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News round-up 19/6

ReFood’s AD; Farmer prosecuted; Scotland’s draft constitution; Smurfit Kappa re-brands.

New gas-to-grid plant opened

ReFood has opened its latest anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Widnes, said to be the largest gas-to-grid plant of its kind in the UK.

It is the second AD plant for the ReFood brand and the opening ceremony was led by Norbert Rethmann, chairman of Rethmann Group, the parent company of ReFood, who officially opened the plant by unveiling a plaque and tipped the first bin.

ReFood Widnes will recycle 120,000 tonnes of commercial and domestic food waste and liquids and will generate up to 180 million KWh of biomethane each year, providing enough power for 10,000 homes. The Widnes plant is the first gas-to-grid AD plant in ReFood’s European portfolio of 11 plants.

The photo above shows Rethmann, Cllr Ellen Cargill, Wigan council’s deputy mayor; and Anthony De Mulder, director of Saria.

Press release

Devon farmer prosecuted for food and septic tank waste offences

A Devon farmer has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £1,000 costs for a series of waste offences.

The offences involved liquid food and abattoir waste and Andrew Bull was also ordered to carry out 100 hours community service.

Press Release

Natural resources in Scotland’s draft constitution

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a draft constitution for an independent Scotland that includes a section on the environment and natural resources. It says:

“Scotland’s natural resources are to be used in a manner which is-

(a) best calculated to be sustainable, and

(b) of economic, social, environmental or other benefit to the people of Scotland.”

Smurfit Kappa re-brands

Packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has launched a new brand strategy across the 32 countries it serves. According to the company, its ‘Open the future’ brand campaign will “showcase Smurfit Kappa’s dedication to customer growth, through its proactive, listening approach and its relentless pursuit of the critical gains which make the difference in consumer brand choice”.

The strategy follows a 12-month research programme to establish what brand owners really want from the packaging industry. It included customers, suppliers and investors, as well as engagement with Smurfit Kappa employees across Europe and the Americas.

A new microsite can be visited at

Press release


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