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News in Brief (30/07/18)

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With news on: Gaskells supports Carfest; WLWA hosts clothes swap; Ealing launches campaign; and, Viridor gears up for Edinburgh Fringe.

Gaskells supports Carfest

Gaskells Waste Management Services has supported Carfest North – a festival which raises money for Children in Need – for the third year running as preferred waste management provider.

Gaskells supported Carfest at the weekend and took the opportunity to spread “important messages” about recycling

Carfest took place from 27-29 July at Bolesworth Castle in Cheshire, with cars, music and family fun, with acts including Rick Astley, Burt Bacharach, Razorlight, George Ezra, Status Quo, The Proclaimers, Bananarama, The Coral, Reef and Billy Ocean.

At the event, Merseyside firm Gaskells said it was helping to spread important messages about recycling and sustainability.

General Waste and his crew are seven specially created character bins, which were dotted across the site, and provided answers to questions handed out to families as they arrived on site.

In 2017 they sorted, separated and recovered a 120 tonnes of waste over the three days, with special on site segregation. All the waste was then taken to Gaskells materials recycling facility in Liverpool.

Over the past five years, Carfest events have raised more than £7 million for BBC Children in Need, and Gaskells said it is “proud to have played a part”.

WLWA hosts clothes swap at V&A

West London Waste Authority and Global Fashion Exchange hosted a clothes swap at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum on 1 July.

Over 500 residents attended the pop-up talks and exchanged 500 items, equating to 260.4kg of clothing, to make the most use of their unwanted textiles.

Organisations including Fashion 4 Change, Fashion Revolution, C&A Foundation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Avery Dennison, Arcadia Textiles Ltd and Common Objective also contributed to the event.

The aim of the event was to drive home the message of ‘no textiles in the bin’ and to raise awareness of the £2m avoided disposal cost of textiles for West London Waste Authority and partner councils collectively.

Viridor gears up for Edinburgh Fringe

Viridor expects to collect an extra 500 tonnes of glass during Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival in August when, the company said, the population of the city doubles from 500,000 to one million.

Viridor expects to collect an extra 500 tonnes of glass during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August

Recycling during the festival generally drops by 30 tonnes with a corresponding 90-tonne increase in general waste, Viridor said, which is why the company is keen to remind people that “the best way to increase recycling is to put the Right Stuff in the Right Bin”.

Barry Neill, Viridor’s Collection Manager at Bonnyrigg, said: “Our number one product for collection is glass and glass can be recycled indefinitely which is why we call it a real recycling superhero.

“The key to making the most of our recycling is for everyone to put the Right Stuff in the Right Bin. If we all do that, we can send the glass to our Newhouse glass recycling facility in Motherwell and ensure that it goes back into glass manufacturing in Scotland.”

Viridor currently collects all Edinburgh’s glass from public glass bins and bottle banks.

Ealing launches waste responsibility campaign

Ealing council is launching a major campaign to highlight how rubbish and bulky waste should be disposed of correctly in shared housing, HMOs (houses of multiple occupation) and flats.

By raising awareness of the law for both tenants and landlords, the council said it aims to curb the rubbish and household items ending up on the borough’s streets as “unsightly” and illegal fly-tips.

Ealing council says it has launched a campaign which aims to curb rubbish and household items being illegally fly-tipped (picture: Shutterstock)

The council is hosting a ‘Know Your Waste Responsibilities’ event at Ealing Town Hall on Monday 6 August which will provide advice and info on waste management in HMOs.

Residents, tenants, landlords, and housing associations across the borough are invited to attend and find out information about their legal responsibilities around waste, and how they can help the council crack down on illegal disposal and fly-tipping.

Councillor Mik Sabiers, cabinet member for environment and highways said: “Landlords and tenants in flats and shared housing have an important role to play in ensuring that waste items, old furniture and appliances, and other rubbish is disposed of properly.

“The council is offering support and guidance to landlords and tenants of HMOs so they can stay on the right side of the law and contribute to a cleaner borough for all.”

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