News Wednesday 8 April 2020
7 April 2020

Defra issues coronavirus waste services guide

Defra has today (7 April) published a non-statutory guide to help local authorities and other waste collectors prioritise and maintain their waste collection services during the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance document ranks 14 different waste services from high priority to low and outlines government advice on how to run...

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7 April 2020

Recycling Technologies temporarily closes Swindon plant

 

Swindon-based company Recycling Technologies has announced that in light of the coronavirus pandemic it is to close its demonstration-scale plant at its Cheney Manor site temporarily. The company says that, during the plant’s ...

Plastics fire at recycling plant in yorkshire 7 April 2020

Crews remain at ‘significant’ plastics fire 

 

The Cleveland Fire Brigade has said it will remain on the scene of a “significant fire” at a plastics recycling facility owned by Greenology in Cleveland, North Yorkshire, for a few days.    Fire crews were called...

7 April 2020

Agency publishes ‘COVID-19 RPS’ on storage limits

 

The Environment Agency has issued a ‘COVID-19 regulatory position statement (RPS)’ outlining when companies can temporarily ...

7 April 2020

Stericycle submits plans for Telford plant

 

Clinical waste specialist Stericycle has applied for a permit to develop a healthcare waste treatment plant and transfer station at Stafford Park in Telford. With the capacity to treat 17,500 tonnes of hazardous waste and 7,300 ...

6 April 2020

All Welsh councils still operating recycling services

 

All local authorities in Wales are currently keeping kerbside recycling and food waste collections operational during the coronavirus pandemic.   Nationwide staff shortages in the waste collection ...

6 April 2020

Face masks ‘not advised’ during waste collection

 

Public Health England says it does not advise the use of face masks when undertaking waste collection during the coronavirus pandemic. Full guidance for employees has been published on the executive agency’s website and can be ...

6 April 2020

‘Continue recycling’, urges Northern Ireland minister

 

The Northern Ireland Executive's environment minister has called on the public to continue recycling and to ensure waste goes in the correct bin during the coronavirus pandemic. Edwin Poots, who was appointed as minister at the ...

6 April 2020

Edinburgh reduces RCV crew size

 

The number of crew members allowed in the cabs of refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) is to be reduced from three to two in Edinburgh during the coronavirus pandemic. Other local authorities across the UK, including Derby (see below) are also ...

6 April 2020

ESA backs guidance for waste workers

 

The Environmental Services Association has backed the advice document produced by the UK’s WISH Forum, which provides guidance on managing coronavirus risks for waste management activities.   The...