be shut as employees working for sub-contractor The Green Company strike over pay, conditions, and ‘bullying’ according to union GMB.
Staff are also set to go on an all-out strike from next Wednesday.
A spokesman for Sheffield Council contractor Veolia, which sub-contracts The Green Company to run the sites, said: “The Green Company, the subcontractor that runs Sheffield’s five HWRCs, and the GMB have not yet been able to resolve their dispute… Veolia is continuing to support the Green Company and encouraging discussions so that issues can be resolved as quickly as possible.”
Recycling boss sentenced for illegally storing waste
The director a Scottish firm has been given community service after his company stored waste without a licence.
Cambuslang-based Doonin Plant Ltd was convicted of two charges of keeping hundreds of tonnes of waste in a manner likely to cause pollution.
The company was fined £200,000 in December 2012 and director Gary Doonin, who was found guilty of two similar charges, had his sentenced deferred for a year.
At Livingston Sheriff Court on Thursday, the 49-year-old was given 250 hours of community service.
Doonin Plant kept the controlled waste illegally on the site at a former coal tip at Woodend Colliery near Armadale, West Lothian.
Recycling income drops in Fife
Fife Council is collecting more household waste for recycling than ever before – but its income from selling recyclates has been going down.
And as local authorities across the country continue to recycle more of their waste, the prices which are being paid for recyclates are likely to be pushed down further.
Fife Council is around £600,000 down on what it expected to make from selling recyclates.
However, recycling is still the better option in terms of the environment – and cheaper than sending waste for landfill.
Straight joins plastic brand
Bin manufacturer Straight, recently subject to a takeover by One51, is now part of a ‘brand umbrella’ of seven plastics companies.
The OnePlastics Group consists of MGB Plastics, Straight, AAC Plastics and Protech Performance Containers in the UK. Protech Performance Plastics and Thormac Engineering in Ireland and Protech Plastics China in Shanghai complete the portfolio. The group has a new support office in the US.
OnePlastics Group will have a combined turnover of around €150m (£118m) and will employ 450 people.
New name for Budget Pack
Packaging and waste electrical and electronic equipment compliance scheme Budget Pack has rebranded as Ecosurety.
“Since the launch of the company in 2003 we have changed a great deal,” said managing director James Potten.
“We are a dramatically different business today, with sophisticated services that build on our roots in packaging-waste compliance and take us way beyond it.”