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News round-up 20/10

Biffa told it can expand EfW plant; New jobs at the top of Biffa Municipal; Axion visited by deputy PM; New look for metals group

Changes to EfW plant approved

Leicestershire County Council’s planners have backed Biffa’s revised planning application for improvements to the Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility, that would increase the plant’s processing capability by 50,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Biffa submitted the planning variation application in July, which will enable the facility to process up to 350,000 tones per year of waste and to generate 33MW of power, up from 21 MW.

Wheelabrator Technologies’ project manager Chris Ratcliffe said on behalf of Biffa’s partner in the project, Multifuel Energy: “The new design will bring significant efficiency improvements to the facility. We will now work with the improved design and continue to develop the project into the construction phase.”

The £250M investment project is intended to create hundreds of construction jobs and around 40 full-time positions, plus a number of supply chain opportunities for local business during the plant’s 25-year + lifetime.

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Biffa bosses move

Biffa’s municipal division has made a number of internal senior staff appointments which the group says reflect its success in the market.

Former development director for the division Pete Dickson has become commercial director, leading a team in locating and securing commercial opportunities. He continues to be responsible for municipal tender activity.

Regional director Simon Crook becomes operations director and will join director David Maidman in managing Biffa’s existing and new contracts in the England, Scotland and Wales.

Iain Jarvis takes up the recently created role of new business director and Jon Rush, who joined Biffa earlier this year, is now special projects manager. Rush is currently working on key projects to do with IT solutions for existing and new contracts.

Biffa Municipal MD Roger Edwards said the division’s on-going success is attributable to “our professionalism, flexibility and proven ability to make a real difference. We felt the time was right to appoint key staff to new roles that will support our business objectives.”

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Nick Clegg visits Axion Consulting

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has visited Axion Consulting as part of his Northern Futures campaign, which seeks to promote economic growth in the north of England (photo above).

Along with chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander (far right), he spoke to staff at Axion’s Bramhall offices about the group’s advances in material recovery from fuel cells and scrap vehicles and its national collection schemes for rigid PVC, vinyl flooring and recycling carpets.

Axion director Roger Morton, second from right, said: “Mr Clegg was clearly extremely impressed by the innovative work we’ve done in building our Trafford Park plant to recover metals and high-grade plastics from end-of-life vehicles.

“He was also interested in the different routes by which our apprentices had joined us; either from school sixth form or switching from a BTEC science course to gain practical experience on the job.”

Clegg was joined by Liberal Democrat MP for Cheadle and Bramhall Mark Hunter, (left).

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Resource efficiency app goes live

A free app offering Scottish retailers instant advice on resource efficiency has been launched by Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) programme.

The Green Retail App, created by Enscape Consulting, is aimed at smaller retailers and provides advice on water, energy and waste efficiency. It combines videos and practical information with wider links to help.

RES programme manager – business sector Stephen Boyle unveiled the app to UK retailers at a London event hosted by the Retail Energy Efficiency Task Force.

He said: “The retail sector has the potential to make huge efficiency savings.”

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New look for metals group

International Industrial Metals Limited (2IM) has announced the refinancing and integration of the business. 

The new group will include Associated Lead Mills (ALM), Envirowales, Jamestown Industries (JIL), Jamestown Metals (JML), Jamestown Metal Resources (JMR), L&P Trading (L&P), Premium Roofing Products (PRP) and Royston Lead (RLL).

Charlie Sherling, who will continue as group business development director, stated that “the new platform is a very sound base for the continued growth of 2IM, in both home and export markets”.

The board of directors have appointed Tony Mullins as group chairman while managing director Graham Hudson and his highly experienced team will continue to lead ALM/JML sales and distribution of lead sheet, zinc, copper, stainless and aluminium coil along with all related products for the roofing and cladding market.

L & P, the waste battery and lead procurement company, is led by Tony Verrell.

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