Rubbish Roundup – 19th September 2016


  • An explosion in Manhattan has injured twenty-nine people. The bomb was concealed in a rubbish bin near the train station.
  • Following trials in Fife last year, a number of councils across the UK are set to introduce monthly bin collections. Conwy and Falkirk are amongst the places affected.
  • The Lebanese Environment Minister has been criticised for underplaying the country’s ‘rubbish tip crisis’. He claimed that many abandoned piles of garbage have been transformed into ‘green gardens’, but opponents complain that his initiatives have barely scratched the surface of the problem.
  • A poll by the recycling company, Viridor, found that almost two thirds of Britons don’t understand what they can recycle.
  • Dead porpoises were found dumped at a council rubbish tip in St Erth, Cornwall. They are believed to have been washed up on a local beach during recent storms.
  • Government statistics show that last year there were 900,000 cases of fly-tipping in England. This growing problem is featured on the BBC’s Inside Out programme.
  • Following the death of a seventeen-year-old girl, a bin lorry driver from Melbourne, Australia, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.