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News round-up 29/1

2000 skegness whales

Whales buried in licensed landfill site; Changes to temporary WEEE storage; Experts defend EU membership; Apprentice award for Liebherr

Whales buried in licensed landfill site

The council responsible for the removal of the bodies of sperm whales washed up on the cost of Lincolnshire has confirmed that the Receiver of the Wreck paid for the landfill costs and that the sites used had “the required licences to take the whales”.

In order to remove the whales in a six-hour overnight operation, heavy plant including an excavator, bulldozer and wheeled loader, was required. The whales were loaded individually onto extended low loader trailers for transport to their final place of rest.

James Gilbert, communication, consultation and tourism manager at East Lindsey District Council, said: “We were very clear from the outset that we wanted to treat the three whales with great respect during any operation to remove them.  The reality is that you can’t get away from needing to use heavy machinery, but we wanted to take the carcasses to landfill whole, rather than undertake a grisly and less dignified removal.”

Changes to temporary WEEE storage

Defra and the Welsh Government plans to amend the conditions attached to the temporary storage of WEEE at a collection point under exemption ‘NWFD4’(Non Waste Framework Directive paragraph 4) to make clear that existing minimum European requirements for the temporary storage of WEEE apply.

Organisations expected to have an interest in this amendment are: companies involved in electronic equipment recovery and disposal, companies involved in WEEE collection schemes, regulators, and local authorities.

There is a short consultation period which closes on 8 February. The letter is linked below.

Defra letter

Experts defend EU membership

Prominent environment and conservation experts, including four former chairs of UK environment agencies, have voiced concerns about the risks to the environment if Britain leaves the EU.

Fourteen signatories to a letter to Defra secretary Liz Truss include Baroness Young, former chief executive of the Environment Agency, Dame Fiona Reynolds, former director-general of the National Trust, and Professor Sir John Laughton, former chair of the Royal commission on Environment and Pollution.

Another, Professor Paul Ekins, professor of resources and environmental policy, at University College London said: 
“Britons have benefited greatly from EU environmental policy and Britain inside the EU has also been able to shape it. We would lose this ability if we were to leave the EU, while it is very likely that we would still have to follow EU environmental laws if we wished to retain access to the EU’s single market.”

Press release

Apprentice award for Liebherr

Liebherr GB has won the Large Employer of the Year category at the National Apprenticeship awards.

Liebherr GB employs 322 people in waste management, construction, mining, materials handling, cranes, plant hire and associated industries.

The company is currently committed to 48 apprentices, which equates to approximately 16.1% of the workforce and an 11% increase in numbers on this time last year.

Press release

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