Lime industry cuts waste-to-landfill; Bags for life in MK; Dairy to power food stores; Dog fouling fines to match litter in Scotland
Lime industry cuts waste-to-landfill
The British Lime Association has released its fifth sustainable development report, see attached file, charting progress the industry made in 2014.
The report features case studies from member companies detailing a range of innovative projects lime producers have implemented to improve their environmental and safety performance.
Highlights include a 49% reduction in waste sent to landfill, further decreases in NOx and SO2 emissions as well as a 40% reduction in the number of Lost Time Incidents.
Bags for life in MK
Milton Keynes Council is to conduct a trial of reusable fabric bags (pictured) to replace plastic sacks for recycled items in the household collections.
The council says the continued use of plastic sacks is no longer viable and a reusable alternative will bring both environmental and economic benefits.
The bags have a capacity of up to 15kgs and are fitted with a weight in the bottom to stop them blowing away and a lid which fastens. Every week, they will be emptied and returned.
Dairy to power food stores
Wyke Farms, one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors, has formed a partnership with Sainsbury’s to supply gas for its stores.
Wyke Farms will supply a large proportion of the supermarket’s ’green gas’, which makes up 6% of Sainsbury’s total gas use, for a year.
This will save over 16 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per day or 24 thousand tonnes over the length of the supply partnership.
Dog fouling fines to match litter in Scotland
Fines for dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets have been doubled by the Scottish Parliament.
The fixed penalty for dog fouling is being increased from £40 to £80 to bring it in to line with the penalty for littering.
The overwhelming majority of responses to a consultation on responsible dog ownership supported an increase in the fixed penalty.