ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION ASSISTANCE: Groundwork Plymouth, an environmental service and advice service for businesses in the South West of the UK, has launched three new services for members. Under their working title, Payback, the organisation now offers information on existing legislation and associated issues in the form of plain English fact sheets, a search and send service, and their Environmental Legislation Update Service. The latter is designed for companies with ISO 14001 to keep their register of legislation up to date. Contact Payback on 01752 217733.

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVICE FOR THE NORTH WEST: Groundwork Manchester and Groundwork Salford and Trafford have secured European funding to launch two Business Environment Associations (BEAs). These programmes will offer grant-subsidised environmental advice and assistance to businesses in Manchester, Salford and Trafford. For more information contact David Chapman on 0161 237 5656.

SCOTTISH RECYCLING: The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has launched a programme, Remade, that aims to encourage industry in Scotland to consider the use of secondary materials in manufacture. Two private sector waste management companies – Shanks Waste Solutions and HaulWaste – will be contributing landfill tax credits via an independent organisation, SCORE Environment. Remade aims to recycle 100,000 tonnes of waste, create or retain 150 jobs and stimulate new capital investment of £10 million in Scottish industry. Contact Remade on 0131 474 9200 or www.cosla.gov.uk.

WASTE MINIMISATION: Companies are being offered free advice on packaging waste minimisation. A series of free workshops are being staged across England and Wales to highlight ways in which companies can benefit from reducing packaging use and packaging waste. The workshops have been organised as a joint initiative between the Environment Agency and the Environmental Technology Best Practice Programme (ETBPP). Jon Foreman of the EA, commented: “Not only does this make sound economic sense, but it also has overwhelming benefits for the environment as a whole.” The eight, half day workshops will be held at the following venues: Llanrug, Caernarfon 12 October; Haydock, 14 October; London, 26 October; Leeds, 3 November; Ely, 9 November; Bath, 16 November; Oakham, 19 November; and Crawley, 25 November. More information from John Merne of ETBPP on 01235 432 033.

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