Bank Holiday Round Up – News In Brief

There’s been some interesting stories that have emerged from over the bank holiday weekend from across the world, so here’s a quick round-up of some that caught our eye this morning…

Lili Waste Expands Into Leeds

05-05-15-LiliA new site in Leeds will be opened by waste management operator, Lili Waste, today, with a £500,000 investment in new vehicles. Offering its services to Leeds and the surrounding areas, the expansion comes less than 12 months after the business began trading in nearby Hull. Company owner and MD, Matt Miles, told the business news website: “I’m pleased that to be bringing fresh investment to Leeds. Having previously operated here successfully, I understand the market and the requirements of local businesses. Our expansion means, that as Leeds continues to thrive as a city, we’ll be on hand to service the waste management needs of West Yorkshire’s companies.

NYC’s Sanitation Workers Not Happy With Working Conditions

05-05-15-OneNYCFollowing the recent publication of New York City’s “One NYC” plan towards achieving zero waste, a number of the city’s commercial sanitation workers have demonstrated outside City Hall about what they have called “inhumane and wasteful working conditions”.

The One NYC plan has seen the city’s Mayor, de Blasio, outline plans for huge reduction in carbon output, to fund energy efficiency improvements and to cut the amount of waste sent to landfill by 90% by 2030. But the workers claim there are 2,000 licensed garbage collectors across the five NYC boroughs, meaning inefficient services and increased noise and traffic. The workers say there is a lack of incentives for businesses to recycle, with commercial recycling at just 24 percent.

Angela Tovar of the Sustainable South Bronx group, speaking at the rally, was reported as saying: “Because of the inefficiencies of the system, not only do we see the overburden of waste facilities… we see traffic on local streets.”

Desk-side Recycling Can Make A Difference

A six-month study conducted in the US on behalf of Keep America Beautiful has revealed that providing workers with desk-side waste and recycling bins can increase recycling by as much as 20 percent in offices.

Speaking about the “Little Trash” scheme, Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, said: “Our research clearly shows that by combining specific sized trash and recycling receptacles with simple signage and messaging, businesses and other organizations can increase employee participation and improve their rate of recycling of office generated materials”.

Planning Request For Cork-Based EfW Plant

Stream BioEnergy is to submit a planning application with Cork County Council for the development of a €25m, 90,000 tonnes per annum energy from waste plant. The company reports that the vast majority of the waste food it will process will come from households, restaurants and hotels, but it also plans to accept some byproduct organic waste from the food and beverage processing industries. Construction is hoped to begin in autumn 2016 and be completed by the end of 2017.

Indian Sanitation Workers To Share In Recycling Profits

The local authorities in Garhwal, India, have announced that the local sanitation workers are to benefit from a 40 percent share of any profits made from the sale of recyclable materials.

“The purpose is to make the person standing at the bottom-most of garbage collection chain feel encouraged so that the overall waste collection, segregation (into dry, mixed and bio-degradable waste) and disposal increases significantly,” said additional commissioner Garhwal division Harak Singh Rawat.


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