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News round-up 17/12

Councillors back EfW plant; JCB head rewarded for 50 years in industry; Furniture seller gets reuse accreditation; Surprise for household collection team

Aberdeen councillors back EfW plant

Councillors in Aberdeen have agreed to enter into a legal agreement with two neighbouring north-east authorities for a £150m joint energy from waste (EfW) plant.

The decision at a meeting of the full council on 17 December follows similar recent approvals by Aberdeenshire and Moray councils.

The facility, which would be situated at, would have a capacity of approximately 150,000 tonnes a year.

The three authorities will enter into a first stage Inter Authority Agreement relating to initial project and procurement development work for the planned facility on a derelict industrial site at Greenbank Crescent, East Tullos.

Press release

JCB head rewarded for 50 years in industry

JCB chairman Lord Bamford has been appointed as an honorary fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) at a ceremony in London after more than 50 years in the industry.

IMechE President Professor Richard Folkson made the presentation. Another recipient was Ratan N Tata, who was the chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata group, for almost 20 years.

Lord Bamford said: “I’m delighted by this honour which is a tribute to all the work of JCB’s engineering team. Engineering is a very exciting profession and it offers real opportunities to make a difference to the world in which we live.”

Press release

Furniture seller gets reuse accreditation

A second-hand furniture retailer which has just opened its third shop in Aberdeen, Home Comforts has receiving ‘Revolve’ accreditation from Zero Waste Scotland.

The Revolve logo is seen as an indicator of the high-quality second-hand products and customer service.

Home Comforts is part of the Instant Neighbour charity, which started a food bank 31 years ago in Holburn West Church, near where the shop is now.

Press release

Surprise for household collection team

A bearded dragon has been rescued after being found in a cardboard box put out for recycling.

The lizard, about 30cm in length, was found by one of the waste collectors who was sorting through the items in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Nick Cater, from the Somerset Waste Partnership, said the lizard was “freezing cold” when found in the box, without any air holes. It has been taken to Secret World, an animal rescue centre, to be cared for.

BBC report

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