Eunomia expansion; FCC EfW approved; Laptop explosion warning; France recycling hit by virgin prices; Croydon garden waste threat
Eunomia to expand
Environmental consultancy firm Eunomia opening a new office in Manchester later this year. The company has grown from a staff of just 25 in 2010 to 70, once its Manchester team is in place.
Dr Darren Perrin has joined Eunomia in a senior business development role. Perrin is a chartered waste manager with more than 15 years’ consultancy experience, including business development roles covering Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
FCC EfW plant approved for Midlothian
Midlothian Council has granted planning permission to FCC Environment for the construction of a waste recycling and combined heat and power plant on former railway marshalling yards at Millerhill in Midlothian.
FCC Medio Ambiente SA was appointed preferred bidder in December 2014.
This 25-year contract will involve the thermal treatment of up to 135,000 tonnes of mixed waste annually to produce electricity for the National Grid and heat suitable for a district heating scheme, with less than 5% of all waste going to landfill in line with Scottish Government targets.
Laptop exploded in refuse lorry
A fire caused by a discarded laptop has prompted fresh safety warnings over throwing away electrical items.
Refuse collectors in Chipping Norton heard an explosion before a fire took hold in the back of their lorry, West Oxfordshire District Council said.
Thermal imaging equipment allowed fire crews to establish the blaze had been caused during the compacting process, when a laptop containing four large lithium batteries was crushed.
France’s recycling industry hit by raw material prices
French recycling industry’s profits fell by 2% in 2014 as businesses abandon recycled materials in favour of cheaper virgin materials.
The price of virgin raw materials started falling in 2014, a trend that continued in 2015. As raw materials become rarer, businesses should in theory be forced to recycle more.
The French recycling industry’s revenue fell by 2% in 2014 to €9bn for a total of 74 million tonnes of recycled materials.
Croydon garden waste collections in the balance
At least 18,000 people in Croydon will have to agree to pay for their garden waste to be collected or the service, which is currently free, will be binned completely.
On Monday the council is expected to press ahead with plans to move from free fortnightly pickups to paid-for collections from 1 January 2016.
Stuart Collins, cabinet member of Clean Green Croydon, said authority had no alternative after being “clobbered” by government funding cuts.