News in Brief (07/08/20)

With news on: community groups in Merseyside awarded a share of ?150,000; Nottinghamshire’s HWRCs reopen fully for summer; Central Bedfordshire refuse truck named after 8-year-old;  Enforcement Undertakings; and, NRW to regulate Kronospan, Chirk

Merseyside groups awarded ?150,000 to help reduce waste

Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example, paper, card, metals. Fifteen community groups in Merseyside have been awarded a share of ?150,000 to help the Liverpool City region reduce, re-use and recycle more. The money was awarded by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community fund 20/21, which was set up to help support waste prevention and recycling initiatives.

Programmes include cookery clubs to reduce food waste, community recycling hubs, sewing classes, and clothes recycling and home computing workshops. Chairperson of MRWA, Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“We’ve seen that previous projects have continued to deliver benefits beyond the first year, through their legacy and ongoing impact on behavioural change, and in many cases through new or continuing activities. “There has been some disruption with the Coronavirus pandemic but we’re confident that these projects will go ahead. I wish them all the best and look forward to seeing the impact they have.”

Nottinghamshire HWRCs to open for summer

Nottinghamshire’s HWRC’s reopened in May

Nottinghamshire’s household waste and recycling centres (HWRC) have announced they are now back open as usual for the rest of the summer. The HWRCs, which are operated by Veolia, will open from 8am to 8pm every day until the 30 September. Nottinghamshire County Councillor Phil Rostance, vice chair of the communities and place committee said: “We’re delighted that we are now in a position to extend the opening hours across all 12 of our Recycling Centres in Nottinghamshire.

With the current social distancing restrictions in place we are seeing queues at some sites, especially Mansfield and West Bridgford. “We hope that by extending the opening hours residents will choose to visit a site during the evening which tends to be a quieter time or ask that they consider using a different site to help ease congestion at busier locations and avoid queues. Residents can visit any Recycling Centre within the county as long as they have registered their vehicle(s) via the county council’s website.”

Central Bedfordshire names refuse truck after 8-year-old

Central Bedfordshire council, as part of its new contract with FCC Environment, has named a refuse truck after 8-year-old recycling fan Frank Foster.

Frank Foster age 7 from Bideford Green Leighton Buzzard

The truck is part of the 34 new waste and recycling trucks ordered by the council as part of a new contract with FCC. Back in March, the council asked residents to help name thenew vehicles Cllr Ian Dalgarno, executive member for community services said: “We found out about Frank’s passion for rubbish collection and recycling via social media when we launched the naming scheme.”He’s even got his on YouTube channel (the funny boy) which showcases his videos of bin and recycling days. So, naturally we felt we ought to name a lorry after him.”

FCC Environment Area Manager Brian Ashby said: “The last few months have been hard work keeping waste and recycling services going during the COVID pandemic but as lock-down eases slowly, it feels great to be able to announce the new truck names and to be able to share the news with Frank in this way.

Brentford company pays ?8,759 in EUs

Trees for Cities works across the UK and overseas to improve lives by planting trees in cities. A computer support company in Brentford which breached rules around packaging waste recycling has paid ?8,759.31 in Enforcement Undertakings (EU) to a charity to help fund the planting of several thousand trees, the Environment Agency has reported. The Agency said that EMC Computer Systems failed to register the packing waste it produced between 2002 and 2003, and from 2008 to 2015.

EMC, which is based on the Great West Road, will pay the money to Trees for Cities, which works across the UK and overseas to plan trees in cities. Nikki Collins, a senior waste operations officer for the Environment Agency, said: “Enforcement undertakings ensure that those who commit offences stop offending, come into compliance and take steps to prevent a recurrence. Offenders should be prepared to take responsibility for their actions and put things right, resulting in a direct benefit to the environment and local communities. Rory Field, corporate partnerships director for Trees for Cities, said: “This money contributed to the creation of a new woodland at Goodmayes Park in Ilford, where more than 500 members of the local community came out to help plant the trees.”

Chirk Particleboard Factory set to be regulated by NRW

An airview of Kronospan

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has announced that it intends to take over as site environmental regulator at the Kronospan Particleboard Factory, Chirk. The announcement follows the decision to progress with the consolidation of the current environmental permits held by Wrexham county borough council and NRW into one permit to be issued by NRW. NRW said the decision will enable NRW to take over regulation of the entire site, conducting all regulatory functions in relation to the consolidated permit.

NRW operations manager for North East Wales, David Powell said: “This is a significant step forward for the organisation, as this comes following a directive from Welsh Government in 2018.

The consolidation of Kronospan’s environmental permit will enable us, as the regulator, to ensure that the factory complies with relevant standards and that the permit incorporates the latest European best practice and associated emission limits.”

“As we progress with the permit consolidation, we will continue to engage with Kronospan and remain committed to consulting with the public on our draft decision which will be available by the end of 2020.”