July 1st, 2013
Forty schools across Wales have joined together to promote WEEE reuse, organised by ten councils to reduce waste.
WEEE Reuse Recycle 2012, which is being run in conjunction with compliance scheme ERP, the Distributor Take-back Scheme and SE Wales Regional Waste Group will see each school collecting unwanted or broken electrical items from pupils, where it will then be sent to a re-processor, and treated for reuse or recycling.
Each council has partnered with a community reuse group that will reintroduce salvageable items into the community. The remaining products will be recycled by…
June 27th, 2013
A Wirral skip company has been prosecuted for failing to obtain permits for placing skips on the highway.
At a court hearing, H and H Waste Transfer was found guilty on seven counts of placing skips on the highway without authority.
No representative of the company attended court, but the cases proceeded without them.
The company was fined £150 for each case, plus the costs of bringing the prosecution, meaning it faces having to pay a total of £2,821 within 21 days of the hearing date of January 28.
The law states that skip hire companies are responsible for applying for a permit for each individual skip – detailing the intended location, date of delivery and size of the skip being sited.
June 27th, 2013
Defra announced in the middle of February that they have decided to not restrict the amount of wood that goes to landfill.
The governmental department originally broached the idea based on the fear that too much wood, that could be recycled, was getting dumped in landfill.
The decision was met with support from most MPs and wood merchants and recyclers. The idea had been touted last summer, and had caused controversy in a lot of circles. The responses from the industry were concerning how the ban could be enforced and the extra infrastructure required.
A total of 37 responses were received to the call for evidence in total, with most responses coming from wood trade associations and local authority…
June 21st, 2013
One of the busiest roads in Scotland was resurfaced last year with the asphalt, containing shredded rubber from old tyres.
Tests were performed on grip and skid resistance, with engineers reporting that the rubber road, on a stretch of dual carriageway between Perth and Dundee, resulted in a quieter drive.
The surface is also more environmentally friendly. Since 2006, EU rules have banned the disposal of tyres in landfill sites, leaving about 480,000 tonnes of recyclable…
June 20th, 2013
When it comes to a send-off, most people resign themselves to the pine coffin and black hearse route. But a former bricklayer told his family that his final journey should take place in a skip-shaped coffin – on the back of his old work truck.
Tony Bryan, a grandfather of four, who passed away at the age of 74, had requested to be taken on a tour of his home town before his burial which took place in his one acre garden.
Bryan’s son, Nick, decided to take on his father’s requests and set about creating his final wish.
He said: ‘The funeral was a celebration of my father’s…
June 16th, 2013
The price went in to operation on 1st June and effects skips, scaffolding and other building materials.
The council – one of the last few to have a free permitting system – have said they are putting the price up to tackle “the amount of people leaving skips, often overloaded, on site for longer periods of time than permitted, causing potential safety issues for passers-by.”
However, a closer look at the figures of what could be made as clear profit looks more likely to be…
June 12th, 2013