Waste tip operator back behind bars; Council helps clear collections backlog; Bute to introduce textile collections; Recycling trial well received
Waste tip operator back behind bars
A Derbyshire man who was jailed for seven months for operating a waste tip without a permit is back behind bars for failing to pay any compensation to his victims.
Robert Murphy was jailed in April for operating an illegal waste operation on land off the A38, in Egginton. The land was owned by a local couple and in June Murphy was ordered to pay £20,793 towards clean-up costs.
Judge Michael Chambers, sitting at Stafford Crown Court, said that if that sum was not paid by September 11, Murphy would face an additional 12 months imprisonment.
Murphy, of Carver Road Burton, appeared in Birmingham Magistrates’ Court last week and was jailed for 12 months for failing to make any contribution towards the Proceeds of Crime Order. The outstanding amount payable, including interest, currently stands at £21,331.38.
Council helps clear collections backlog
Bath and North East Somerset Council has brought in additional crews to help clear the backlog of recycling and food waste that has arisen as a result of industrial action by Kier staff.
This is in addition to some Kier crew members who will be making scheduled recycling and food waste collections following industrial action last week.
The crews will clear the recycling and food waste that remains from last week’s collections.
Bute to introduce textile collections
A kerbside textile recycling collection service will be launched in Rothesay later this month.
The new service is the latest trial to be carried out by the Zero Waste Bute project, which went live in September and aims to make the island a leading light in reducing waste and increasing re-use and recycling in Scotland.
Recycling trial well received
Since September 2015, around 2,000 homes at Exmouth and Feniton in Devon have trialled moving from a fortnightly grey bin collection scheme to a three-weekly schedule.
The East Devon District Council trials are ahead of the appointment of a new recycling and waste contractor, due this year.
The council said feedback and information from the trial will help make a decision on any future changes to the current recycling and waste service for the whole district.