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Lorry driver who dumped 100 tonnes of waste at school jailed

Image copyright EA Image caption The school said beetles hatching from the tip “took over the area” A lorry driver who dumped 100 tonnes of stinking waste on a special school’s car park, landing it with a £22,000 bill, has been jailed for 12 months. Francis Heaton, 61, admitted leaving the pile at Oldham’s Kingfisher Special School, in April 2018. The school’s principal said the smell from “the rotting tip was unbearable”. Judge Paul Lawton told Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court that Heaton, of Gorton, had committed a “deliberate, selfish…

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The women fighting fast fashion waste

Are you a fast fashion victim? Claire and Emily run a hub in Manchester that takes old clothes and fabrics and transforms them into new garments. They teach upcycling, mending and ancient Japanese dyeing techniques at the hub, with the hope people will stop buying new. An estimated 235 million items of clothing were sent to UK landfill in 2017, according to a report by Sainsbury’s. This clip is originally from BBC Radio 5 Live. Source link

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Clinical waste ‘backlog’ pictured at North Lanarkshire health centres

Image caption The waste was piled on top of containers at health centres in Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld Photographs showing bags of clinical waste piled at three health centres in North Lanarkshire have been posted on social media. The images – from Coatbridge, Kilsyth and Cumbernauld – showed bags of waste on top of large waste containers. It comes after the collapse of the firm Healthcare Environmental Services (HES), which had previously processed clinical waste across Scotland. NHS Lanarkshire said the waste had since been removed and posed no risk.…

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Recycling: Where is the plastic waste mountain?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A woman collecting plastic at a waste dump in Indonesia – in the year to October, the country received 63,000 tonnes of UK plastic A year ago, experts warned that the UK could face a mountain of waste plastic as China imposed a ban on waste imports. In recent years, the UK has heavily relied on China to take our unwanted plastic packaging. Three years ago, the UK was exporting half a million tonnes of plastic to China and Hong Kong – accounting for…

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HES: Clinical waste firm failed to improve despite regulator warning

Image caption Staff at the firm’s base in Shotts were told on Thursday morning they were being made redundant Inspectors found a string of environmental breaches at a clinical waste firm which laid off all of its staff. Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) told workers they were being made redundant after it was embroiled in a waste stockpiling scandal. Environmental regulators inspected HES sites in Dundee and Shotts this week. They found both were failing to comply with enforcement notices over the proper storage of waste. One former worker said the…

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Christmas plastic workshop to help reduce festive waste

Cutting plastic waste has been a key theme of 2018 and Christmas is a time when the amount thrown away increases. Emmajo Haslam runs plastic-free Christmas workshops for her community in Whitley Bay. She provides information and tips for those looking to reduce their Christmas waste and use less plastic over the festive period. Source link

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Weather stops plastic waste car reaching South Pole

A car made from waste plastic has been forced to abort its mission to the South Pole because of bad weather. Solar Voyager was set to be the first solar-powered expedition to reach Antarctica. But despite it being Antarctica’s summer, unexpected heavy snow has meant progress has been slow, and now the team have had to turn around. The team from Holland say they’ve still achieved their main mission: to prove plastic waste can be put to good use, though they’d rather people avoided using single-use plastic altogether. Source link

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2018 statistic of the year: Plastic waste fact tops list

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A fact about plastic waste – which has repeatedly made headlines this year – has been named 2018’s stat of the year Two facts about the environment have been named as 2018’s best statistics. The list – from the Royal Statistical Society – also included figures about Kylie Jenner, Jaffa Cakes and trains. The winning international statistic of the year was 90.5% – the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled. And in the UK category, the top stat was 28.7% –…

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News Daily: Waste strategy and cabinet to talk no-deal Brexit

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here Green revolution? Every home in England will have food waste collected weekly, under a new government waste strategy. People will also have to pay a returnable deposit on bottles, cans and disposable cups. Household recycling will also be made less confusing, with consistent labelling on packaging to tell consumers what they can recycle. Green groups have broadly welcomed the plans, although they say much more detail is needed. At the moment, only about 35% of English households are…

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Waste plan floats bottle deposit scheme

Image copyright Getty Images Consumers will have to pay a returnable deposit on bottles, cans and disposable cups under a new government strategy. The strategy also compels councils to provide separate collections for food waste. Recycling will be made less confusing for households, and manufacturers will need to foot the cost of disposing of the goods they produce. The plan has been cautiously welcomed by green groups, but some business groups are wary. The strategy is designed to help combat climate change, safeguard resources and reduce the flow of plastic…

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