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News round-up 3/11

Ripon Recycling in Dyson deal; Scrap yard fire extinguished; Mitie launches ex-offenders support scheme; Cleantech awards 

Ripon Recycling signs Dyson deal

North Yorkshire-based Ripon Recycling has been awarded a contract to recycle components from end-of-life vacuum cleaners.

The company will take delivery of Dyson machines which are then stripped of parts that can be recycled. The vacuum cleaners are part of Dyson’s trade in program, where customers receive money off a new model when they trade in their existing one.

Ripon Recycling owner Steven Hullah said: “We won the Dyson contract thanks to our expertise with recycling component parts from plasma and LCD televisions. I’m incredibly proud of our achievements to date, and in particular knowing that the work we do is helping to reduce the impact on the environment.”

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Scrap yard fire extinguished

Firefighters in Essex were called out to tackle a blaze that started at Total Waste Management in Basildon on 2 November.

Three crews used a claw digger, which was already on-site, to break up the pile of scrap and gain better access to the fire.

The blaze was put out in just under two hours, but the Police had to close a section of the neighbouring A127 because of the smoke coming from the fire.

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Mitie launches ex-offenders support scheme

Outsourcing and commercial waste management company Mitie has joined forces with Mosiac, the Prince of Wales’ mentoring charity, to launch a new program to support ex-offenders.

The partnership will provide ex-offenders with transferable skills, experience and mentorship through a series of workshops and training programmes that ultimately lead to a work placement within Mitie.

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, chief executive at Mitie and trustee of the Mitie Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Mosaic’s efforts to help those who wish to turn their back on previous criminal activity to get back in to the workplace and make a positive contribution to society.”

Press Release

Cleantech awards shortlist announced

Plastics recycling company Recycling Technologies is among the businesses shortlisted for the Cleantech Innovate 2015 awards.

The awards will be held in February 2015 and the 36 finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their technologies and compete for a €20,000 cash prize provided by Climate-KIC.

Cleantech Innovate is backed by both Decc and Innovate UK.

Nick Smailes, lead technologist for energy systems at Innovate UK, said: “This year’s finalists are an example of the breadth and potential of the UK’s innovation in the cleantech sector. It’s great to see novel solutions for clean energy generation and water treatment alongside new and exciting ideas for introducing clean technology in our homes and cities.”

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