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News round-up 16/2

Storm plastic clean up call; Recycling tech company settles debt; Cory hails Cornwall satisfaction rates; Council tells people to take their litter home; NI council looks at three-weekly collections

Storm plastic clean up call

Storm Imogen dumped tonnes of plastic around the coast, a campaign group says.

Claire Wallerstein, who runs Rame Peninsula Beach Care, said: “It’s a pretty similar picture all over Cornwall.

“Tregonhawke beach in Whitsand Bay was completely cleared by a group of volunteers three weeks ago. After Storm Imogen it was as bad as ever.

“Lots of the litter is transatlantic, like Canadian lobster pots. There are plenty of the pink Vanish bottles which washed off a cargo ship, and HP printer cartridges.

“And there is so much big, heavy stuff, which normally rests on the seabed but was churned up by the storm.”

Plymouth Herald

Recycling tech company settles debt

Environmental Recycling Technologies PLC has paid an outstanding debt to its former director, Ken Brooks, by issuing further shares in the company.

Brooks settled a £200,000 loan by receiving 12% of the enlarged issued share capital.

The company developed a patent on the “powder impression moulding”, which converts mixed waste plastics into commercial end products

Press release

Cory hails Cornwall satisfaction rates

The majority of residents in Cornwall were satisfied with their waste collections in 2015, according to the latest customer survey by Cory Environmental.

The figures show 95% of Cornwall residents were satisfied with their non-recyclable waste collection last year, up five percentage points from 2014.

The number of people satisfied with their recycling collections rose 11 percentage points to 92%.

The Cornishman

Council tells people to take their litter home

Christchurch Council is to remove litter bins from Christchurch Quay from 1 March.

They will be replaced with signs asking people to take their litter home with them and use their kerbside recycling and waste service to dispose of their litter.

Margaret Phipps, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “It costs £175,000 a year to deal with litter in Christchurch, money which could be used for so many other uses.

“There is no reason why people should leave litter anywhere but unfortunately there are some people who think it’s reasonable to leave their litter for somebody else to clear up.”

Press release

NI council looks at three-weekly collections

Causeway Council is considering introducing three-weekly residual waste collections.

As part of a Council rates workshop in December, councillors were asked for their views on a number of proposals, including one that involved the collection of bins once every three weeks across the borough.

Currently both black and blue bins are collected on a fortnightly basis. The introduction of a third bin, a brown bin could see collections moved to a three week cycle.

Coleraine Times

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