Countrystyle expands fleet; Merseyside approves levy rise; WRAP shows MPs circular economy opportunities; Birmingham launches litter dashboard
Countrystyle expands fleet
Countrystyle has added the latest Mercedes-Benz trucks to a fleet that has virtually tripled in size within the past three years.
The Kent-based company now runs 150 vehicles with the overwhelming majority of those commissioned over the last 18 months being Mercedes.
The latest to arrive via Dealer Sparshatts of Kent are all 32-tonne eight-wheelers from the Arocs range, designed for construction-related applications. They comprise six 3242K models with compactor bodies by Inco-Mol, of Chesterfield, and a single 3243K with Hyva hook loading equipment.
Merseyside approves levy rise
Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) members have approved the organisation’s Budget for the coming year, increase the levy on its five collection authorities by 1%.
It has not increased the levy for six years but insists that it cannot maintain the trend.
The authority’s chief executive, Carl Beer said: “The authority will be making significant progress during 2016 to ensure that [our] new resource and recovery contract comes on line and we actively reduce our reliance on landfilling waste.”
WRAP shows MPs circular economy opportunities
WRAP has launched an exhibition at the Palace of Westminster to show circular economy job opportunities for each Parliamentary constituency.
Its previously released Employment and the Circular Economy report, produced with the Green Alliance, showed regional job opportunities for Britain.
The charity’s chief executive, Liz Goodwin said: “Now we’re delivering indicative figures for MPs and their constituencies. Boosting the economy, providing jobs and protecting the environment are key issues for any government. However, the circular economy could offer real benefits in all three areas, and promises to turn these issues into opportunities.”
Birmingham launches litter dashboard
Birmingham City Council has released a data dashboard to show citizens how clean their 40 wards are, with a focus on litter, fly-posting and graffiti.
It includes a percentage for the number of inspected sites in the ward that fail to meet the recognised targets for the three issues. This is gathered by inspecting 70 sites in each ward, each being a cross-section of street and location types to make the result as representative as possible.
In response to the dashboard’s findings, council leader John Clancy has announced a series of days of action to be carried out in the worst performing areas.