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News round-up 1/11

Halloween warning; zero waste landfill; Nampak wins; recyclable MDF

Halloween waste warning

Up to 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins will be thrown out by the end of 31 October, according to BusinessWaste.co.uk.

Households in the UK, not sure what to do with their pumpkins after the trick-or-treaters are gone, are most likely to put them out with the rubbish, says the waste management company.

Business says zero waste to landfill is possible

Wessex Water’s waste-to-energy business GENeco said it is now ‘self-sufficient’ from an energy perspective. Energy generated from sewage at the plant doubled from 26GWh to 52GWh – the equivalent of powering 15,000 homes.

Last year GENeco developed the first co-located food-waste recycling plant to be built at a sewage-treatment works. Mohammed Saddiq, general manager of GENeco, said the plant had treated and recycled more than 22,000 tonnes of inedible food waste, saving it from landfill.

Nampak wins Green Product of the Year

Nampak Plastics, UK producer of plastic milk bottles, was awarded the Green Product of the Year for its Infini bottle at the British Engineering Excellence Awards.

The Infini bottle was recognised for its green credentials and reduced carbon footprint. It beat five shortlisted competitors, including the Dyson Airblade Tap and Optare’s electronic bus.

Recyclable MDF ‘to reduce landfill’

A new form of biodegradable and recyclable medium density fibreboard (MDF) could dramatically reduce levels of waste associated with furniture, kitchen cabinets and interior fittings.

The new material, developed by Professor Andrew Abbott of Leicester University, is a wood-based product similar to MDF that uses a resin based on starch from completely natural sources, including potatoes.

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