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News round-up 7/3

New Shanks chairman; Call to report waste crime; 25 prosecuted for littering; No progress for food waste bill

New Shanks chairman

Shanks Group plc has appointed Colin Matthews CBE as non-executive chairman following Adrian Auer’s decision to step down.

Matthews will join the board with immediate effect and will succeed Auer as chairman with effect from 1 April.

He was previously chief executive of Heathrow Airport Holdings, Severn Trent plc, Hays Group plc and a non-executive director of Mondi plc.

“I am delighted to be joining Shanks. With the rest of the Board I look forward to working with the management team to lead Shanks successfully through its next phase of development,” Matthews said.

Press release

Call to report waste crime

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has called for residents in South and East Tyrone to report suspicious activity potentially related to illegal waste disposal.

Known as ‘Operation Teak,’ the investigation is posting leaflets at 1,200 households and businesses within a three kilometre radius of four known illegal waste sites.

These areas include Ballygawley, Sandholes and two sites in the Galbally area. Significant waste deposits were found at these sites, both buried and above ground. This waste may have originated from the Republic of Ireland and included medical waste.

Press release

25 prosecuted for littering

Sheffield Council’s Environmental Protection Service has prosecuted a further 25 people for littering in the city.

Each person declined the opportunity to pay a £75 fixed penalty so were taken to court and prosecuted for the offence, with the total coming to £9581.33.

Several convictions took place on Thursday 3 March, all those convicted were fined, as well as being told to pay the Council’s costs and a victim surcharge.

Press release

No progress for food waste bill

Shadow Defra secretary Kerry McCarthy’s Food Waste (Reduction) Bill failed to be heard in the House of Commons on 4 March.

It has been re-listed to be heard on 11 March but the bill was objected to by the government so is unlikely to proceed any further.

McCarthy posted on social media: “Disappointed though not surprised that government objected to second reading of my food waste bill today. Relisted for next week but won’t proceed.”

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