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News round-up 21/8

Apprenticeships consultation launched; Fire at Viridor site; Egg shell recycling plant opens; Wales recycling rate praised

Apprenticeships Consultation launched

The Government has opened a consultation on a potential apprenticeship levy which is set to be introduced in 2017.

Employers will be asked their views from from 21 Aug to 2 Oct.


Fire at Viridor site

Viridor’s Burgess Hill site closed temporarily on 19 August after a worker reported a fire from within the recycling facility, the firm told MRW.

West Sussex Fire Service wore breathing apparatus and used hose reels to extinguish the fire, which they said was an accidental ignition.

Both the transfer station and the household waste recycling plant were closed as a result but fully re-opened the next morning.


Egg shell recycling plant opens

Leicester-based egg product supplier, Just Egg, has opened a plant to recycle waste shell after spending £50,000 a year disposing of them.

The shells are made of calcium carbonate, similar to chalk and re-used as a filler for plastics.

Leicester Mercury

Wales recycling rate praised

Zero Waste Wales has praised Welsh authorities for increasing their recycling rate another 2% to 56%, in the seventh consecutive year of growth for Wales.

£83m in Landfill Tax has been saved over a decade, moving the nation from bottom of the European league to fourth.

In 2003 Wales buried 1.8 million tonnes of waste; this year it buried or burnt 675,000 tonnes.

Press release

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