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In the papers today - July 16th

The Government's strategy for reducing waste in landfill sites has been called 'half-hearted and likely to fail' by a committee of MPs.
Fortnightly rubbish collections are unsuitable for many areas and there is no proof they increase recycling, a report by the all-party communities and local government select committee claims - The Daily Telegraph Thousands of Parisians pedalled into Sunday traffic yesterday after the opening of an ambitious scheme to turn the French capital into the eco-friendly City of Bike. In the hot midday sun, a network of 750 cycle stations went live, releasing 10,600 bicyclettes at very low cost to anyone with a credit card - The Times Developer Canary Wharf Group is planning a huge new speculative building project in its Docklands estate. Chief executive George Iacobescu,said that the company would build a 32,500m2 without a tenant prelet in place The TimesThe Government said yesterday that it wanted to build even more council homes as part of its ambitious housing plans. Yvette Cooper, the housing minister, has called for all new blocks of flats to contain a mix of social housing as well as privately owned apartments - The Daily Telegraph The London-Manchester air route has suffered a dramatic fall in passengers. Manchester Airport confirmed that use of Manchester-London flights had fallen by 10% over the last year - from 2M people to 1.8M since March 2006 - The Guardian Stale sandwiches and squidgy potatoes could be used for fuel in an experimental biomass plant being planned by Infinis, a renewable power company backed by private equity group Terra Firma. Wood and other debris from Hurricane Katrina is also being looked at as a possible source of fuel that could be shipped over and used to power similar facilities being considered by Infinis, which is already supplying electricity for the National Grid using methane gas from 80 landfill sites around the UK - The Guardian

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