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News round-up 21/3

Progress on GIB ‘special share’; HWRC queue service launched; FCC sponsors pond; Council opens office as garden waste tip; Litter reduction scheme launched

Progress on GIB ‘special share’

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced progress on its establishment of a “special share” to protect the bank’s green focus amid its privatisation.

Independent chair Lord Smith of Kelvin said: “We have today announced progress on three key parts of the Special Share arrangements: passing the resolution to establish the share; incorporating the company to hold it; and, identifying the independent bodies which will help us find well qualified individuals to form a Nominations Committee tasked with finding permanent trustees.”

Press release

HWRC queue service launched

Birmingham City Council has launched an online service for its residents to see how busy the city’s five household waste recycling centres are before visiting one.

The ’view the queue’ websites use webcams that have been set up to monitor the entrances to each site.

This follows the council’s previous innovation to release a monthly newsletter to its residents on their recycling.

Birmingham City Council

FCC sponsors pond

FCC Environment, operators of the Greatmoor energy from waste site, has sponsored Grendon Underwood School to build an outdoor classroom area including a nature pond.

The project also includes an outdoor seating area for teaching, boxes for birds, bats and tawny owls, a fire pit, areas for wild play and bug hotels.

The firm, in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council, has sponsored the project as part of their efforts to be a good neighbour throughout their 30-year residual waste treatment contract.

Press release

Council opens office as garden waste tip

A temporary garden waste recycling facility will be set up at Central Bedfordshire Council’s offices at Priory House, Chicksands.

The service, which will be open from 9am to 5pm, on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March, is an alternative facility to take garden waste while the Ampthill Household Waste Recycling Centre is temporarily closed for refurbishment.

Meanwhile, the usual fortnightly green bag kerbside collection will continue as usual.

Bedford Today

Litter reduction scheme launched

Businesses in the London borough of Sutton have pledged to help keep’s streets clean and tidy by signing up to a new campaign

The Sutton Guardian, Tazza Coffee, ABC Catering & Partners and KIPPA BID have committed so far to keep their premises clean and work with the council to reduce litter in the surrounding area by reporting it.

The business pledge is part of a wider anti-littering campaign being run by Sutton Council, called Clean Streets Sutton, after it successfully bid for funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Sutton Council


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