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News round-up 2/4

Biffa, AmeyCespa and Veolia compete; EfW house price research; Nampak prize; J & B Recycling partnership

Three in the frame for waste contract

Isle of Wight Council has announced that Biffa, AmeyCespa and Veolia are all in the running to take on a contract for waste collection and treatment from October 2015.

The contract could last between 15 and 25 years and be worth between £115m and £225m. It will succeed the existing contract with Biffa subsidiary Island Waste Services, which has been in place since 1997.

House prices ‘unaffected’ by incinerator plants

A new research study has found no significant effect of waste incinerator plants on long term local property prices.

The installation of energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities that burn waste to produce electricity is often contested in the UK. Arguments such as health, cost, noise, odours, traffic movement, resources depletion and house prices are often cited as reasons against the development of such facilities.

This study, carried out by Cranfield University, analysed property prices surrounding three EfW plants in the UK, all of which have been operational for at least seven years.

Nampak awarded top prize  

Plastic milk bottle producer Nampak Plastics, has won the Sir Peter Parker Award for sustainable business leadership at the Sustainable City Awards. Nampak’s multi-award winning Infini bottle was also highly commended in the Responsible Waste Management category. 

Press release

J & B Recycling announces partnership

J & B Recycling has been appointed to manage all waste from the Kerry Ingredients food company in Hartlepool.

As a food and ingredient manufacturer, Kerry produces a significant amount of waste include cardboard, packaging, plastics, glass and excess food products.

But that is now being managed by J & B Recycling to send no waste to costly landfill sites.

Environmental regulations drive growth in waste industry

According to Waste Management, a new Market Update by market intelligence provider Key Note, the UK’s waste management industry has experienced robust growth in recent years thanks to environmental regulations.

Figures from National Statistics show that the UK waste management industry grew in value by 22.3% between 2009 and 2012, with further growth of 5% estimated for 2013.

Press release

Readers' comments (2)

  • Re: House prices and incineration, as the study acknowledges, the study may have used inappropriate incinerator sites: "All the locations analysed were on the sites of previous incinerators...This may have had a lingering effect on the surrounding properties, which may have already been discounted, and could explain why no significant effect was discovered between the periods before and after operation of the new facilities".

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  • I wonder if the result would have been different had it been mentioned the plants in question had captured government funding to extend services in the form of a CHP service in 2015!

    Anyone for a hot potato?

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