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News round-up 11/6

Viridor opens Ardley ERF; Biogen celebrates decade; Crews tackle recycling centre blaze; Thumbs up for waste club; Pink RDF bale covers

Viridor opens Ardley ERF

Viridor has opened its energy recovery facility (ERF) in Ardley, Oxfordshire.

The company posted on twitter: “We’re excited to be hosting honoured guests at the opening of our #ArdleyERF in #Oxfordshire today” along with a picture of the site (above).

The building is on the site of a former landfill site.

Biogen celebrates decade in food waste business

Food waste recycling company Biogen is celebrating ten years in the anaerobic digestion industry.

Around 180,000 tonnes of food waste from supermarkets, restaurants, manufacturers and households is currently processed annually across the firm’s five plants.

Two further plants are due to come on stream this summer, meaning that figure will increase to 250,000 tonnes each year.

Biogen was established in 2005 with investment from founders Bedfordia Group and only three employees.

Press release

Crews tackle recycling centre blaze

Fire crews were damping down after spending the night tackling a blaze at a Denbighshire recycling centre.

North Wales Fire and Rescue teams were called to the Spencer Trading Estate in Denbigh on Wednesday evening.

The fire service said 75 bales of recycling material were alight when they arrived.

An investigation into the cause of the fire was underway.

BBC News

Thumbs up for Green Waste Club

Members of Biffa’s Green Waste Club have given the garden waste collection scheme an ‘overwhelming’ vote of approval in a survey.

The six clubs have a total membership of nearly 47,000, operate in the council districts of Arun, Tandridge, East Northamptonshire, Melton, Portsmouth and Surrey Heath.

Members indicated that over 95% said they were satisfied with the scheme and the reliability of its fortnightly service. Over nine out of 10 also felt it delivered value-for-money.

Manager Lucy Stephens said: “The club provides a valued service for many thousands of local residents in six local authority areas, so it’s important that we understand how they feel about it.”

Press release

Pink RDF bale covers to tackle breast cancer

A waste management company is wrapping bales of refuse-derived fuel in pink plastic (below) to support breast cancer charities.

Northern Ireland-based firm ISL will make a cash donation to the Pink Ladies Cancer Support Group and Macmillan Cancer Support for every bale processed.

The company will cover every 100th bale in the vivid colour as it aims to reach a target donation of £10,000. 

Staff will also undertake a range of fundraising projects throughout the year.

Press release

Breast cancer

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