15 August 2019 by Lucy Pegg

News in brief (15/08/19)

With news on; Leicestershire launch campaign to curb contamination; Wembley soil redistributed to Brent pitches; Willshee’s named as inspirational company; Hertfordshire “supersite” progresses, and; Milton Keynes use cameras to crack down on flytipping.

Leicestershire launches campaign to curb contamination

Leicestershire county council are encouarging residents to “recycle right”

Leicestershire county council has launched a campaign to curb contamination in recycling bins by making sure residents “recycle right”.

Last year 5,500 tonnes of material placed in recycling bins in Leicestershire was rejected due to wrongly recycled items – like disposable nappies and food waste – contaminating the correctly recycled waste.

The local authority is working with district councils in order to increase its 45% recycling rate, according to Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport.

He said: “As a county we are aiming to recycle 50% of all household waste by 2020.

“The less we contaminate our recycling, the easier it will be to meet targets, reduce costs and contribute towards a more environmentally sustainable place to live.”

Wembley soil redistributed to Brent football pitches

Veolia will redistribute 130 tonnes of soil from Wembley stadium’s football pitch to local playing fields in Brent.

Soil from Wembley’s football pitch will be used at playing fields in Brent

Working with the Football Association, the waste management company will divert the topsoil from landfill and instead give teams playing at Gladstone Park and Northwick Park improved and enriched pitches.

The soil at Wembley is removed annually in the off-season to allow a new playing field to be made ready for the first game of the season in August.

Bruna Silva, operations manager for Veolia, said: “Over the past year, we have facilitated the stadium’s move towards being free of single-use plastic, have introduced a merchandise redistribution scheme, and have set the standard for sustainable waste practices in sports facilities.

“The 130 tonne pitch distribution is another environmentally friendly initiative that will positively contribute to the local community, and I’m confident that those who benefit from this environmental solution will be inspired to know they are playing on the same soil as professional footballers and athletes.”

Willshee’s named as inspirational company for second year running

Willshee’s Waste and Recycling have been named as one of the London Stock Exchange’s Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain for the second year running.

(l-r) Dean Willshee – managing director of Willshee’s Waste & Recycling, Marcus Stuttard – chief executive of the Alternative Investment Market, Malcolm Lawson – director of Willshee’s

The list recognises fast-growing and dynamic small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. Businesses selected had to demonstrate positive revenue growth and outperform competitors in their sector.

Dean Willshee, managing director of Willshee’s, said: “We are delighted to have been named in the Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain for the second year running.

“It is an honour to be recognised by such a prestigious financial institution as the London Stock Exchange and it is testament to the drive and continuous commitment of our whole team here at Willshee’s.”

David Schwimmer – CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group – congratulated all the companies named for their contribution to the UK economy and their “creation of a society that works for everyone.”

Hertfordshire recycling “supersite” progresses

Work on Hertfordshire county council’s recycling “supersite” is progressing after two months of work at the old Ware Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

The site on Westmill Road has been closed and contractors Balfour Beatty have levelled the ground. This required the removal of 26,000 tonnes of contaminated material, which has now been sent for recycling.

Terry Hone, cabinet member for waste management at Hertfordshire county council, said that though the improvements meant the HWRC would be closed until the development was finished, he hoped residents would bear with the local authority.

He added: “With over 100,000 new homes due to be built in Hertfordshire in the next 15 years, it’s vital that we upgrade our facilities to cope.

“I’m sure when the site reopens everyone will agree it will have been worth it, as it will be considerably larger, and a much better experience all round, which has to be a good thing for residents.”

The new Ware site will be four times the size of the original recycling centre and has been designed to handle up to 300,000 visits and up to 10,000 tonnes of waste a year. It will feature a purpose-built reuse centre.

Milton Keynes uses cameras to catch flytippers

Milton Keynes council is to use CCTV cameras and dashcams to catch and prosecute flytippers.

Cllr Emily Darlington has pledged to tackle flytipping in Milton Keynes

The measures were pledged as part of a “crackdown” on illegal waste disposal by Councillor Emily Darlington, cabinet member for public realm.

The cameras will be used in fly-tipping hotspots and, if caught, offenders could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £250, or prosecuted in court, where a fine of up to £50,000- or a custodial sentence could be handed out.

Cllr Darlington said: “Fly tipping is a serious criminal offence, and we can and will prosecute.  In recent years we’ve successfully prosecuted around 30 offenders resulting in fines of more than £25,000.

“We have a target to reduce fly tipping across the borough and we have entered into a partnership with a local crime management company to assist us and monitor hot spots and other areas.”


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