County’s recycling rises; Studsvik waste redundancies; MP calls for greater anti-dumping powers; Is this the UK’s longest school bench?
Bucks recycling rise
Buckinghamshire’s waste recycling rate has risen to above 50%, up from last year’s figure of 47.6% and the Buckinghamshire Waste Partnership says that the amount of waste now recycled stands provisionally at 54%.
Lesley Clarke, chairman of the partnership, said: “This does not surprise us because we are aware of just how passionate many of our residents are to this cause.”
The waste partnership is formed of Buckinghamshire County Council and the district councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks.
Studsvik waste redundancies
Declining material supplies have forced Studsvik to implement a redundancy programme in its waste treatment operation in Sweden and the UK.
The group says that delayed dismantling of nuclear facilities is a reason for having less material to process.
The company is yet to decide where exactly the redundancies will be made.
MP calls for greater dumping power
Labour’s Paul Farrelly, the MP for Newcastle, has called for a stronger framework of regulation with tougher legal penalties for offenders and improved surveillance powers to tackle waste dumping in the countryside.
Farrelly claimed changes in the law had made it harder for local authorities to investigate and prosecute incidents of uncontrolled waste disposal which he said was putting people and communities at risk.
He made his comments in a letter to communities secretary Eric Pickles following complaints from constituents at Doddlespool, near Betley, who are angry about the number of lorries travelling past their homes on their way to a nearby development site.
Is this the UK’s longest school bench?
Eco Furniture has finished making a 35m long school bench for Manor Green School in Maidenhead out of 120,000 recycled plastic bottles.
Manor Green requested the bench so that pupils could have somewhere to sit while they were waiting to be picked up after school.
The recycled plastic waste also includes polyethylene bottles, bags and containers which would otherwise have been sent to landfill.