Economical food waste separation; Anti-microbial bin; low carbon heat network funding; bring bank reduction
Separating food waste saves restaurant money
Family run Cucina Café Bar and Restaurant introduced a new system to recycle food waste, which reduced their annual waste disposal bill by 50% to £3,500.
The Leeds restaurant has invested in a larger kitchen and extended bar area as a result of budget savings from the overhaul of its waste management plans.
New “anti-microbial” Envirobin
Leafield Environmental has designed an anti-microbial, pedal operated recycling unit, which complies with the health industry’s infection control regulations.
The new SteriBin, which was designed in association with FM provider MITIE, is made with a built-in anti-microbial additive, which provides an effective barrier against the growth of bacteria, moulds and fungi to minimise the spread of infection.
The “anti-microbial” Envirobin is currently being rolled out across the NHS Grampian and the NHS Lothian estates.
Low carbon heat networks funding
The UK District Energy Association (ukDEA) has applauded the recent announcement by DECC that 26 local authorities will benefit from support worth £1.9m towards the development of low carbon heat networks.
Simon Woodward, chairman of the ukDEA, said: “This funding is a great step for the development of district heating in the UK. However, our predictions of 14% of the UK’s heat being supplied by district heating by 2030 were based on significant fiscal support for the capital element of project delivery, so while the current moves to fund initial investigations and feasibility studies is fantastic news, we should be conscious of not de-coupling the 14% from this further requirement.”
Bring banks reduced after improved kerbside recycling
The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) will reduce its network of recycling ‘bring’ banks because households are using an improved ‘recycle for Dorset’ collection service to recycle more at home.
Councillors on the DWP’s joint committee have agreed to remove most banks in Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset from June and in other areas after the service has been rolled out.
There are 140 bring bank sites in Dorset, which cost more than £115,000 to maintain last year.