Tag: waste

At long last kerbside cardboard recycling is to return to South Shropshire. Hurrah!

I am pleased that kerbside collection of cardboard for recycling is coming back to South Shropshire in December. This is long overdue. We have had to endure five years without kerbside collection. Cardboard is a vital resource and we should not be burning it in the Battlefield incinerator. When we resume household collection, we should also see a reduction in fly-tipping. We probably have more household cardboard waste than ever because we rely so much on online services delivered by the Royal Mail or couriers. The first carboard collection in South Shropshire will be on the first recycling collection day on or after 5 December.

It’s all getting grumpy out there about Ludlow Skip Hire. At my request, the Environment Agency provided a statement yesterday about rats. In summary, the EA says rats are not coming from the waste site. Last Friday night, just as I popped into the Church Inn for a pint, I found a message on my voicemail. It was someone called Michael from Kidwells press group who do marketing, campaigning, blogging, tweeting “blah, blah, blah” . I’ve never heard of Kidwells press group. I didn’t call back. I don’t take sales calls. I simply don’t need any help blogging, tweeting or getting in the press. And anyone promoting communication who uses the word ‘blah’ doesn’t understand writing. There were four more calls but my mobile is usually set to silent as I spend much of my day and evening in committees or other events. I had one more voicemail but no information on what the caller’s concern was, just a first name and a mobile number. Today I received an email from the managing director of Kidwells Law Solicitors Ltd (not “press group” as on the first phone message). This said: I have telephoned you many times over the last week…

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I’ve had a number of enquiries about whether anything can be done about the junk mail that comes through most of out letterboxes. The answer is yes! Just fill out the form below and post it off to the Royal Mail address given. In my experience, this service works except when my usual postie is on holiday. Opt Out Application Update I have started receiving junk mail again! When I challenged Royal Mail they said: “Please note that door to door opt outs only last for 2 years and if you do not renew within the two years, then you will start to receive unaddressed mail.” I said the Royal Mail should issue reminders but they have not responded to that suggestion. Junk mail, spam and cold calling The House of Commons Library has produced a useful note on how to stop junk mail, emails (spam) and telephone cold-calling.

The Environment Agency has given a waste company extra time to clear a waste pile in Ludlow but warns of smells over the next couple of weeks. Ludlow Skip Hire inherited a huge pile of waste when it purchased the site earlier in the year.  As the weather got hotter up, the rubbish pile began to stink. People were also getting worried about the fire risk. Councillor Vivienne Parry and myself asked Shropshire Council to contact the Environment Agency to get the problem dealt with. The agency gave the skip hire company five weeks to clear several hundred tonnes of waste on the site, which is only licenced for storing 66 tonnes of waste. The company hasn’t quite made the deadline. It has moved around 500 tonnes of waste wood, soil, and mixed waste. But there is a lot of mixed waste, including domestic waste, remaining. The Environment Agency has now given the company a two week extension to get the waste down to permitted levels. Waste pile 22 June 2014 The problem is that some of this waste has been around for a long time and it stinks. I am sorry for the residents of Temeside and of St…

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It’s rubbish and it’s piled high in Ludlow

A huge pile of rubbish in the centre of Ludlow is to be cleared after councillors asked the Environment Agency to take action. Ludlow Skip Hire Ltd recently took over the waste transfer site on Temeside. The site is only licenced for storing 66 tonnes of waste but it has many times that volume at present. Neighbours have complained about the unsightly mess and smell, and they are worried the pile will attract rats. After Viv Parry and I contacted Shropshire Council officers, the Environment Agency was called in. Alison Pearson, Shropshire & Herefordshire Environment Officer for the EA inspected the site last Friday, 9 May. She found that the site is “not in compliance with its environmental permit.” The site operators assured her that the waste pile is a temporary problem. Alison agreed with the operators that she will receive a weekly update on reduction in the waste pile. If the stockpile is not substantially reduced by 20 June, the EA will serve a notice to suspend the operator’s permit, which will stop more waste entering the site. Viv Parry, Shropshire Council for Ludlow South has had several reports about the stink from the site annoying people who live…

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