Sheffield students feed 1000 with surplus food

Students in Sheffield have taken a stand against food waste by cooking a stew to feed over 1000 people using surplus food stocks.

The huge stew was made up of in-date food which would otherwise have been thrown out as part of a project to highlight food poverty and food waste across Sheffield.

SheffieldStudents worked to prepare the meal in college and university kitchens in Sheffield, with the food served free at Sheffield City College, The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University yesterday (5 November).

Speaking about the project, Jack Wyse, Development Officer at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union said: “The Big Stew highlights how students can get involved with local projects.”

The project was organised by Sheffield On A Plate, a partnership involving the city’s two universities, Sheffield City College, FareShare Yorkshire and Grow Sheffield.

Ingredients for the stew were provided by Fareshare Yorkshire.

Glasgow 2014 smashes waste management target

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games exceeded its waste management target by diverting 86% of its waste from landfill, according to a report by Zero Waste Scotland.

The Commonwealth Games had committed itself to diverting 80% of waste away from landfill sites as part of a ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ policy.

GlasgowFindings of the report by Zero Waste Scotland show that 56% of this diverted waste was recycled with 60 tonnes of food waste also diverted from landfill during the games.

These impressive statistics were achieved by separating waste from the games into 12 different streams with volunteers, ‘Recycling Ambassadors’, also working to encourage visitors to take advantage of recycling bins on site.

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games is now the first ever Commonwealth Games to secure Event Management Standard ISO 20121, the international standard for sustainable event management.

It is also the first major sporting event this year to secure the international standard

Speaking on the success of the games’ waste management and recycling strategies, Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“I was struck by the very visible effort that had been made to separate materials for recycling, including food waste and compostable packaging, which was genuinely innovative for an event of this scale.

“These achievements are testimony to the efforts made both by the organisers, volunteers, athletes and spectators to make a difference.”

Big Green News: Leeds fly-tippers fined thousands

Four Leeds fly-tippers have been hit with fines and legal costs of over £3500 for dumping rubbish in their gardens.

The four offenders were taken to court by Leeds City Council and prosecuted following their failure to remove the garbage following legal orders.

Hayley Kitson, 24, of Manor Farm Drive, Middleton, was fined £675, ordered to pay £400 in legal costs and was issued with a £40 victim surcharge after it was found the large amount of dog dirt that has built up in her garden constituted a public health risk.

Example of Fly Tipping in Leeds

Kitson was also guilty of ditching furniture and rubbish bags in her garden.

Shaida Misri, 32, of Atha Street, Beeston, was found guilty of leaving waste from building work in her garden. She was fined £400 ordered to a £40 surcharge and incurred legal costs of £481.77.

Julie Thompson, of Brompton Row Beeston, was fined £200, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and incurred legal costs of over £400 after dumping garbage in her garden while at a previous address.

Andrea Dutton, of Tempest Road, Beeston. was also given a £400 fine for leaving waste in her yard. She was ordered to pay £548.50 in costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

Speaking about the penalties imposed, Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for communities, said:

“These residents have displayed a real disregard for their neighbours and communities by failing to sort out their rubbish or letting their pets wander.

“Waste left to accumulate like this is not just unsightly – it can become a magnet for pests and can encourage fly tipping while dogs straying and fouling is simply unacceptable.”

200 tonnes of illegal waste dumped at Edinburgh farm

An abandoned Edinburgh farm housing 200 tonnes of illegal waste disguised as packaged silage has been discovered

The huge volumes of waste were discovered in outbuildings at Meadowfield Farm and would have cost over 60,000 to dispose of legally. Authorities believe this is the first crime of its type to have occurred in Scotland.

Waste dumped at Edinburgh farm

Authorities believe that the this act of industrial-scale fly-tipping may have taken place at the farm during the Commonwealth Games.

Included within the waste was a huge range of materials, including over 600 bundles of building rubble, paper and cloth.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency believe that those responsible used lorries to transport the waste to the farm and would have needed a forklift truck to stack the waste.

Speaking about the crime Calum MacDonald, Sepa’s executive director, said:

“This is a very significant number of bales that are full of waste that have been brought to the farm illicitly and deposited without the knowledge of the owner of the property.

“When intact, the bales have the exact same appearance as an agricultural silage bale and this may be why this wasn’t noticed when the waste was deposited at the site.”

An investigation spearheaded by SEPA is now underway as part of a crackdown on fly-tipping across the whole of Scotland.

West-London residents outcry over fly-tipping

Homeowners on in the area surrounding High Road, Chiswick have condemned fly-tippers  leaving piles of rubbish littering the streets.

Cardboard boxes, bin bags and old furniture are among the items which residents say have been left blighting the area.

Photo of West LondonThe London Borough of Hounslow has been the subject of criticism by many of those affected by the fly-tipping, with some claiming that the council is incapable of keeping the streets clean.

Writing on local blog, Carl Wynne said: “Hounslow council clearly do not bother to impose any form of code of conduct around retail premises and private refuse collection companies, nor prosecute domestic refuse dumpers.”

Speaking about the issue of fly-tipping in the area, Leader of Hounslow Council Steve Curran said that people living in Chiswick were quite right to complain and that he shared their disgust.

He went on to try and reassure those affected and said “We will be improving collection services and issuing more fines to those who persistently litter.”

Council statistics show that has 11 fines have been issued across Chiswick High Road and Turnham Green Terrace in the last two weeks alone.

243 environment-related Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued by the council this year.

Birmingham ‘garden tax’ leads to more fly tipping

A Birmingham Labour MP has called for the council to scrap the controversial ‘garden tax’ claiming it lacks support and credibility.

Richard Burden, MP for Birmingham Northfield is the first senior Labour politician to come out against the council policy which was introduced by the Labour-led council earlier this year.

Following the introduction of the so called ‘garden tax’, there have been reports of widespread fly-tipping across the area.

Birmingham MP - Garden Tax calls for cutsHomeowners has previously has access to free-for-all grass cutting collection services, but this was removed as part of council cost-cutting measures

In its place, an optional service including a charge of £35 a year was introduced, a move which the council claim saves £2.5 million a year.

Speaking against the ‘garden tax’ policy, Mr Burden said: “No local charging system can work properly if it is not seen to have credibility. Unpopular or not, it needs to command public consent.

Whether because of problems with the organisation of its introduction, the expansion of fly-tipping or congestion at recycling centre, the fact is that in Birmingham green waste charges have not been able to command the public consent achieved in other areas to date.

“I therefore believe the council must change course and my recommendation is that the charge be dropped.”

A city council scrutiny committee is currently conducting an inquiry into the green waste charges but is to improve the service rather than remove the £35 charge

Speaking about the introduction of the paid-for services Cllr Lisa Trickett, cabinet member for a green, smart and sustainable city, said that she had sympathy with Richard Burden and she would work with him to look at alternative solutions.

However Cllr Tricket went on to say: we cannot escape the fact the universal free service was unfair to those without gardens and financially unsustainable as a result of central government cuts imposed upon Birmingham.