Suez’s Suffolk EfW plant open; Construction waste operator fined £700; Collections restart after firm’s collapse; Bio-bean gets stations’ coffee contract; Weir Waste gets Mercedes fleet; Stadler appointments
Suez’s Suffolk EfW plant open
Suez Environnement’s new energy-from-waste facility in Suffolk was officially opened on 10 July by the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk.
The facility on the outskirts of Ipswich was completed in December 2014r – on time and on budget.
So far it has processed 134,498 tonnes of waste and has generated 87,645 megawatt hours of electricity. Alongside this, 4,409 tonnes of extracted metal has been recycled and 23,711 tonnes of incinerator bottom ash used as an aggregate in local building projects.
The site is the result of a partnership between Suffolk County Council and Suez, who built the facility and will run it on behalf of the council for the next 25 years.
Construction waste operator fined £700
A former director of Dalkeith Demolition, John Burnett, has been fined £700 for breaching the conditions of a waste management licence.
Burnett was reported to the Procurator Fiscal by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency after failing to store waste on an impermeable surface at Dalkeith’s Mayfield Industrial Estate site between August 2011 and January 2012, as stipulated under the terms of the licence.
Collections restart after firm collapse
Collection services are being reintroduced in Torridge following the closure of South Molton Recycling at the end of June.
The council has acquired a fleet of vehicles and employed 13 people to operate the scheme.
Collections will be on the same days and for the same materials as previously, with no materials going to landfill.
Bio-bean gets stations’ coffee contract
Following a successful trial at London’s Victoria and Waterloo stations, Network Rail has signed an agreement with Bio-bean - a company that converts coffee grounds into advanced biofuels - that will see six of the largest railway stations in Britain all committing their coffee waste to the project.
Euston, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo generate nearly 700 tonnes of coffee waste each year.
Rather than sending it to landfill, this waste will now be converted into over 650 tonnes of carbon-neutral biofuels for heating homes, offices and factories.
Supplier Stadler UK has appointed Trevor Smart as its international sales manager and Benjamin Eule as UK director.
Weir Waste gets Mercedes fleet
Recycling company Weir Waste has commissioned a fleet of Mercedes-Benz Antos refuse trucks (pictured).
The Birmingham-based firm, which operates MRFs in Bordesley Green and Oldbury, is now running five 26-tonne 2530s and a single 18-tonne 1824 from the Antos heavy distribution range.
Between them Weir Waste’s two operations can process some 500,000 tonnes of waste and recyclables each year.