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.
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.”
£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.”
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.”