Date for EAC election announced; Manchester litterer fined; Odour problem at Suez site; Corby incinerator called in; Residual waste study released
Date for EAC chair announced
The Speaker of the Commons has announced the timetable for the election of a new chair for the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) following the resignation of Huw Irranca-Davies as an MP.
Only Labour MPs are able to stand for the position as select committee chairs are allocated according to party. Nominations will close on 8 February at 5pm. Candidates require 15 signatures from their own party to be nominated.
The election will take place on 10 February, with the ballot open between 10am-1.30pm. The result will be announced in the Chamber that afternoon.
Conservative MP for Waveney Peter Aldous sat in the chair for the committee’s last meeting.
Manchester litterer fined
Manchester City Council has ordered a resident to pay £319 for leaving rubbish in the road.
A council officer discovered a black refuse bag and two boxes dumped on Oakfield Grove last June, during a routine patrol.
Natasha McCabe accepted an £80 fixed penalty notice but failed to pay, ignored a reminder letter, and was subsequently taken to court.
After the case was proved in her absence, she was fined £160, plus costs of £139 and a £20 victim of crime surcharge.
Odour problem at Suez site
The Environment Agency (EA) has said it is aware of an ongoing problem with odour from Suez’s Path Hill landfill site in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
Suez previously stopped taking in waste after heavy rainfall at the start of January flooded the active tipping cell.
But the site started taking in waste again from 25 January after the majority of the repairs needed to the gas and leachate management infrastructure were completed.
The EA said the remaining repairs will take place this week, which it believes will help reduce odours further.
Corby incinerator called in
Local Government secretary Greg Clark has called in an application to vary the planning conditions for an incinerator proposed by Clean Power Properties for Corby, Northamptonshire.
Clark (pictured) will decide on the proposals after they are considered by a planning inspector at a public inquiry where evidence will be heard.
The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) national coordinator, Shlomo Dowen described this as “another setback for gasification technology”.
He said: “Rather than stumbling from one ill-fated incineration technology to another we hope that Clean Power Properties uses this as an opportunity to exit the incineration business altogether and focus instead on sustainable waste management.”
Residual waste study released
The Industry Council for research on Packaging & the Environment (INCPEN) has produced a guide to tackle the problem of unintentional product residue (UPR), the waste left in packaging.
Following a proposal made by Boots UK to help us understand the issue, INCPEN and WRAP – the Waste and Resource Action Programme - commissioned a study by Leatherhead Food Research.
Leatherhead examined 362 samples covering a range of regularly used foods, cosmetics, toiletries, cleaning products and DIY products. Over two-thirds contained less than 1% UPR, while only 7% had more than 5%.
INCPEN director Jane Bickerstaffe said: “Many manufacturers already minimise UPR. Our guide supports their initiatives with advice on steps that can be taken in the early stages of product development.”