Community service for 5,000 tonne dump; Welsh plant approved despite ‘fumes’ fears; French food redistribution laws passed; Talking bins introduced; Leeds recycling centre closes
Community service for unlicensed waste dumper
A businessman whose firm dumped waste illegally has been ordered to carry out 180 hours of community service.
Carlo Rea, from Lanarkshire, acted as an unlicensed waste carrier in 2011. His company, OTL Plant and Haulage Contractor, transported more than 5,000 tonnes of waste soils and stones to Dalziel Park in Motherwell for disposal.
However, no waste management licence or exemption was in force at the site. Rea was also charged with not registering his company as a licensed waste carrier.
Welsh plant approved despite ‘fumes’ fears
Caerphilly Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead to a refuse-derived fuel processor plant at Nine Mile Point Industrial Estate.
Cwmfelinfach residents objected to the plant on the grounds of a weather phenomenon called temperature inversion, which can trap fumes.
But a report for applicants Hazrem Environmental said the site would have a “negligible” impact on air quality.
The plant will turn household, commercial and industrial waste into bales of fuel.
French food redistribution laws passed
French MPs have voted unanimously to force supermarkets to give away unsold food that has reached its sell-by date.
Shops will also be banned from destroying food products, as they have in the past – sometimes by soaking them in bleach – to prevent them being distributed.
The proposal was passed as part of another law in May but was subsequently annulled by France’s constitutional court because of procedural faults.
Talking bins introduced
An army of hi-tech solar-powered “talking” bins have hit the streets of Leeds city centre.
Leeds City Council is piloting the new fleet of digital bins, which compact litter down and even warn the owner when they need emptying.
The futuristic litter vessels - dubbed waste and recycling ‘stations’ - operate by a mechanism powered by a solar panel.
Leeds recycling centre closes
From 4 January, one of Leeds’ eight recycling centres, Kirkstall Road (pictured), will close for refurbishment.
The revamp includes creating a new split level public recycling area, an operational area for the council to store and transfer recyclable materials, new offices and staff facilities, space to store wheeled bins and landscaping works.
The redeveloped site will also be home to a reuse shop. Items left at the site that are too good to be thrown away will be sold to the public.
The shop will be run by a not-for-profit community organisation who will offer training, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities for local people. Profits from the enterprise will be ploughed back into their organisation.