27 July 2016 by Lewis Deakin

News in brief (27/07/2016)

With news on; Kent waste strategy consultation; scrap vehicle prosecution; Shanks makes Netherlands acquisition; Blue Scotland moves premises, and London borough of Barnet clamps down on flytipping

Kent launches waste strategy consultation

People are being invited to have their say on how Kent disposes of its waste from 2017 up to 2035.

Kent is looking at its waste disposal strategy up to 2037

Kent is looking at its waste disposal strategy up to 2035

Kent county council has launched the consultation in response to projections that says the amount of waste the county produces will increase from 700,000 tonnes to 864,000 by 2031.

And, the county has reduced its annual tonnage of material sent to landfill from 11% in 2014/2015 to 4%.

According to the council, this has been achieved by utilising more recycling and recovery opportunities of the more difficult to deal with waste, such as mattresses and hard plastic objects not currently recycled.

The Kent Waste Disposal Strategy outlines key objectives for the authority going forward, such as identifying future pressures and how the county council intends to maintain a sustainable waste management service in the face of budgetary pressures.

The council is accepting submissions until 2 October. Kent’s Waste Disposal Strategy is available here.

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Northumberland man fined for storing scrap vehicles

A 31-year-old man from Northumberland has been fined for storing scrap vehicles without a permit.

William Scott Armstrong, of Linton Colliery in Morpeth, appeared at Berwick Magistrates’ Court on Monday (July 19).

Mr Armstrong pleaded guilty to one offence of operating a regulated facility at Linton Colliery without a permit, and was fined £1,160, ordered to pay costs of £3,000 and a victim surcharge of £116.

Environment Agency officers visited the site on January 14 2015 and saw a large pile of partially crushed scrap vehicles, covering around 1,000 square meters.

All waste should have been removed from the site by January 9, 2015 in response to an EA permit issued in October 2014.

Mr Armstrong told EA officers he was storing the vehicles until the price of scrap metal recovered. He offered to bale the vehicles so they occupied less space.

Environment Agency officers reminded Mr Armstrong the site needed to be cleared. Further visits by EA officers were made in April and May of last year, with the site not cleared until August 2015.

An Agency spokesperson said permits are in place to “protect the environment and communities”.

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Shanks acquires Leiden’s commercial waste arm

Shanks Group has expanded its Netherlands portfolio after acquiring the City of Leiden’s commercial waste collection operations.

Shanks has expanded its Netherlands customer

Shanks will take over the City’s customer portfolio from August

Shanks’ subsidiary business Vliko will take over the City’s current customer portfolio from August 1, collecting commercial waste from over 1,500 customers.

The waste will then be processed at Vliko or Shanks’ advanced sorting line in Wateringen. The company confirmed the acquisition does not involve the transfer of any of the city’s employees.

Michael van Hulst, managing director of Shanks’ commercial waste Netherlands division, said: “We are delighted to acquire the City of Leiden’s commercial waste collection operations, which fit perfectly with our growth strategy and our focus on turning waste into valuable products.”

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Blue Scotland moves to larger premises

Waste equipment supplier Blue Scotland has left its premises in Stirling after 15 years in order to expand its operations.

Its new facility, on Craigleith Road at Broadley’s Business Park in the city, was acquired in late 2015.

The company confirmed it has refurbished its new HQ with offices, increased capacity warehouses, under-cover modern workshops and a new training school designed to develop the skills of staff.

Austin Carey, Blue Scotland managing director, said: “These splendid new facilities will enable us to continue to provide the very best product support for our growing and loyal customer base, with a significantly increased spares stock holding and fully equipped workshops where our engineering teams can undertake even more major overhauls, PDI work and machine refurbishment.”

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Barnet cracks down on flytipping

A communications campaign has been launched by Barnet council to reduce flytipping across the London borough.

Barnet is taking a zero tolerance approach on flytipping

Barnet is taking a zero tolerance approach on flytipping

The council, which claims it collects 1,600 tonnes of flytipped waste per year, has released photos as part of its #KeepBarnetClean campaign to show how much waste is left on the streets of the borough in one day.

Councillor Dean Cohen, chairman of Barnet’s environment committee, has promised a zero tolerance approach to the waste crime.

He said: “Our new campaign says to anyone who lives in, works in, or visits Barnet that we take pride in our streets and that littering and fly tipping is completely unacceptable. If you litter in our borough, it is a crime and you will be issued with a £80 fixed penalty notice. If you are caught fly tipping, you will be prosecuted.”

Residents are being encouraged to report incidents of fly tipping in hotspots via the council’s website. The council also wants people to organise litter picks in their local area in September.

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