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Cambridge councils roll out electric RCV

The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service – a partnership between South Cambridgeshire district and Cambridge city councils – has rolled out its first electric refuse collection vehicle (RCV). The fully electric Dennis ...

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31 March 2020

Defra surveys councils’ PPE provision

 

A survey launched by Defra into the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) by councils for waste sector employees ends by close of play today (31 March). With PPE of particular importance during the coronavirus pandemic...

31 March 2020

Chiltern restarts paper but halts food collections

 

Chiltern council has announced that it is restarting paper and card collections this week, less than seven days after they were halted due to staff shortages. However, food collections have been suspended until further notice to ...

30 March 2020

Warnings over domestic burning of waste

 

Councils across the country have issued warnings to residents about the dangers of burning waste following a spate of incidents. This comes as some residents have been reportedly setting fire to rubbish, particularly green waste, ...

30 March 2020

Suez bags Highlands contract extension

 

Highlands council has awarded Suez an extension to its contract to treat more than 16,00 tonnes per annum of dry mixed recycling, in a deal which could be worth more than £5.5 million.  First awarded in ...

28 March 2020

WISH issues waste and COVID-19 advisory document

 

The UK’s Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum (WISH) has published a draft advice document about managing COVID-19 (coronavirus) risks in the context of a range of waste management activities. The document, released on Friday ...

27 March 2020

‘Keep HWRCs open for wood supply’, WRA says

 

The Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) has called on the government to keep open household waste and recycling centres which take in waste wood to safeguard the supply of material for industry.  A number of ...

27 March 2020

Recycling Association makes collections plea to Defra

 

The chief executive of the Recycling Association has called on Defra to ensure recycling collections from households are maintained during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Simon Ellin made his plea yesterday (26 March) in a letter ...

26 March 2020

‘The time for action is now’ – Neil Grundon

 

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Neil Grundon, deputy chairman of Grundon Waste Management, says service provision is the immediate priority, but it’s also important to look to the future.

25 March 2020

Union urges LGA to clarify role of refuse workers

 

The GMB union has called on the Local Government Association (LGA)  to spell out how refuse staff can safely provide an "essential service" while meeting social distancing requirements.  Refuse workers have been identified as '...