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News round-up 15/1


EU advises low recycling countries; Council recruits to cover strike; Jailed boss disappears; Self service centres ’encourage fly-tipping’

EU advises low recycling countries

The European Commission has met representatives of eight member states with low recycling rates to help them get on track towards meeting the EU waste targets.

A workshop focused on the priorities identified in discussions with Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain: waste prevention, separate collection, biowaste management, governance and economic instruments, data and planning of waste infrastructure.

They produced an analysis of the waste management situation in each member state and roadmaps containing practical recommendations to improve municipal waste management within each country.

Press release

Council recruits to cover strike

Bath and North Somerset Council has advertised temporary collection crew positions as it tries to cope with the backlog caused by Kier workers’ industrial action.

Members of Unite are continuing to strike today after implementing other measures including overtime bans since New Year’s Eve.

While the council has diverted some of its staff working in other areas to the collection team it is now asking members of the public, “especially HGV drivers with a clean Category C licence and a current Certificate of Professional Competence”.

Press release

Jailed boss disappears

A former waste boss responsible for an illegal dump in Hartlepool is still wanted by the authorities after disappearing owing a £110,000 court bill.

In 2011, Kevin Brough, a former director of Easy Skips North East Ltd, was jailed after failing to pay a confiscation for allowing a mountain of waste to build up on his site.

But Brough disappeared and to date has not paid a penny of the money which now stands at £157,000 due to the interest that has built up.

Hartlepool Mail

Self service centres to ‘increase fly-tipping’

Fly-tipping will rocket under controversial plans to remove council staff from four recycling centres, the MSP for Renfrewshire, Paisley has claimed.

Derek MacKay launched a scathing attack on moves to leave household waste recycling centres at Renfrew, Linwood, Johnstone and Erskine unmanned.

Mackay hit out as a petition against Renfrewshire Council’s plans, which mean larger items such as furniture, white goods, electrical goods, scrap and wood will no longer be accepted, gathered 1,200 signatures.

Daily Record

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