Contamination costs Southend £80,000; Skip firm fined almost £16K; Rigid metal packaging hits recycling high; Veolia awarded Hampshire contract
Contamination costs Southend £80,000
Southend Council said it is being forced to spend an extra £80,000 annually due to houseolders not sorting their waste properly and putting garden waste in black sacks.
The council runs a green waste collection 36 weeks of the year but noticed the increase in contamination during the winter months when the service doesn’t run.
A council spokesperson said they would now try and educate residents about the impact and costs associated with the contamination.
Skip firm fined almost £16K
A Devon skip operator Armabridge, which trades as Skip-It Torbay has been ordered to pay £15,760.10 in fines and costs by Torquay Magistrates’ Court for storing hazardous waste at an unlicensed site.
The firm was found to have stored about 2,600 tonnes of waste that was considered hazardous at its Kerswell Garden Centre site, due to the presence of asbestos. The site was only licensed to accept inert waste, such as concrete and sand.
An Environment Agency statement said: “In our opinion this defendant found a cheap way to dispose of waste, but in saving money the company failed to take necessary steps to protect the environment.”
Rigid metal packaging hits recycling high
Metal Packaging Europe reports that in 2013 over 3 million tonnes of steel packaging and aluminium beverage cans were recycled, bringing the recycling rate of rigid metal packaging to a new record of 74.7%.
The extra recycled tonnage in 2013 equals an increase of 1.1 percentage points over 2012. In 2013 aluminium beverage cans were recycled at a rate of 71.3%. Steel packaging was recycled at a rate of 75.2%.
The data was provided by the Packaging Group of European Aluminium and APEAL (the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging), and reviewed by independent consultancy Eunomia.
Veolia awarded Hampshire contract
Veolia has been awarded a £70m household waste recycling centre contract by Hampshire County Council, which will cover Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils’ HWRC sites as well.
The company will manage 250,000 tonnes of materials arising each year throughout the fourteen year and nine month contract due to commence in April.
Following the earlier public consultation, charges will be introduced for residents bringing materials not classed as household waste – such as soil, rubble, plasterboard and asbestos.