October 29th, 2013

Things that go bump in the bin?

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By Joe Hudson

 
This Halloween, scores of children will once again drag their parents out into the chilly October air to spook their obliging neighbours into handing over sugary treats. Costumes, sweets and decorations are all considered necessities for this single evening of enforced spookiness – and then typically end up in the bin. For a green-minded parent (or child), are there ways to avoid being haunted by horrible waste without making Halloween a ghastly chore?

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October 4th, 2013

Arson about?

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by Joe Hudson and James Fulford

 

It seems as though the waste and recycling press has been full of stories about fires at recycling facilities this summer. Some have been big enough even to make national news. Earlier in August, 60 firefighters were called in to battle a blaze involving piles of segregated packaging waste materials in Wolverhampton. The next day, fire struck a site in Birmingham and that engulfed 500 tonnes of paper and plastics destined for recycling. These are not standalone cases: there have been similar inflammatory incidents this summer in Burnley, Leeds and Worksop. A site in Kidderminster has had two large fires in the last year. MRW has researched the issue and mapped 59 recycling fires that took place in 2012, although insurers have indicated that the true number is rather higher.

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