Cranfield University AD plant opens; FCC sells US arm; BITC launches waste survey; Craven Council to act on HSE guidance
Cranfield University opens AD plant
A “research” anaerobic digestion (AD) plant has been opened at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire.
The plant, which was developed by Shanks Waste Management and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will divert up to 10 tonnes of food waste away from landfill a year and produce up to eight tonnes of biofertiliser.
Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, said: “Through the collation of data on a larger scale than existing labs, Cranfield’s new research plant should be able to play a major role in developing and testing the next generation of AD technology by providing access to the ‘plug and play’ demonstration facility, enabling companies to robustly and objectively de-risk, test and develop their technologies.”
FCC sells US arm
A subsidiary of Heritage-Crystal Clean has bought FCC Environmental in the US, which provides waste and recycling services focusing mainly on hydrocarbon-based waste streams.
FCC Environmental has more than 30,000 customers with sales of approximately $160m (£99.5m) during 2013, and operates from 34 sites in the eastern half of the United States.
The business was purchased from the parent company Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, based in Madrid, Spain, for $90m. The group owns FCC Environment in the UK.
BITC launches waste survey
Business in the Community is surveying its members on their current waste management and recycling activity, the related costs and value, and opportunities and barriers they face.
The survey will form part of a project helping to identify areas where members can turn waste management into business value.
The organisation’s 2013 report Fortune Favours the Brave identified a potential £15bn in additional revenue from a circular economy approach.
Craven Council to act on HSE guidance
Craven Council has allocated £9,000 for new bin collection points after the Health & Safety Executive ruled that the current collection system was putting bin men at risk of repetitive strain injuries.
The Craven Herald reports that around 10% of residents, mainly in terrace homes, will be affected by the change.
Cllr Carl Lis, lead member for waste management, said: “The HSE is saying that we are conducting a process that is unsafe and we have to put that right.”