4 March 2019 by Joshua Doherty

News in brief (04/03/2019)

With news on: Mersey charity spreads recycling message; Suez and Anthesis launch legislation ‘calculator’; Powys issues reminder over waste collections, and; WRA chair bags award.


Liverpool charity spreads recycling message

A team of charity volunteers in Liverpool have clocked up more than 8,300 hours of work to help boost recycling in the area.

(l-r) Marguerita Gill (GTDT), Carl Beer (MRWA), Liverpool Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins

The volunteers are working on behalf of Granby Toxteth Development Trust and have pushed messages of reducing waste throughout the area with recycling roadshows, clothes swaps and initiatives with schools and community groups.

The organisation has been delivering recycling projects in the area since 2013 and are currently using money received from a waste grant to help inspire re-use and recycling in parts of Liverpool.

They have been awarded £8,000 from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which was set up to help support waste prevention projects locally.

The funding is expanding their environmental work further afield, promoting waste reduction and recycling messages to residents in wards across the city.

Dr Lindsey Guy, chief executive of GTDT, said: “We have been delivering recycling and waste management projects for several years around the Granby Toxteth area, and recently more further afield into Kensington, Picton and Riverside.   We’ve been continuing to work with these, and new, communities as well as working with MRWA to promote good recycling practices and help to change people’s behaviour.”


Suez and Anthesis develop legislation ‘calculator’

Suez and Anthesis have partnered to create a tool to help councils calculate the possible impact of future government waste policy on the cost of their services.

The tool will help councils to assess the cost of new policies on their waste services

The ‘policy impact calculator’ – which will be free to download – will aim to help local authorities estimate the potential financial and operational implications of the different Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) scenarios, and full net cost recovery Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) proposals, on their individual services.

It is anticipated that the calculator will be made available within three weeks of the publication of the consultation documents, which came out on the 18th February, which will allow time for the model to be adjusted for the specific details in the documents.

Technical development director at SUEZ UK, Stuart Hayward-Higham, said: “With such a radical potential policy shake-up, there is significant uncertainty over the impact of various different scenarios and models for deposit return and extended producer responsibility respectively.”

He added: “Confusion around the potential impacts of these major policy instruments may make it difficult for councils to make an informed response to these vital consultations, particularly given the condensed timescales, which is why we have backed Anthesis in developing this useful tool and contributed our own data to help inform the discussion.”


Powys issues reminder over waste collections

Powys county council in Wales has issued a reminder to residents to use registered waste carriers if they need to dispose of their household waste.

The reminder has been issued by the council’s Waste Awareness and Enforcement Team after new measures to help councils in Wales tackle crime waste were passed.

New requirements around fixed penalties to help prevent illegal dumping of household waste were passed last month. Households could now receive a fine if they pay someone to dispose of their waste and they dump it illegally.

The council wants households to ensure that they use registered waste carriers if they need any household waste disposed of

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said: “Residents may think that they have done the right thing by paying someone to remove their household waste but if they have not checked carefully who they have passed their waste to for disposal, it could end up being fly-tipped.

“Ultimately, households could face a fine if their waste has been found fly-tipped so it is important that they dispose of their waste correctly.”


WRA chair bags industry award

The chair of the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) Andy Hill has won the “personality of the year” award at the Global CemFuels Conference in Amsterdam last month (February).

Andy Hill, Chair of the WRA (left) receiving his award from Robert MCaffrey of Global CemFuels

The award was given in recognition of “Andy’s commitment and achievements in the promotion of alternative fuels in the UK and abroad, and his role as a key industry player”.

Mr Hill, who formerly worked as market development director at Suez recycling and recovery UK, before setting up his own consultancy last year, said he was delighted to receive the award.

“I’m very honoured to have received this award in an industry with many great people working in it. To be recognised like this means a great deal to me.”

The Global CemFuels Conference took place in Amsterdam and showcased the best alternative fuels projects and equipment from the cement industry in Europe and around the world.

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