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News round-up 4/1

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Steel jobs plan agreed; Manufacturers urged to help TV clear-up; £2m plane fuel project; Resident recycles all household waste for two years

Steel workers retention plan agreed

Scottish ministers have agreed a £195,000 support package to retain key staff at Tata Steel’s Dalzell and Clydebridge plants.

A number of staff will be paid approximately 60% of gross salary and receive advanced training to ensure the plants can reopen quickly, as and when production resumes, business minister Fergus Ewing announced.

Press release

Manufacturers urged to help WEEE clear-up

Councils have urged manufacturers to contribute to the clear-up of hundreds of thousands of fly-tipped TVs.

The Local Government Association (LGA) wants more firms and retailers to voluntarily provide ‘take back’ services – where people can hand in their old televisions when they buy new ones.

The call comes as research shows two million TVs are thrown out annually – many of them fly-tipped. It is a particular problem at Christmas as households replace their old televisions.

LGA environment spokesman Peter Box said: “Fly-tipping, which is on the rise, is a massive issue for councils and it costs them a fortune to tackle. In these circumstances, we feel manufacturers should be stepping up and doing more.”

Press release

£2m plane fuel project

A £2m funding package has been announced to develop low carbon aviation fuels from captured CO 2 and waste biomass.

The multi-disciplinary project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will be led by engineers and scientists at Heriot-Watt University in conjunction with teams from Aston University, Oxford University and the University of Edinburgh.

Project leader Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer said: “We won’t suddenly be producing enough fuel to fly fleets of jets, but believe we can demonstrate a prototype process, based on existing technologies, which will produce a new, greener fuel and which can then be scaled up for commercial production.”

Press release

Resident recycles all household waste for two years

A retired teacher has put her first black bin bag out for collection in over two years - after recycling all her household rubbish.

For Daphne Jones, 85 of Ffynone, Swansea, it was only her second bin bag in four years.

She said: “I looked upon it as a personal challenge - and I’m ever so pleased.”

Daily Mirror

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