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News round-up 29/2

Somerset to charge for asbestos and plasterboard; Four brigades tackle recycling fire; DWP overspends by £356,000; Sustainable young designers awarded

Somerset to charge for asbestos and plasterboard

Somerset Waste Board has said it will consider adopting a new kerbside collection model on 18 March, which may include a move to three-weekly.

The board, at a meeting on 26 February, approved an additional savings target of £136,200 to be achieved by charging for the disposal of asbestos and plasterboard at recycling centres.

It approved a final annual budget for 2016-17 of just under £43m.

Somerset Waste Board

Four brigades tackle Oxfordshire recycling fire

Firefighters from four county councils are have dealt with a “significant” blaze at a recycling centre in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire crews were called to a waste processing building off Banbury Road near Finmere after reports of smoke.

The fire, said to involve “large quantities” of bulk waste material, threatened a processing plant and possible structural instability.

Investigators are liaising with insurers to discover the cause of the fire.

Press release

DWP overspends by £356,000

Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) has overspent its budget for 2015-16 by £356,000.

This figure is around 1% of DWP’s £32.5m total net budget and lower than the expected £700,000 deficit.

DWP’s joint committee was discussing the latest position at a meeting today.

DWP agenda

Sustainable young designers awarded

Winners of a design competition for 11 to 14 year olds have been announced at a prize-giving event at the Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham.

The judges’ best individual designer won a trip to Germany, including a visit to the Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products facility at Grevenbroich, near Dusseldorf.

The winner was Leon Andrews (pictured) of St. Ives School, whose design for an aluminium case for a ukulele was singled out for its close attention to sustainability whilst creating a product which would be appealing to its target market of 9 – 14 year olds.

Press release

 

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