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News in Brief (25/10/2016)

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With news on: East London Biogas trials night-time opening; Plaswood Group extends lumber range; Hackney Recycling Rewards launched, and; Herefordshire in HWRC warning.

East London Biogas trials night-time deliveries

East London Biogas Limited is trialling extended opening hours for the delivery of food waste to its Dagenham anerobic digestion plant, with the site to be open throughout the night.


East London Biogas Limited’s Dagenham AD plant

From yesterday (24 October), the facility is opening its doors for deliveries at 10pm, staying open through the night until 4.30pm the following day, from Mondays to Fridays. On Saturday mornings the facility will close at 8am.

Since opening in February 2014, the plant has diverted more than 63,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill and has produced over 31,000 MWh of renewable power.

Jack Armond, commercial manager at East London Biogas, commented: “We are trialling these hours for the next six months and hope that customers will find them convenient for vehicle logistics.

“We are keen to make these hours permanent, providing that customer uptake is sufficient.”


Plaswood Group extends lumber range

BPI Recycled Products has announced the launch a new brown blend of its ‘Plaswood’ recycled plastic lumber product, which is manufactured by the company’s Plaswood Group.


Plaswood’s lumber is made from recovered plastic

The company is also extending the range of sizes and shapes of all Plaswood lumber.

The product is a timber-replacement material made from recovered plastic. The new brown blend of lumber, named ‘Earth Brown’, is available alongside existing ‘Jet Black’ and six other colour options for furniture and other external construction applications.

Plaswood is manufactured at a site in Dumfries.

Mike Baxter, products director for the Plaswood Group, said: “Our new brown blend of lumber and the expanded choice of sizes and shapes in both brown and jet black are already proving popular with architects and other contractors.

“They are increasingly specifying Plaswood as an environmentally supportive direct substitute for wood, concrete or steel sections, that performs brilliantly in wet, harsh or damp environments in particular.”


Hackney recycling rewards scheme launched

A new scheme has been launched in Hackney, rewarding residents for their recycling efforts.


Cllr Feryal Demirci and Graham Simmonds with representatives from the five charities that will benefit from the rewards.

The council will measure the amount of waste and recycling produced by residents in each of the 21 wards in the borough and when a ward recycles more and wastes less, all of its members will earn points.

The scheme is being run by rewards provider Local Green Points. Winners and runners-up in every ward will win a choice of vouchers of up to £100 every three months. Members can also vote and win money for local charities, as well as using the discount card or app in over 100 shops across the borough.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, transport and parks, said: “We are keen to reward residents for their hard work and encourage an increase in recycling and help reduce waste. Not only will this help make Hackney greener, but it will save money, as it costs the Council more to dispose of rubbish than it does to recycle it.”

The scheme was set up after the Council secured £637,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s £11.1m Recycling Reward Fund.


Herefordshire clamps down on HWRC trade waste

Herefordshire Council has issued a warning over the use of household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) by commercial users after fines were issued to two waste carriers.

Two traders pleaded guilty to depositing commercial waste at the council’s household recycling centre in Rotherwas and transporting waste without a waste carriers licence at Hereford Magistrates Court in separate cases on 14 October.

The cases saw traders issued with separate fines of £350 and £300 each.

Councillor David Harlow, cabinet member economy & corporate services, said “Household recycling centres may only be used by residents in Herefordshire wishing to dispose of their own household waste.

“The unlawful disposal of waste and fly tipping cost council taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds each year. Businesses do this to avoid the cost of disposing of their waste lawfully and anyone found to be doing this will be prosecuted.”

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