The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has indicated there are no apparent connections between the working conditions at a waste site in Milton Keynes and the deaths of two RCV drivers who had tested positive for Covid-19.
The refuse workers, employed by Serco on their contract for Milton Keynes council, were both drivers but worked on separate teams. Serco has been Milton Keynes’ waste collection partner since 2009.
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) released a Recycling Roadmap on 12th January, which highlights what the UK needs to achieve if it is to drastically reduce its reliance on plastic waste and reduce plastic going to landfill to 1% by 2030. The report also brings together all currently available data on plastic recycling.
The key points are:
Veolia has introduced a treatment service for the potentially contaminated waste generated by Covid-19 tests.
The waste produced from testing kits is classified as offensive waste (EWC 180104) and non-hazardous chemical waste (EWC 180107). This means it needs to be stored separately from all other waste, and can only be treated at facilities permitted to take it.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England (Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have individual lockdown measures - click on the links for the latest info).
APSE, the Association for Public Service Excellence, has announced that the winner of the Best Service Team for the delivery of a Waste Management and Recycling Service is East Riding of Yorkshire Council with the council also taking the top prize as Overall Council of the Year.
The annual awards celebrate outstanding achievement and innovation within local government service delivery.