News in brief (13/06/23)

With news on: New recycling bins for parks across the borough of Dudley; Suez acquires Czechian company APBB; Allerdale bin strike to continue as talks ‘collapse’; and, Newark and Sherwood to roll out glass service.

New recycling bins for parks across Dudley

Dudley council is looking to increase the number of recycling bins available to the general public across the borough. They plan to start by increasing the number of bins available in the borough’s parks.

Dudley will increase the number of recycling bins in its public spaces

The first park to receive the new recycling bins is Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge and it can accept plastic bottles, drinks cans and tins in one unit. Priory Park is next on the list with other borough parks soon to follow. 

 Councillor Damian Corfield, cabinet member for highways and environmental services, said: “These recycling bins will help us to keep our parks and greens spaces clean and tidy, with the added benefit of being able to recycle the contents. 

“These new bins, along with the existing bins and household recycling collections mean we can continue to drive our recycling rates up, benefitting our borough and the planet.” 

There are currently 70 recycling bins available throughout the borough and the council hopes to double this over the next year. 

 Suez acquires Czechian company APBB 

The Suez group has acquired Anaerobic Power Biogas Benešov spol (APBB) a Czechian company specialising in converting waste to biogas.

Suez said the deal will ‘open new growth opportunities’ in the country

The French-owned Suez group was formed after the sale of Suez to Veolia. It also owns Suez recycling and recovery UK, after Veolia was forced to sell the company by the Compeitions and Markets Authority.

Apbb manages to recover 25, 000 tonnes of waste each year by turning it into biogas and feeding it back to Czechia’s national grid. 

 Akram Alrabayah, chief eecutive  of APBB, said: “We are very pleased for the partnership with Suez group, their entry into APBB operations and know-how. This step will help APBB further expand its green technology in the Czech Republic. APBB targets to drive and lead waste processing innovation into energy and beyond making Europe a prime leader and example in sustainability and climate change solutions” 

SUEZ hopes this acquisition will open up new growth opportunities within the country where it has been operating for the past 30 years. 

Sabrina Soussan , chair and chief executive of Suez, added: “With APBB, SUEZ is extending its range of services for municipalities and industry in the Czech Republic, creating value throughout the life cycle of their waste. This acquisition is fully in line with the Group’s commitment to the recovery of bio-waste, a 100% green energy, produced and distributed locally, which contributes to the energy and ecological transition of its customers.” 

Allerdale bin strike to continue as talks ‘collapse’ 

Refuse crews working in Allerdale will continue strike action which has been ongoing since 16 May in a dispute over pay. 

Workers in Allerdale have been on strike since 16 May

On 7 June, the refuse workers unanimously rejected the offer made to them by Allerdale Waste and Cumberland Council. 

Unite highlighted that “management’s hostile attitude” when they informed them that their offer had been rejected and that the talks collapsed  due to “management refusing to consider the union’s counter proposal”. 

Unite regional officer Ryan Armstrong said: “Negotiations can only be a success if both sides are willing to act in good faith, at the moment that only applies to Unite.” 

Newark and Sherwood to roll out glass service 

Newark and Sherwood district council is hoping to boost its 34.6% recycling rate by introducing a kerbside glass recycling scheme later this year.

Glass will be collected in kerbside collections in Newark and Sherwood

By introducing this service residents will now be able to recycle glass products using a smaller bin at the kerbside, the council said.  

Councillor Paul Peacock, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said:  “Lots of people across the district have told us they want a kerbside glass recycling service and I am pleased that we will be starting this service later this year.   

“The majority of people in the district will get a letter from us over the next couple of weeks, unique to your address. We need to know who will use our new service so that we can start to plan our collection rounds.  I know many people in northwest of the district use the Recycling Ollerton and Boughton scheme already and those letters will give you more information about their service as well.  Watch out for the letters landing and thank you to everyone for doing all you can to help us recycle better in Newark and Sherwood.”  

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