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News round-up 16/10

Colin Drummond to retire from Viridor; Exeter EfW plant opens; Hills Group and Chinook team up; Metal man fined over scrap documents

Colin Drummond to retire from Viridor

Colin Drummond

Viridor¹s chairman Colin Drummond will be retiring in the New Year after having been chief executive for 20 years until 2013.

The current chief executive, Ian McAulay, paid tribute to Drummond’s leadership in “building one of the UK’s most successful recycling and renewable energy companies”.

“His vision in developing Viridor’s strategy in energy recovery has been transformational for the company and indeed for the UK waste and energy sectors.”

Drummond said: “It has been a great privilege to chair Viridor and see the construction and commencement of operation of the first tranche of its network of energy recovery facilities.

“It is now time for a new chairman to lead the development of the next phase of Viridor’s strategy.”

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Exeter EfW plant open

Viridor has officially opened its new energy recovery facility in Exeter, a £45m EfW facility that will treat around 60,000 tonnes of residual waste a year for Devon County Council.

Deputy council leader, Cllr John Clatworthy said: “For years, landfill has been the cheaper option, but it’s not a good environmental solution.

“Reducing, reusing and recycling waste is our priority and will remain so, but the remainder needs to be dealt with and we felt that energy from waste was the best technology.”

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Hills Group and Chinook team up

The Hills Group has selected Chinook Sciences as its technology partner for the proposed Northacre Renewable Energy (NRE) facility at the Northacre Industrial Park in Wiltshire.

When completed and fully operational, NRE will process 160,000 tonnes of high calorific solid recovered fuel and local commercial and Industrial waste, and generate around 22MW of power.

NRE director Mike Webster said: “We now have the right technology partner, and are convinced that Chinook’s robust, commercially proven technology and track record of successfully delivering plants, combined with the state-of-the-art mechanical biological treatment facility at Northacre Industrial Park will give Wiltshire the best solution to treat its residual waste and generate clean renewable energy.”

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Man fined for ignoring requests for scrap documents

A Birmingham motorist who was seen driving a van containing scrap metal has been ordered to pay £990 in court fines and costs after repeatedly ignoring requests for information from Cherwell District Council.

Stefan Viorel admitted one charge of failing to comply with the requirements of a notice issued under the Environmental Protection Act, namely to provide information and documentation.

A DVLA check revealed the vehicle was registered to Viorel and a further check with the Environment Agency Public Registers showed although there was a waste carrier’s licence registered to Viorel’s address, it did not identify him personally.

Viorelwas fined £400 and ordered to pay £550 in court costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

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