1 February 2019 by Elizabeth Slow

News in brief (01/02/2019)

With news on: Norfolk fly-tipping campaign; Cambridgeshire’s closed landfill plan; MP visits East Devon MRF; education experience at Aberdeen MRF; and NI reports household recycling increase.


SCRAP fly-tipping campaign launched in Norfolk

A campaign has been launched in Norfolk to ‘fight the blight’ of fly-tipping in the county and cut the annual estimated £1 million clear-up cost.

The ‘SCRAP’ fly-tipping campaign reminds people to check their waste is being taken away for disposal by a licensed carrier – either by asking to see a Waste Carriers Licence or by looking up the company on the Environment Agency website.

Launch of the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign at Chapelfield Gardens in Norwich by Norfolk County Council along with other partners

All of Norfolk’s councils, the Environment Agency, Norfolk Constabulary, and the NFU and CLA are joining together to support the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign.

Cllr John Fisher, chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, said: “There are lots of ways that people can legally get rid of the things they no longer want, so in addition to asking people to avoid giving their waste to rogue traders, the SCRAP campaign will be highlighting how people can dispose of items and stay within the law.

“We’re urging people to follow the simple SCRAP code and are reminding people that if it’s their waste it’s their responsibility.”


Cambridgeshire looks to utilise closed landfills

Cambridgeshire county council is embarking on energy projects to ‘transform’ the way its closed landfill assets are utilised.

A map showing the two closed landfill sites

The council plans to use two closed landfill sites, located in Woodston and Stanground in Peterborough, to generate and store energy via solar panels and battery storage. The use of the land in this manner, if it goes ahead, will be one of the ‘first of its kind’ in the UK, the council says.

The two projects are currently at an early, pre-planning application stage of development.

For the design and delivery of the projects, the council is working with design and build contractor Bouygues E & S. For the Stanground site, a 2.25MW Solar PV ground mounted array, together with a 10MW battery storage system for demand side response (DSR) is proposed. For Woodston, a much smaller site, a tailored 3MW Battery Storage for DSR services is planned. The battery storage will act as a relief valve on the national grid, absorbing electricity at times of excess generation and releasing it back into the grid when needed, the council says.

Revenue from the energy generated and services provided by the project will be used to help fund crucial services, according to the county council.


Neil Parish MP visits East Devon MRF

East Devon district council’s recycling efforts were highly commended by Neil Parish MP, who recently visited the facility at Greendale Resources Recycling Centre, near Exeter.

Mr Parish – who is the chair of the Parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee – visited the plant to view the council’s recently installed sorting and baling machine which separates 5,000 tonnes of recycling a year collected from residents.

According to the council, the quality of the sorted materials produced by this technology maximises the value of the materials that are being recycled.

Neil Parish MP for Honiton and Tiverton said: “I’m very impressed with it and how practical it is and the fact that you’re genuinely taking out the plastics, you’re taking out the aluminium cans as well as the steel cans. You’re recycling them and making use of that recycled material

“All of this is really good stuff and I really want the DEFRA minister Thérèse Coffey to come down and see what’s going on here in East Devon because I think you are an example to the rest to the country.”


Education experience launched at Suez Aberdeen MRF

Suez recycling and recovery UK has launched a new education and visitor experience at Aberdeen’s materials recycling facility (MRF) at Altens East.

(back l-r) Cllr Bell and Suez’ Colin Forshaw, operations manager at Altens East, with pupils from Tullos School

The experience will allow local schools, groups and residents to learn what happens to the city’s recyclable and non-recyclable waste and explore the £27m facility.

Guests to the education and visitor experience will be able to follow the journey of recyclable and non-recyclable waste and see first-hand the processes at work to see how the latest technology is being used to ensure that the city’s waste is being put to good use, Suez says.

Pupils from Tullos School joined Suez and Aberdeen city council’s Cllr Philip Bell to launch the experience on 30 January.

Aberdeen City Council’s Operational Delivery Vice-Convener Councillor Phillip Bell said: “The education and visitor experience is a fantastic resource, which will help visitors to understand what happens in the process and I’d urge people to come along and see for themselves.”


NI reports increase in household recycling

Northern Ireland has seen a marginal increase in recycling for the second half of 2018, in comparison to the same three months the previous year, according to provision figures from DAERA.

In total, 51.8% of household waste was prepared for reuse, dry recycling and composting between July and September 2018 – up from 51.2% in 2017.

At council level, the figures show that rates varied from 45.3% in Belfast to 58.8% in Antrim & Newtownabbey.

Northern Ireland’s councils collected 256,157 tonnes of LAC municipal waste over the period,1.5% lower than the 260,024 tonnes collected during the same three months of 2017. Household waste accounted for 89.3% of this.

The LAC municipal waste energy recovery rate was 19.7%, an increase on the 18.6% reported for July to September 2017. And, the latest quarterly landfill rate for household waste is 28.2%, a “further reduction” on the 29.9% recorded during the same three months of 2017, DAERA says.

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