Bomb scare closes recycling centre; Call for free nappy collections; Ex-EA chief joins Defra committee; City sets green priorities
Bomb scare closes recycling centre
Deans Community Recycling Centre in Livingston, Scotland was locked down for five hours after a dummy landmine was discovered in a skip.
Experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit shut the site after a council worker spotted the instrument, which was later found to be a military training device, at around 3.30pm on 22 February.
It is thought the device was originally disposed of at one of West Lothian’s other recycling plants before being transported to Deans for processing.
Call for free nappy collections
A shake up of black bin collections in South Gloucestershire was thrust into the spotlight after it was raised in Westminster by two Conservative MPs - who also called for a free nappy collection service to be created.
Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, said his residents were facing the “greatest shake up in waste recycling services in over a decade”.
He welcomed that recycling in his constituency was being simplified, but he took exception to residents’ black wheelie bins, containing landfill waste, being reduced in size.
Ex-EA chief joins Defra committee
Paul Leinster, pictured, the former chief executive of the Environment Agency has been appointed by environment secretary Liz Truss to a new Natural Capital Committee (NCC), to help ministers establish a 25-year Environment Plan.
The NCC provides advice on the state of English Natural Capital to the Economic Affairs Cabinet Committee and will help embed the use of open data, values, tools and techniques for local and national decision-makers.
In all, six new members will join the committee whose chair, Professor Dieter Helm, who was reappointed in December.
Sheffield publishes green priorities
Independent body the Sheffield Green Commission has published its key priorities to make the city more sustainable.
One of the city’s aims is to generate more renewable energy including biomass and energy from waste.
The report mentions the city’s district heat network operated by Veolia. In addition E.ON’s 30MW biomass renewable energy plant near Meadowhall which converts UK sourced recycled waste wood into electricity.