Incentive scheme in Norfolk; Grundon switches to carbon neutral waste sacks; Coca Cola bottling firm to reduce waste; North Yorkshire recycling centres to close early; Council pushes residents to separate waste
Incentive scheme in Norfolk
King’s Lynn & West Norfolk council has appointed Local Green Points to provide a behaviour change programme to try to embed recycling and positive behaviours among its residents.
The programme, which will be launched in the spring to the 71,620 households in the borough, is being supported through a grant of £272,606 from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Recycling Reward Scheme.
The programme will be reviewed after 12 months with the potential to trial a range of activities in targeted areas across all seven boroughs in Norfolk in its second year.
Grundon switches to carbon neutral waste sacks
Grundon Waste Management has opted for carbon neutral bio-based polythene refuse and recycling sacks.
The Polyair sacks will be supplied by Polythene UK, independent supplier of polythene products.
They will be developed using polymers created from the waste product of sugarcane extraction.
Coca Cola bottling firm to reduce waste
Coca-Cola in Northern Ireland has signed an agreement to cut down on its waste. The agreement, signed with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), commits the firm to achieve a number of environment improvements including reducing its carbon emissions by 15% by 2019.
It will also implement lighter bottles, install LED lighting and integrate energy saving measures to existing machinery.
NIEA minister Mark H Durkan said: “This commitment to reduce emissions and waste and improve energy consumption is good for the environment and good for business.”
North Yorkshire recycling centres to close early
Recycling centres are set to close early in a bid by North Yorkshire County Council to save £150,000.
At the next meeting of the authority executive, a report will recommend several changes to Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), around the county.
The option of retaining current opening hours was rejected as “this option gives no savings”. Centres will close two hours earlier between 1 April 1 and 30 September each year, at 5pm instead of 7pm. Between March and October each year, the centres will now close at 4pm instead of 5pm.
Council pushes residents to separate waste
Recycling bins in Sandwell, West Midlands will be left uncollected if people put the wrong items in them, council bosses have warned. Around 20% of waste currently collected in blue lid bins is not suitable for recycling, the council said.
It can then be rejected by waste companies, leaving Sandwell and its tax payers to foot additional costs of more than £1m a year.
Letters have been sent to 115,000 households in the borough reminding residents which items can and cannot be recycled using their blue-lid bin.