A professional waste remover who was dumping other people’s rubbish in sites across two counties has been jailed for two years and banned from driving. Robbie Frank Johnston, of Windmill Close, Barkway, Royston, was licenced to safely dispose of builders’ waste, but instead dumped it at picnic areas and bridleways in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. At Cambridge Crown Court on February 26 he pleaded guilty to 13 fly-tipping offences, and was sentenced last Friday (April 20). He was also served with a Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from the waste disposal business for five years, and banned from driving for three years after his release from prison. The offences he was prosecuted for took place during 2016 and 2017 and consisted of dumping builders’ waste, carpets, furniture, baths, beds, mattresses, garage doors, and other items of household waste. He was arrested following a joint investigation between South Cambridgeshire and North Hertfordshire District … [Read more...] about This man was jailed for TWO YEARS for fly-tipping builders’ waste
The public has expressed strong reservations about the possibility of Central Beds Council introducing three-weekly black bin collections or a £40 annual garden waste charge. The council’s public consultation ended on Friday, but preliminary results collated a little before the closing date have shown a resistance to the two most controversial ideas that were put forward.About 14,000 survey responses were received and on the issue of switching general waste pick-up from fortnightly to three-weekly, 44% strongly disagreed, 13% disagreed, 6% gave no preference, 21% agreed, and 16% strongly agreed.Regarding the suggested garden waste charge, 41% strongly disagreed, 16% disagreed, 11% gave no preference, 22% agreed, and 10% strongly agreed.The council’s sustainable communities overview & scrutiny committee will discuss the findings on Tuesday morning (April 24), and report their views to the Executive which will meet on May 10 to make a decision on the best way … [Read more...] about Preliminary results show public resistance to three-weekly black bins and garden waste charge in Central Bedfordshire
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency Chemical waste was dumped into a lake basin in Istanbul’s Büyükçekmece district by an unidentified truck early on April 22. The incident was discovered after locals notified authorities of the situation. The Büyükçekmece municipality employees and a group of experts from the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) were dispatched to the Büyükçekmece Lakin Basin area on the Eskice Village road where they took samples of the solid waste and launched an analysis. In their initial findings, the experts determined the dumped waste was “iron sulfate heptahydrate,” used in numerous chemical and industrial applications. Büyükçekmece Mayor Dr. Hasan Akgün also visited the area and received information about the incident from experts. He indicated that the Büyükçekmece Lakin Basin was under threat because of illegally dumped chemicals. “This … [Read more...] about Chemical waste dumped in Istanbul’s Büyükçekmece Lake
Romney Marsh could become the country’s first nuclear waste site.Folkestone & Hythe District Council (FHDC) has asked the Government for more information on its Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).The proposal, to build a radioactive waste site the size of 22 Wembley Stadiums up to 1,000m underground in the UK, is currently out to consultation with councils.Stored in concrete or metal containers for 120 years, the site would be sealed off and left to become safe over thousands of years.And district Cllr David Godfrey, cabinet member for special projects “would feel comfortable” with it on the marsh.He has asked the Government for more details and how communities could engage with the project.“I find it dismissive how people who live with nuclear power on their doorsteps are so opposed to having what appears to be an intrinsically safe method of storage.“Personally I’m quite comfortable with it.“We need some more information on this, it … [Read more...] about Kent to house nuclear waste site?
Unable so far to find takers for the by-products generated at the municipal waste treatment plant at Pentakomo, the government has resorted to a temporary fix, allowing the by-products to be buried in a basin near the facility. The irony is that the whole purpose of building a mechanical biological treatment plant, like the one in Pentakomo, was to end the practice of burying solid waste. Pentakomo’s plant – operated by a partnership of Medcon and db Technologies – serves the entire Limassol district, which previously disposed of its municipal waste at a landfill in Vati. The facility is currently generating a waste treatment by-product that is a mix of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) with Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF). SRF is essentially mud that has been dried, while RDF – also in solid form – consists mostly of processed plastic bags and fabrics. The mixture is currently being stored/buried in a nearby basin since the facility began operating in November … [Read more...] about Saddled with waste from new plant