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News round-up 16/5

Viridor plastics plant; Duke inauguration; Nampak’s award; Environmental stewardship calls

Viridor starts building £12.5m plastics plant

Construction of Viridor’s £12.5m plastics recycling facility has started in Rochester, with Stadler UK responsible for delivering the project.

Works on the plant, above, began earlier this week and it will result in a new plastics recycling facility capable of processing 75,000 tons of mixed plastics each year into clean plastic grades ready to be used in the production of new plastic products and packaging.

Veolia opens largest plant in Staffordshire

HRH the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO has inaugurated Veolia’s energy-from-waste facility at a site on the Four Ashes Industrial Estate, Staffordshire.

The 25 year PFI contract is the biggest in Staffordshire County Council’s history and is set to deliver tax savings to the residents of Staffordshire of about £10m a year to a total of over £250m during its 25 year life.

The facility, which has been built with the latest technologies has been developed by Veolia in partnership with CNIM Clugston Staffordshire and is helping the council to reach its target of zero waste to Landfill.

Nampak’s bottle wins international award

Nampak Plastics, a UK producer of plastic milk bottles, has won silver in the international DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for its Infini bottle.

The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, now in its 26th year, honours innovations in packaging design, materials, technology, processes, and service across the entire packaging value chain.

Nearly 200 entries were submitted to the award this year.

Nampak introduced Infini to the British market in 2012, as a lightweight range of high density polyethylene (HDPE) milk bottles. It has resulted in the world’s lightest 4-pint (2.27 litre) 32g bottle, which contains up to 20% less material than a standard bottle, and up to 30% recycled HDPE.

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EAC chair calls for environmental stewardship

Joan Walley, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, has called for environmental stewardship to be “firmly embedded at the heart of government policy”.

The MP was the guest speaker at the annual dinner of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) .

“Governments need the assistance of professionals to develop policies and solutions which will be effective and affordable,” she said. “Without respected bodies like CIWEM, governments cannot successfully make the case for the action that is needed. Whilst governments must lead, they desperately need professional support and CIWEM and its members are ideally placed to provide this.”

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