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News round-up 2/12

Suffolk EfW plant opens; Viridor safety milestone; FCC launches reuse shop; M&S progresses on Plan A

Sita opens Suffolk EfW plant

Sita UK has said its Suffolk’s energy-from-waste facility has been completed on time and on budget, and the site has started producing electricity (photo above).

The facility, at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, will process 269,000 tonnes of waste a year.

The £180m plant has been paid for by Sita. At the end of the 25-year contract it will be handed over to Suffolk County Council.

Paul Leighton, plant manager for  Sita UK, said: “After nearly three years of construction and comprehensive testing to make sure everything works as it should, we are really proud to have delivered this project on time, on budget and with an excellent health and safety record.”

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New safety milestone at Peterborough EfW plant

Viridor and its construction partners B&W Volund, Interserve and Fichtner have reached 200,000 man hours at Peterborough energy recovery facility without time lost to accident or injury.

To mark the achievement, Viridor has donated a second cheque for £1,000 to the Sue Ryder appeal to build a new hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough.

Paul Rowland, regional contracts manager at Viridor, said: “Since we started construction last July, we’ve established a strong team approach to health and safety. Everyone works together to identify opportunities to improve and we’re constantly challenging each other to keep our excellent performance record going.”

The plant will become operational late next year.

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FCC launches reuse shop

FCC Environment has launched a charity reuse shop as part of its partnership with Staffordshire County Council.

The shop has been opened at the Cannock HWRC in partnership with Katharine House, which provides free hospice care for people with incurable illnesses.

Richard Belfield, FCC Environment’s group development director, said: “Improving the services offered at our HWRCs and opening a charity shop will boost local recycling and re-use rates, make savings for the council and give much needed help to a local charity.”

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M&S reports progress on sustainability strategy

Marks and Spencer (M&S) has said it has made good progress in the implementation of its ambitious sustainability strategy Plan A 2020 six months after its launch.

Some 63% of M&S products, almost two billion items sold every year, now have a Plan A attribute – an eco or ethical quality above the market norm. The figure puts M&S well ahead of its target to have 50% by 2015 and on track for all M&S products to have an attribute by 2020.

Mike Barry, director of Plan A at M&S, said: “The sustainable business plan is making an impact on M&S operations across the world and engaging our customers, employees and partners in more sustainable lifestyles and ways of doing business.”  

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