West Yorkshire salon manager fined £2,000 for not holding a business waste contract
A West Yorkshire hairdresser has been fined in Leeds Magistrates’ Court for waste offences, including the illegal disposing of business waste and forging a receipt for waste disposal.
Carl Deacey, manager at Arena Hair Studio, situated in Wetherby, was not in possession of a business waste contract when he was contacted by Leeds City Council environmental officers in August last year.
The council officers had received complaints from the public that the hairdressing salon was using town centre public waste bins to dispose of its commercial waste.
Therefore, environmental officers handed Mr Deacey a legal notice demanding him to prove, with paper documentation, that his business had a valid waste management contract with a certified waste operator.
The hairdresser supplied the council officers with a waste disposal receipt, however, following an investigation, it was found that Mr Deacey had paid a waste contractor to forge a fake receipt. It emerged that Arena Hair Studio had not been in possession of a waste contract since it was established 35 years ago.
Mr Deacey appeared in Leeds Magistrates’ Court and was fined £2,000 under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 after pleading guilty to the waste offences.
Judging magistrates said that forging the documentation was a serious offence and disposing of business waste in council public bins was potentially harmful to the public’s health.
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The recycling project is designed to educate and encourage children to recycle
An electrical and electronic waste company based in Lancashire has initiated a recycling project amongst primary school children across the country, as they work together to author a WEEE recycling manual designed to educate young people on the importance of recycling their electronics.
The handbook, titled ‘Responsible Recycling’, has been passed from primary school to primary school across the UK and follows the adventures of R3PIC, a robot made up of recycled electronics, and the mascot of REPIC Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, the Bury-based company behind the project.
Year 3 and 4 pupils from each school have the opportunity to write a chapter each, detailing the imaginative recycling adventures of R3PIC. The story is now being completed by pupils in Bradford and Solihull before it goes off to be produced into an illustrated edition later this year.
As part of the ‘Responsible Recycling’ project, Bury Council’s recycling awareness officer, Talat Afzal, visited the schools involved to speak to the children about recycling and how it is an essential process to help save our environment.
WEEE waste firm, REPIC, launched the project in an effort to educate young people as they are now surrounded by an increasing amount of electronic equipment and gadgets.
Dr Philip Morton, chief executive of REPIC, told BuryTimes.co.uk: “The main aim of the campaign is to educate children on recycling issues from a young age. Children are the ambassadors of the future for recycling and are key in spreading the message to parents and carers.”
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The Committee has called for changes to be made to the Waste Framework Directive
Changes to the Waste Framework Directive have been recommended by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, which wants to increase the municipal recycling rate to 70% by the year 2030.
This new figure has increased by 5% over last years proposed package figure of 65%.
The Environment Committee is calling for tougher requirements for separate recyclable collections, which concern items that are placed in our blue bins.
Rapporteur MEP Simona Bonafè is responsible for the new proposals. She has also suggested a ban on incinerating waste that is collected separately and has set a recycling target of 65% for organic waste by 2025.
Other final targets have also been suggested by the Environment Committee; 70% by 2025 for packaging recycling, increasing to 80% by 2030. A target of 25% by 2025 has also been proposed for the reduction of landfill.
It is now up to the MEPs to decide whether they will accept the new proposals.
The new changes to the Commission’s original proposals have been welcomed by the Resource Association, who say that they are a crucial and valuable contribution to the discussion.
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Plastic recycling plant receives a skip of rotting food by mistake
A suburb of Rochdale has been invaded by a swarm of flies after a plastic recycling plant received a skip of rotting food by mistake.
Homes in the district of Smallbridge have been over-run with hundreds of flies, after a skip of rotting food waste was sent to the plastic recycling company ABC Recycling Ltd, on Dye House Lane.
The infestation even forced a local pub, The Greengate Hotel, on Halifax Road, to stop saving meals, when a swarm of over 200 flies invaded their kitchen. The closure caused the pub to lose £800 in takings.
One resident, Andrea Walton, who lives on Ashbrook Crescent, said that she had ‘hundreds’ of flies in her home.
Andrea said: “It’s bad. There are hundreds of flies in my house, circling around my back door and on the windows. I have to put a piece of paper over my hot and cold drinks as I end up with a few dead in it.”
Staff from the Environment Agency have had to make regular visits to the plastic recycling centre and pesticides have been sprayed at the site to deal with the incident. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the centre until the problem has been fully resolved.
A spokesperson from the Environment Agency said: “ABC Recycling hold an exemption to store and treat plastic waste.”
The manager of ABC Recycling Ltd, Mr Habib Ihsan, confirmed that the site did mistakenly receive one skip of rotting food waste and that it was put into landfill. He went on to say that the mistake was being dealt with and that they are working closely with the Environment Agency.
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Former shop owner fined £1.3k for fly-tipping business waste, including raw meat
A woman from the Northamptonshire town of Wellingborough has been fined over £1,000 after council environmental officers connected her to a pile of fly-tipped business waste which had been dumped on farmland.
The fly-tipped waste had been reported to East Northamptonshire Council by a passerby in August 2015. The council officers attended the scene in Mill Road, Woodford, and discovered a significant amount of rubbish, which contained black refuse bags full of cooked meat and even raw meat.
The environmental officers also found cardboard and used plastic food bags dumped on the farmland.
The council began an investigation and were able to trace the pile of commercial waste back to former shop owner, Natalia Szweda, who appeared as an individual in Northampton Magistrates Court on 26 April 2016 and pleaded guilty to charges.
Ms Szweda’s business had been dissolved since the waste had been fly-tipped and therefore no prosecution could be brought against the business itself. Ms Szweda was fined £150 for the clear up, £390.67 for council officer costs, £700 for prosecution costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.
In addition to these fines, the defendant was given a six week curfew between 6pm and 6am and ordered to carry out 12-months community service work.
The waste services manager at East Northamptonshire Council, Charlotte Tompkins, said: “We have a zero tolerance policy on any matters of environmental crime and our waste team do all they can to prosecute those who fly-tip in our district.”
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A Leeds homeowner and a tradesman have been fined for fly-tipping in Leeds
Two individuals have been prosecuted in Leeds Magistrates’ Court after they were connected to two separate incidents of fly-tipping on the streets of Leeds.
The first culprit, Florentina Daniela Ciurar, of Hunslet, dumped household renovation waste on Woodview Street, directly in front of her renovation project. Environmental officers from Leeds City Council chose to prosecute the woman because the waste was endangering the public as it was spilling over onto the road.
Leeds City Council organised the removal of the waste, which included used carpet, old furniture and miscellaneous household items. She was fined £250, and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a £25 victim surcharge.
A ‘man and a van’ business owner was also prosecuted in Leeds Magistrates’ Court after dumping waste at a retail park in Hunslet. David Horsefield, of Belle Isle, had collected household waste from a customer but had disposed of it illegally rather than paying for its disposal. Leeds City Council officers were able to connect the offender’s van to the fly-tipping crime.
Mr Horsefield claimed that someone else had been using his van when the waste had been fly-tipped, but this could not be proved in court. He was fined £250 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a £25 victim surcharge.
Councillor Mark Dobson, from Leeds City Council, commented: “While we prefer to work with residents and businesses to educate and encourage people on proper ways to dispose of rubbish, there are times when we have to take immediate legal action and clean up to protect communities.”
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US tech firm recovered almost $40m worth of gold from old products last year
Apple’s annual Environmental Responsibility Report reveals that the US tech giant raked in millions of extra revenue last year as a result of product recycling at its California base.
During Apple’s latest media event, it announced a big push in the recycling direction, with the launch of its clever disassembling robot, Liam, which can take an iPhone 6 apart in 11 seconds. The US firm recognises the importance of manufacturer responsibility and the benefits of a circular economy business model.
In typical fashion, Apple has began its recycling efforts in style. The firm’s innovative recycling robots have been hard at work throughout the previous year and have recovered millions of dollars worth of valuable materials from Apple products that have been returned under the company’s Renew take-back programme.
The company’s annual Environmental Responsibility Report shows that Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold in 2015. According to BusinessInsider.com, in the current market this amount of gold is worth $39,502,000. Apple is recycling millions of iPhones and computers each year; FairPhone claims that each iPhone contains 30mg of gold.
In total, Apple recovered an impressive 61,357,800 pounds of valuable materials in 2015. The clever robots also extracted 2,953,360 pounds of copper; 4,518,200 pounds of aluminium; 39,672 pounds of nickel; and 6612 pounds of silver.
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The WEEE collection target has been increased by 16,000 tonnes for 2016
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has increased its 2016 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collection targets following the release of collection data for 2015, which suggested that the initial target was not ambitious enough.
The initial WEEE collection target for 2016 set by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was 528,687 tonnes. The data for WEEE evidence published by compliance schemes originally suggested that 512,000 tonnes of WEEE had been collected in 2015.
The Department for Business set the initial target based on the annual average growth of WEEE collection since 2011. However, the figures from the Environmental Agency for complete tonnage of WEEE collected in 2015 show that some WEEE collections had not been accounted for in the original figure.
The new data shows that more than 521,000 tonnes of WEEE was collected by compliance schemes last year. Large household appliances and cooling appliances made up the largest percentage of WEEE collected in England and Wales in 2015, at more than 290,000 tonnes.
As a consequence of this, the Department for Business has increased 2016’s target to 544,341 tonnes. Compared to the initial 2016 target, the new figure for this year has increased by 16,000 tonnes, however, it is a long way off meeting the EU’s target of 730,000 tonnes.
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A food manufacturer in Glasgow has been fined for flouting business packaging regulations
A food manufacturer based in Glasgow has been prosecuted by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for failing in its responsibility to recover and recycle waste packaging.
Walter Black Foods of Drumhead Road, Cambuslang Investment Park, were investigated by SEPA in October 2013 when the agency saw that the food manufacturer had ended its member contract with its Producer Responsibility Obligations compliance scheme.
Under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packing Waste) Regulation 2007, manufacturers of products that require packaging are required to register as a product producer with SEPA. The producer will then be given recycling obligations which it can choose to fulfil independently or it can join a compliance scheme.
All manufacturers and compliance schemes are required to record their packaging recovery and recycling rates and submit it on demand to SEPA. The Producer Responsibility Regulations are designed to reduce waste packaging being sent to landfill.
SEPA sent multiple warning letters to Walter Black Foods, informing the firm of its registration requirements, but the letters went ignored.
The case was sent to the Procurator Fiscal and Walter Black Foods was obliged to appear in court. The firm pleaded guilty to failing to register in accordance with Producer Responsibility Regulations; failing to supply a certificate of compliance; and therefore failing to recover and recycle its packaging.
The food company was handed a £8,600 fine and was required to pay £28,538 as part of a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
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Tattoo parlour owner fined in court for fly-tipping controlled waste near his home
A Mansfield business owner has appeared in Mansfield Magistrates’ Court after council officers connected him to the illegal dumping of controlled waste.
The fly-tipped rubbish was found by a Mansfield District Council Neighbourhood Warden in August last year in Hermitage Lane, Mansfield. The waste had been dumped behind the premises of GS Prince and was made up of controlled waste materials.
The council warden carried out an investigation following the find and was able to trace the fly-tipped rubbish back to the owner of Black Anchor Tattoo, Premyslaw Mazurek, 40, who lives close to Hermitage Lane.
Mr Mazurek admitted to illegally disposing of the commercial waste and also to operating a business without holding a waste disposal contract.
The business owner was prosecuted by Mansfield District Council under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and appeared in Mansfield Magistrates’ Court in March, were he pleaded guilty to the offence.
He was ordered by magistrates to pay a fine of £600, costs of £285, community safety costs of £163.43 and a £60 victim surcharge.
Public Protection Councillor Mick Barton took the opportunity to warn business owners that they are required to possess a business waste contract with a licensed company. He added: “Anyone found without a contract in place is likely to face a prosecution.”
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