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News round-up 15/2

Edinburgh recycling threat; Sainsbury’s ends multi-buy; Wigan rates down; Coffee biofuel deal; Tata boss in China protest

Edinburgh recycling under threat

Edinburgh City Council is struggling to undertake recycling collections, as complaints over the service soars.

Some residents say no collections have been made for weeks on end. Chas Booth, Green councillor for Leith, said changes to the recycling system had caused problems.

He said: “The litany of complaints there have been in the past year shows the council has a lot more to do on this.”

Evening Edinburgh News

Sainsbury’s ends multi-buy deals

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s will phase out of multi-buy promotions by August 2016 in response to customers’ concern over food waste.

Sainsbury’s marketing director, Sarah Warby, said: “We have listened to our customers who have told us that multi-buy promotions don’t meet their shopping needs today, are often confusing and create logistical challenges at home in terms of storage and waste.”

Press release

Wigan recycling rates shock decline

Data released under Freedom of Information rules reveal that Wigan Council recycled 62,763 tonnes of rubbish from kerbside collections and recycling centres in 2014, compared with 68,763 in 2013.

By the end of September last year it had recycled 44,776 tonnes - the most recent figure available. But if that trend continued to the end of the year, the overall 2015 figure could be less than 60,000 tonnes.

Wigan Today

Coffee to biofuel deal

Network Rail has signed a deal with biofuel specialist Bio-bean to turn waste coffee grounds from concessions at six of its largest stations into biofuel.

The deal will see the 700 tonnes of coffee waste produced by the rail operators’ six largest stations - Euston, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo - diverted from landfill and converted into 650 tonnes of carbon-neutral biofuels for heating homes, offices and factories.

Business Green

Tata boss joins steel protest

Tata Steel’s European chief executive, Karl Koehler, is to join thousands of steelworkers in a protest against Chinese dumping of cheap steel on EU markets.

Koehler will take to the streets in Brussels as part of a demonstration against what Tata Steel called a “flood of unfairly traded imports into Europe”.

More than 5,000 steelworkers are expected to march through the Belgian capital on the same day as business ministers, including Anna Soubry from the UK, meet in the city to discuss a remedy.

The Guardian



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