Asda recycling fire; South Korean firm eyes UK; Aircraft recycling lifts off; Virgin landfill boast
Asda recycling plant fire
Firefighters spent more than six hours fighting a fire at a 75,000 square foot recycling centre on the Pattinson Industrial Estate in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
An electrical fault in an industrial floor scrubber is thought to have sparked the flames, which spread to a stack of pallets.
About a dozen staff had to be evacuated building after the alarm was raised at about 1.20am.
Seven fire crews from Washington, Sunderland, Birtley and Hebburn stations attended the scene.
The £9 million plant took nine months to build and can process recycling for up to 50 Asda stores.
South Korean firm eyes UK
Ecube Labs, a South Korean waste management technology firm, has announced plans to expand its operations into five markets globally including the UK.
The firm’s products include Clean Cube, a solar-powered compaction bin that compresses rubbish and Clean Cap, a solar-powered rubbish fill-level sensor which attaches to an existing bin and detects how full it is.
Aircraft recycling lifts off
GA Telesis joins ranks with firms from across the aircraft supply chain including Alcoa, Boeing, Bombardier, Honeywell and KLM UK Engineering.
Abdol Moabery, president and chief executive of GA Telesis, said: “Aircraft fleet retirements will grow exponentially in the coming 20 years. Engaging in environmentally sound practices, whether overhauling airframe and engine components for return to extended serviceability or ensuring proper disposition of useful materials to be made into new products is consistent with our performance and culture.”
Virgin Media eliminates landfill waste
Broadcasting and communications firm Virgin Media has revealed that it has eliminated landfill waste from its supply chain and cut down on energy usage.
The company’s 2013 sustainability report showed that it managed to meet its target of sending zero waste to landfill 12 months ahead of schedule.
It also reduced the energy usage of its television service by a third.
Head of sustainability Katie Buchanan said: “We’re very proud with the progress our teams have made, particularly in waste from our logistics supply chain and cutting the energy consumption of our hugely popular TiVo boxes by a third.”