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News round-up 17/2

Council looks to outsourcing; Legs found at waste site; WRAP’s scout challenge; IT firm to improve collection routes; Gold stars for bins

Council considers outsourcing waste service

A review of waste collections across the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council could result in a private firm being appointed.

Proposals on the table also include collaborating with Cheshire East Council as well as current partner authority High Peak Borough Council, and moving to three-weekly collections rather than two.

A central plank of the changes could be the development of a joint agreement between Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and High Peak for waste collection and street cleansing.

Leek Post & Times

Legs found at waste site

Two legs surgically removed by a medical professional have been discovered protruding from a pile of rubbish at a waste management centre in Australia.

Police attended Summerhill Waste Management Centre in Newcastle, north of Sydney, on after a worker stumbled across the body parts during a random inspection.

The limbs were left rotting for up to six weeks after being inappropriately discarded by health management.

Daily Mail

WRAP launches recycling challenge with The Scout Association

A new collaboration between WRAP’s Recycle Now campaign and The Scout Association sees Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts across England and Wales take part in an environmental challenge, recycling packaging materials from all around the home.

Press release

Spelthorne Borough Council appoints AMCS

Software company AMCS has been selected by Spelthorne Borough Council to undertake a route optimisation project across all the borough’s kerbside collection services.

The project is one of the first to utilise AMCS’ new Route Optimisation Consultancy Service, which has been shown to deliver reductions of up to 30% in CO2 emissions, mileage and driving time.

Press release

Gold stars for bins

Adur and Worthing councils are to start checking the bins of thousands of residents to ensure they are recycling correctly.

A scheme called Recycling Together will see 2,000 households in Adur and 2,000 in Worthing have their blue-lidded recycling bins checked by the authorities. If they are recycling material that is clean, dry and loose, and all items inside are fully recyclable – their recycling bin will be affixed with a gold star.

Worthing Herald

 

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