British Airways is one of the partners backing a scheme to produce jet fuel made from biomass compatible with oil-based fuels.
Biomass-to-liquids (BTL) is a process used to convert waste biomass into liquid fuels that can be used in existing engines and infrastructure.
The project known as GreenSky London aims to be Europe’s first commercial scale jet fuel facility. BA plans to use low carbon fuel to power part of its fleet by 2015.
Microchannel Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology developed by the AIM listed Oxford Catalysts Group was chosen for the BTL project. US firm Solena Fuels Corporation set up the project and used Fluor Corporation to advice on its choice of technology.
Solena has now entered into an “understanding” with the Oxford Catalysts Group to supply microchannel Fischer-Tropsch units (used in the BTL process) for similar future projects such as GreenSky California, GreenSky Rome and GreenSky Stockholm.
“Our selection for this project ahead of conventional Fischer-Tropsch technology from larger companies is further evidence of the superiority of our microchannel technology,” says commercial director Oxford Catalysts Group Jeff McDaniel.
BPI helps firms reach food waste reduction targets
On the back of WRAP’s announcement of a voluntary reduction agreement for the hospitality and food service sector, BPI RP has moved quickly to develop a range of products to help support the achievement of the food waste reduction targets.
Bpi.recycled products supports the aims of the HAFS Voluntary Agreement, which is to cut food and associated packaging waste by 5% and boost the overall rate of food and packaging waste being recycled, sent to AD or composted to 70%.
Bpi.recycled products has developed a range of sacks suitable for disposal via both In Vessel Composting (IVC) and Anaerobic Digestion Units (AD), both of which are likely to be play a key role in the eventual disposal of the single source food waste.
Sold under the The Green Sack Compostable brand and carrying BS EN 13432 approvals, the new range covers a variety of sizes and grades to suit different applications and containers. “We condone the new voluntary agreement and are delighted to be at the forefront in supporting this initiative with new innovative waste collection solutions,” says commercial director Gerry McGarry.
Straight wins Dorset waste partnership
Straight manufacturer and supplier of waste and recycling containers has won a three year contract with the Dorset Waste Partnership worth more than £750,000.
Dorset Waste Partnership plans to introduce a kerbside recycling scheme to unify the county’s twelve different recycling collections. The overhaul will apply to all properties in the county excluding Bournemouth and Poole with rollout this October.
Dorset Waste Partnership believes the streamlined scheme will result in significant cost savings.
Under the contract, Straight will manufacture and supply almost 200,000 products. All households will receive a Straight seven litre kitchen caddy and a Straight 23 litre kerbside caddy for the indoor and outdoor collection of food waste.
They will also receive a Straight 55 litre kerbside box for glass bottle and jar collection plus a Straight 44 litre kerbside box for mixed dry recyclables collections and properties unable to store a wheeled bin.
Banking on full support
Cherwell District Council has introduced ten new glass recycling bring sites bringing the total to 88 banks - with almost all collecting separated green, clear and brown glass.
The council also plans to further increase the number of sites to 95 to collect 3,000 tonnes of glass by the end of this financial year in a bid to ensure everyone has somewhere to recycle within a stone’s throw of their home.
Councillor Nigel Morris, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green, said: “We already have a very successful kerbside recycling operation in the district but we can’t collect everything from homes. We’re hoping that if we make it easier for people to reach a recycling bank they will be more inclined to use it.”
All of the glass is colour separated, making it easier to recycle, meaning it can often be back on the shelf just 30 days from its arrival at a recycling bank.
Boughton extends KwikCova range
Boughton’s KwikCova automatic sheeting system for hook-loaders and close-coupled trailers is now also available for skip-loaders.
Boughton Engineering, now part of Skan Group, is one of Britain’s longest established manufacturers of hook-loaders, skip-loaders, close-coupled trailers and bulk waste semi-trailers. It offers a range of waste handling lift applications from 7500kg to 44000kg GVW / GTW. Boughton is the only supplier of original equipment manufacturer Boughton, MacLift and Telehoist parts.
Feature options on hook-loaders include an automatic hook safety pin system and Boughton’s ‘C’ type universal container locking system, which enables the unit to handle variable rail width containers.
Boughton’s MacLift and Telehoist range of skip-loaders offer a range of options including telescopic operating arms, jack arrangements, ram and light guards and access ladders.
MGB Plastics has launched a new bins 180 litre capacity bin. It is of a similar width and height as MGB’s 240 litre bin therefore creating a similar look, which can be reassuring for residents when swapping a larger capacity bin with a smaller bin. MGB has also extended capacity for production of its 240 litre bin, which it launched last year.