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News round-up 2/9

Imtech waste division in administration; Welsh recycling pleases residents; Veolia leaves Palestine; Smurfit Kappa’s new CEO; Ricardo rebrands

Imtech waste division in administration

Imtech UK’s water, waste and energy business has gone into administration, with 69 jobs under threat, it has been confirmed.

An investment from private equity firm Endless helped secure the group’s future, trustees had confirmed.

But the water, waste and energy business was not included in the deal and has now entered administration, with PwC appointed to run the process.

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Welsh recycling service pleases residents

Figures released by the Local Government Data Unit have revealed that 82% of people in Wales are satisfied with the recycling service provided by their council.

Welsh Local Government Association spokesperson for improvement and performance, Hugh Evans said: “This report presents a remarkable summary of how councils are continuing to improve many of their local services, despite facing some of the most significant budget cuts in their history.”

Press release

Veolia leaves Palestine

Veolia has completed the withdrawal of all business activities in Palestine.

The company ended its waste management presence last year but had retained a stake in the Jerusalem Light Rail system, which has now been sold.

In 2012, the would-be Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for Veolia to be banned from public procurement contracts in the UK, describing its operations in Palestine it as “amoral”.

Smurfit Kappa appoints chief executive

Tony Smurfit has succeeded Gary McGann as group chief executive officer at packaging firm Smurfit Kappa Group with effect from 1 September 2015.

Company chairman, Liam O’Mahony said: “The board would like to thank Gary for his substantial contribution in leading the group over the last 13 years and wishes him well in his retirement.

“The board looks forward to the group’s next phase of growth and development under Tony’s leadership.”

Press release

Ricardo rebrands

Ricardo-AEA has rebranded as Ricardo Energy & Environment.

The company’s managing director, Robert Bell said: “The update to our brand name marks the next step in our evolution.”

The original name came from a merger between Ricardo and AEA in 2012.

Press release

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