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News round-up 1/7

Prince Charles on circular economy; Tougher fines; Refuse collectors’ strike; WRM adds duo

Prince of Wales supports the circular economy

Prince Charles delivered a video message to celebrate the centenary of the Energy Institute, which has made him an Honorary Fellow.

In the message he said: “‘The central argument [of the circular economy] is that all of the atoms and molecules that we require are already in existence. We just need them in different locations and different combinations. The challenge is to redesign the supply chain, develop innovative technologies and generate sufficient renewable energy to use and reuse those molecules, so that we have the closed loops we need as our population grows.”

The full video message can be seen here.

Press release

New sentencing for waste crimes

Illegal waste operators face stiffer penalties after new guidelines from the Sentencing Council came into effect today.

The guidelines, which were announced in February, state “it should not be cheaper to offend than to take the appropriate precautions”.

Among the new guidelines, large companies could face fines of up to £3m if their actions have “major adverse effects”.

Refuse collectors to strike

Council refuse collectors who are members of the Unite, Unison and GMB trade unions will strike on 10 July after their organisations joined the planned teachers’ strike.

Unite, the UK’s largest trade union, has 70,000 members who work in local government in roles including refuse collection, street cleaning, grave digging and school support.

The dispute is over pay for low-earning council staff.

WRM appoints new executives

Specialist waste and resource management consultancy WRM has made a raft of new appointments including Mark Richmond, the former waste team leader at global environmental consultant WSP, as technical director.

Also joining WRM is Briony Pete, who has taken on a senior consultant position. Briony is an experienced energy efficiency, waste prevention and re-use expert and has delivered programmes for local authorities, WRAP and the NHS.

Anthony Walker, founder of the WRM Group said: “We have appointed some of the industry’s top people and are pleased to expand our offer in terms of the breadth of advice and practical support we can give to clients. Andy, Mark and Briony are leading the field in their specialist areas and have delivered some fantastic results for private businesses and public sector organisations alike.”

Press release

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