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News round-up 14/1


Woodchip fire investigated; Kier strike continues; Remondis increases collections fleet; EA advertises two board positions

Woodchip fire investigated

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has reported that waste woodchip stored on the former Llynfi Power Station site near Maesteg has caught fire.

The regulator said officers were continuing to respond to reports of smouldering material at the site  which holds several thousand tonnes.

NRW waste regulation team leader, Jon Willington said: “We are working closely with our partners and with the site operator and occupier to establish responsibility for the woodchip being onsite and to decide the best and quickest course of action to remove the immediate fire risk posed by the waste.”

Press release

Kier strike continues

Kier has warned residents in Bath and North Somerset that their recycling may not be picked up as collection crews continue strike action.

The firm said it is operating with a reduced workforce and was working to complete scheduled collections.

“We are not allowed to implement any additional resource during the strike or to cover over-time,” the company said in a statement.

Kier statement

Remondis increases collections fleet

Waste processing organisation, Remondis has introduced three new 26-tonne trucks and one articulated vehicle to its fleet.

Operating on a shared load basis, the vehicles will provide organisations with even greater capacity and flexibility to manage their hazardous waste pick-ups.

The company has been running a facility in Merseyside since 2013.

Press release

EA advertises two board positions

The Environment Agency has advertised for two part time board members, closing on 25 January.

Its advert reads: “We are encouraging applications from people either with extensive experience of working to protect the natural environment or, people with a comprehensive understanding of and ability to work with local government.”

Interviews will be held on 11 and 21 March.

Cabinet Office

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