Doncaster AD facility completed; UK firms second in plastics recycling list; Norse seals university contract; Veolia looks to award; Blaze at Wakefield recycling site
Doncaster AD facility completed
ReFood, the UK’s leading food waste recycler, has completed a multi-million pound development project to expand its anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Doncaster, the largest plant of its kind in the UK.
The facility is now capable of processing 160,000 tonnes of food waste from across the Yorkshire and Humberside region each year.
Alongside two new 3,700 tonne capacity digesters, the £6m expansion work has included additional receiving and storage tanks added to the site on Ings Road, alongside two 1.1MWh gas engines. In addition, 30 new jobs have been created from the project.
Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, announced the official completion of the expansion project, saying: “Huge local demand for an integrated food waste collection and recycling solution has fuelled this multi-million pound investment project - just three years after we initially opened the site.”
UK firms second in plastics recycling list
According to plastics industry consultants, Applied Market Information (AMI), there are 993 sites for the mechanical recycling of the material in western Europe.
They are listed in the latest edition of AMI’s new directory Plastics Recyclers in Europe which says Germany leads the way, at over 20% of the sites, with Italy and the United Kingdom in joint second on 13%.
The most commonly recycled polymer in Europe is currently HDPE with 64% of the sites recycling it.
Norse seals university contract
Norse has reinforced its commercial relationship with the University of East Anglia (UEA) by retaining a recycling and waste contract.
The £200,000 deal will see the firm delivering services to the UEA for the next three years, with the possibility of extending its relationship by another two years. It is the third time Norse Waste Solutions (NWS) has retained the contract following a tendering process.
Ian Barnett, NWS general manager, said waste would be processed into refuse-derived fuel, with less than 10% of waste ending up in landfill.
Veolia looks to award
Veolia is a finalist in the Responsible Business of the Year Award, run by Business in the Community, to be held on 7 July.
The company has been shortlisted following its Resourcing the World strategy for corporate responsibility and sustainability performance which has seen it become a manufacturer of green products and renewable energy.
Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice president of Veolia UK and Ireland, said: “Through collaboration with customers, partners and policy makers in the area of sustainability we looking to lead by example but it’s how we influence others, by Resourcing the World, that will make the real difference if the planet is going to have sufficient capacity for all our needs.”
Blaze at Wakefield recycling site
Firefighters from West Yorkshire fire and rescue service attended a blaze at a Wakefield recycling centre.
Four fire engines attended Quarry Hill Industrial Estate for five hours.
Firefighters used six jets and two ground monitors on the flamese, which were about 20 metres high and took 40 minutes to get under control.
Minor damage was caused to the premises and a caravan, in a neighbouring storage site, was also slightly burned.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.