5 waste and recycling stories you need to read this week!
With Q3 now well underway, and RWM Expo now in sight, we've compiled the most-read stories from across the waste & recycling sector so far this year, via letsrecycle.com.
Take a look at them below - remember, you heard them here first!
1. Sturgeon rejects call from own MSP to pause DRS
The Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has rejected calls from one of her own MSPs to pause the rollout of the deposit return scheme (DRS) in August, but said the government “will consider any changes that can sensibly me made”.
Ms Sturgeon was asked what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that 600 drinks producers are concerned about the impact on their businesses in relation to the DRS.
2. Two jailed for offences at Lincolnshire waste site
Two men involved with a Skegness waste site have been jailed and a third sentenced after the Environment Agency found they were storing material illegally.
Between June 2015 and April 2017, Thomas Todd, Jamie Todd and Bryan Walker managed businesses operating from the former Bowman’s Site, in Lincolnshire near the A52, the Environment Agency said.
3. Leeds takes residents to court in wheelie bin ‘crackdown’
Leeds city council has taken a string of “irresponsible householders” to court for permanently leaving out their bins, amid a “crackdown on wheelie bins”.
The council said it has secured combined fines and costs of more than £16,000 against persistent offenders at Leeds magistrates court so far in 2023.
4. Birmingham opens £15m waste depot
Birmingham city council has opened a £15 million depot in Tyseley which will house some of the council’s refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) and staff.
The site was built by Morgan Sindall Construction with key features include electric vehicle charging points to ensure the site is future-proofed for when such technology is used on a widespread basis.
5. Councils halt waste sofa collections over POPs enforcement
Councils have temporarily begun to halt the collection of waste soft furnishings, blaming the Environment Agency’s enforcement of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) regulations.
In Cumbria, the council said yesterday (4 January) that its 14 household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) will “temporarily be unable to accept” items such as sofas and armchairs, bean bags and foot stools between 1-23 January.