Television recycling contracts; Baby food pouch recycling; Rare-earth elements processed; Cumbria launches waste strategy
Television recyclers wins two contracts
A York-based WEEE recycling company has won new contracts to recycle almost 1,500 tonnes of unwanted televisions each year from across the UK.
The Electrical Recycling Company (ERC) has been awarded two contracts from producer compliance schemes (PCS), which is responsible for ensuring local authorities comply with regulations relating to the disposal and recycling of electrical waste.
The first of these contracts, with Valpak, will mean ERC handling 1,000 tonnes of televisions disposed of at household waste recycling centres in Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and Northumberland.
Baby food pouch recycling scheme
Organic baby food manufacturer Ella’s Kitchen is aiming to increase the recycling rate for its products through the launch of EllaCycle, a new scheme with pouch collection points in public areas such as nurseries and shops.
The pouches are returned to TerraCycle, a partner of the firm, for processing into other products such as benches and watering cans.
Parents who support the scheme can choose charity or nursery will receive 2p for every pouch collected.
New recycling process for rare-earth elements
A new process for recycling metals from discarded fluorescent and energy saving lamps has been developed by KU Leuven Chemists.
The Dutch company has developed an ionic liquid that will releases the metals europium and yttrium to be reused in new lamps.
The metals are classed as rare-earth elements because they are difficult to mine and purify. The majority of the operational mines are located in China.
Cumbria sets out waste strategy
A roadmap for the way waste is dealt with in Cumbria for the next 15 years has gone out to public consultation.
Cumbria’s Minerals and Waste Local Plan assesses the county’s waste and mineral needs in the light of climate change and the need to deliver economic growth while protecting communities and the natural environment.
Cllr John McCreesh, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This is a detailed planning document with a set of statutory consultees who will all be contacted directly, but we also want to give the opportunity to the wider public to have their say.
“The plan will be a key factor in shaping the way Cumbria grows its economy through new developments and makes the most of its natural reserves of minerals.”