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News round-up 5/1


Overtime ban hits collections; Encirc hires strategic head; Cigarettes most common Welsh litter; Defra proposes R1 changes; Key solution to waste contamination

Overtime ban hits collections

Household collections in Bath have been delayed because of an overtime ban by collection crews.

Residents served by Bath and North East Somerset Council have had some collections postponed over the past three days.

A spokesman for the council said: “We have been advised that staff working for our recycling contractor, Kier, have begun industrial action in the form of an overtime ban. On behalf of our contractor we apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused.”

Bath Chronicle

Encirc hires strategic head

Glass manufacturer, Encirc has appointed Fiacre O’Donnell (pictured) to head of strategic development.

The role will see O’Donnell, who joined the firm in 1998, join the senior leadership team to direct the company’s communication strategy.

O’Donnell previously worked as Encirc’s marketing manager, where he was charged with developing glass, beverages and logistics brands.

Press release

Cigarettes most common Welsh litter

Smoking-related waste is the most common litter in Wales, followed by confectionery, drink and fast food was mostly dropped by pedestrians.

The All Wales Local Environmental Audit and Management System report for 2014-15 surveyed 6% of Wales’ streets, assessing the presence, type and source of litter.

It found that 96.6% of surveyed streets had no more than three small items of litter, the level of cleanliness regarded as being acceptable to the public.

Press release

Defra proposes R1 changes

Defra has proposed changes to the R1 energy-from-waste (EfW) accreditation formula to include a climate correction factor.

It says there will be no effect on EfWs in England and Wales as the EU legislation it is based on aims at levelling the playing field for countries in a warmer climate.

Press release

Key solution to waste contamination

Council chiefs are set to put locks on recycling bins in Aberdeen in an attempt to stop people using them for ordinary rubbish.

Aberdeen City Council will trial the locks on food recycling containers in the city centre to try to tackle the problem.

Altogether 20 bins will be fitted with the locks on 11 streets.

Evening Express

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