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News round-up 1/10

Smurfit Kappa management change; Apprentice rate rises; Potato AD plant opens; Hull waste firm offers to clear fly-tip

Smurfit Kappa management change

Paper manufacturing firm Smurfit Kappa has announced a new management structure for its European operations, led by Roberto Villaquiran (pictured).

Villaquiran, currently chief executive of Corrugated Europe, has overall responsibility for the existing European paper and corrugated divisions.

Reporting to Villaquiran will be two new chief operations officers, Laurent Sellier and Saverio Mayer.

Press release

Apprentice rate rises

The apprentice rate of the national minimum wage has been increased by 57p to £3.30, while the rate for adult workers has risen by 20p to £6.70 per hour.

The rate for 18 to 20-year-olds has increased by 17p to £5.30 per hour and the rate for 16 to 17-year-olds has risen by 8p to £3.87 per hour.

Press release

Potato AD plant opens

The world’s first potato powered anaerobic digestion facility has opened and will produce 3,500 MWh/year in electricity and generate around 5,000 MWh/year in steam to help power 2 Sisters’  Carlisle food processing plant.

The company runs large-scale chicken farms and owns a number of famous brands including Fox’s Biscuits.

As reported by MRW, H2 Energy signed a contract with 2 Sisters in 2014 to will design, manufacture, build and operate what it calls ‘bio-refineries’ at 43 sites.

Press release

Hull waste firm offers to clear fly-tip

Hull waste management firm, Lili Waste, has pledged to “spruce up the city” after bouts of fly-tipping.

Recent local news reports highlighted residents’ complaints about the amount of waste dumped in their streets.

Matt Miles, Lili Waste’s managing director, said the company would clean up the area as a goodwill gesture

Hull Daily Mail

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