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News round-up 12/1


Illegal scrap dealer fined; AD firm processes 15,000 tonnes of Christmas food; Plastics recycling exhibition launched; WRAP launches council workshops

Illegal scrap dealer fined

Greater Manchester businessman Anthony Luck has been fined by magistrates after his business continued to trade as a scrap yard despite a closure notice being served on him.

Luck, who traded as ANT Autos, and his partner Leigh Mullen pleaded guilty at Salford and Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 6 January to four offences under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

The company was fined £1,100 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs, Luck was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs and Mullen was fined £550 and ordered to pay £500 costs.

Press release

AD firm processes 15,000 tonnes of Christmas food

Biogen has announced that its facilities processed 15,000 tonnes of food over the Christmas season across the company’s national network of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.

Food waste volumes typically increase over the Christmas holidays by as much as 30% and with plant capacity strictly regulated by planning and environmental permits, Biogen puts plans in place to cope with the increased levels of demand.

Biogen head of commercial operations, Simon Musther said: “In some cases this included initiatives such as providing extra bins and skips or more frequent collections. We extended our site working hours and head office customer support throughout the period including the bank holidays and Saturdays.”

Press release

Plastics recycling exhibition launched

Veolia has launched an exhibition with events firm Artichoke to encourage people to think more about plastic recycling to as part of the Lumiere London light festival, from 14 – 17 January.

The Litre of Light exhibit, pictured, is one of 30 artworks and installations in the festival, inviting individuals and families to learn about issues relating to poverty, sustainability and climate change, and the positive impact innovation and recycling can have.

The artwork has been created by reusing plastic bottles – that might otherwise have ended up in landfill – to create a safe and sustainable source of light for people living without electricity in their homes.

Press release

WRAP launches council workshops

WRAP has announced a workshop programme for decision makers working in or with local authority recycling and waste management in England.

The workshops are to disseminate the charity’s good practice collections guidance to those who can directly bring about change in councils and who already have an excellent or good working knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of recycling.

They will take place between 9 February and 3 March in Birmingham.


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