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Dutch companies set up giant bread bins to help cities tackle rat scourge

Businesses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam are getting involved in efforts to collect waste bread and turn it into biogas and fertiliser

Once upon a time, you would throw your old bread to the birds. But in the Netherlands, where an excess of crumbs is feeding a growing scourge of rats, people are starting to turn to massive bread bins instead.

Rather than ending up in the street or the dump, collected bread waste is taken to anaerobic digesters and turned into biogas or made into fertiliser.

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Fault in ADT burglar alarm left our rental property unprotected

We discovered the alarm wasn’t working and have no idea how long it’s been out, but ADT isn’t acknowledging the problem

We have an ADT burglar alarm on our house in west London, but recently discovered it wasn’t working and have no idea how long it has been out. It’s a rental property and is between tenancies, so we rely on the alarm for security. Despite a number of phone calls and emails to ADT, the only explanation has come from a call handler who reluctantly told us it was due to an O2 mast failure in the area. Customers don’t necessarily know this, and we imagine that hundreds of homes and commercial premises within range of the mast could be unprotected and have their insurance invalidated.

We are having a frustrating time with this, with no idea when the problem is going to be fixed. We have still had no acknowledgement from ADT regarding the cause of failure, despite persisting with calls and emails. A L-G, West Drayton, London

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Local authorities not up to speed with fast broadband delivery

Eleven areas fail to provide the government’s minimum download proposal of 10Mbps, but speed issues aren’t confined to rural locations, says Which?

It might be home to the Shard skyscraper, City Hall and Tate Modern, but the central London borough of Southwark has been named one of the 20 worst places in the UK for broadband speeds, in a list that stretches from Orkney to Bexhill-on-Sea.

An analysis of 719,000 speed tests by the consumer organisation Which? found that 11 local authority areas didn’t meet the minimum download speed proposed under the government’s so-called universal service obligation (USO), which anyone in the UK would be entitled to request.

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Rohan Silva: we need a union for entrepreneurs

The former adviser to David Cameron and Second Home co-founder on immigration, childcare and the government’s disregard for small business

“When I was in No 10, the business department would routinely say small businesses are inefficient, that we were misguided in encouraging more people to start them. I think that’s a pretty perverse world view,” says Rohan Silva, co-founder of Second Home – a co-working space, with members including creative and tech businesses and charities – and a former policy adviser to David Cameron.

Silva, once the driving force behind east London’s Tech City cluster, gives an often refreshing take on business in his Evening Standard column – a gig that predates its now editor George Osborne, to whom Silva was also once a special adviser. He is no less opinionated, or eloquent, in person. He suggests, for example, that a union for entrepreneurs would combat the government’s disregard for small businesses. “We need to mobilise [...] that collective action that’s won so many rights over the decades needs to be updated for this new economy.”

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