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News round-up 11/3

Recycling fire ‘deliberate’; accident investigation; Viridor EfW switches on; former Sims chief’s new venture; US waste declines

Recycling plant fire was ‘deliberate act’

A ‘significant’ fire at a wood recycling plant and scrapyard is being treated as suspicious, the fire service has said.

Firefighters were called to a recycling facility in Bloomfield Road, Tipton, on 9 March.

West Midlands Fire Service said two fire engines remained at the scene damping down.

Incident commander Andy Morgan said the fire appeared to have been started deliberately. “We’ve had our fire investigation team here for most of the day looking through what happened. It is suspicious,” he said.

Recycling plant closed as bosses probe accident

A man who suffered ‘horrific’ injuries when his arm was trapped in a machine is now able to sit up in his hospital bed.

The 19-year-old’s arm was crushed in a moving conveyor at the premises of Spotmix Recycling in Bootle yesterday.

He was airlifted to hospital by air ambulance after emergency crews were called to the family-run recycling plant in Acorn Way.

The plant was closed off while an investigation was launched. The Health and Safety Executive and the police were called in.

Viridor EfW plant switches on

An energy-from-waste plant in Manchester has started generating electricity.

The Runcorn plant will treat up to 850,000 tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF) each year once a second phase of the site is finished.

Waste management firm Viridor which owns the project said it will generate up to 70MW of electricity and up to 51 MW of heat.

Former Sims European chief executive starts WEEE recycling company

The former chief executive of Sims Europe and Sims Recycling Solutions Graham Davy has formed a new WEEE recycling company.

Intelligent Lifecycle Solutions (ILS) has been created along with former Sims Group European operations director Andrew Morgan and former Sims Lifecycle Services director Jon Godfrey.

Their new company began trading last year and will provide reuse, recycling and recovery services for electrical and technical equipment.

Davy abruptly left Sims Metal Management in March last year.

Decline in US waste generation

Americans are disposing of less waste—about 4.38 pounds of waste per person per day—continuing a decline that began in 2000, according to the National Waste & Recycling Association.

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