ISWA warns against waste apathy; Council considers going fortnightly; Glasgow residents oppose EfW plant; Recycling centre construction begins
ISWA warns against waste apathy
The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) has warned that unless global governments take action on waste the world will lurch from one environmental crisis to another.
The ISWA pointed out that currently, waste generated by three billion people is not collected through a formal waste management process. Around 40% of the world’s total waste is dumped into unregulated open sites, many of which are on river banks or stretches of coastline.
ISWA president David Newman said: “The impact of this inaction to human health, the environment and the global economy is well-documented – exposure to the open dumpsites alone has a greater detrimental impact on a population’s life expectancy than malaria.”
Council considers going fortnightly
North East Lincolnshire council is exploring cost cutting measures as original plans to slash £1m annually from the waste budget from April will not work.
The council had thought it could make the savings with measures such as switching to fortnightly household waste collections but further work has suggested this will not generate large enough savings.
The council is now looking at other options such as the possibility of collaborating with neighbouring authorities.
Glasgow residents oppose EfW plant
A gasification plant proposal in Scotstoun, Glasgow, has attracted almost 1,000 objections from local residents. Construction firm WH Malcolm wants to expand its existing plant by building the EfW facility which will have a 230ft chimney.
Those objecting included Bill Kidd MSP, city councillors, six community councils, local group Friends of Victoria Park, residents’ associations, school councils and Friends of the Earth. City planners were due to hold a public hearing into the proposals on 23 February before making a decision.
Recycling centre construction begins
Building work on a new recycling centre near Plymouth has begun.
Preliminary work on the new site at Ivybridge is getting under way, with plans to open the centre in full in the spring of 2017.
The new facility, which will replace the old and small recycling centre at Bridge Court, is on land opposite Ivybridge tennis and football clubs.