Councils agree shared service; Leicestershire food waste deal; New look for Budget Pack
Shared service agreed
South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council have agreed on a new shared waste service that could save £700,000 a year within three years.
As part of the plans, Cambridge council’s team would relocate to South Cambridgeshire’s depot in Waterbeach, which is next to AmeyCespa’s centre where waste from black, green and blue bins from both councils is currently tipped.
Leicestershire signs up with Biogen
Leicestershire’s food waste will be treated at Biogen’s £10m Merevale anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Warwickshire, under a new five-year contract with the county council.
The deal makes Leicestershire the first local authority to sign up to use the green energy plant, which is scheduled to be completed by 2015. In the meantime, the county’s food waste will be processed at Biogen’s Westwood plant near Rushen, Northamptonshire.
Biogen CEO Julian O’Neill said: “By working closely with many local authorities we understand their requirements. Our AD solution takes care of everything and as a result, addresses many of the issues that councils face.”
Budget Pack rebrand
Sustainable business specialists Budget Pack has rebranded itself as a ecosecurety, complete with a new website which explains the goals of the relaunched company.
The company says the new look reflects the changes it has undergone since setting up shop in 2003.
Chairman Steve Clark said: More and more companies are working to become sustainable in the widest sense – environmentally, socially, economically.
“It’s essential to our business values and it is also powerful because we have excellent products and services that help to deliver the kind of change I’m describing.”
Railway station’s district heating scheme
An initiative to reduce Birmingham New Street’s carbon footprint is underway.
Network Rail, Birmingham City Council, Cofely and sustainability consultants, Anthesis-SecondNature are delivering a 1.5km district heating pipework installed across the station and in the city centre to enable excess heat produced by a new combined heat and power unit to be exported to the Birmingham District Energy Scheme.
The scheme supplies heat to offices and other buildings in the area including Aston University and the National Indoor Arena, as well as the new John Lewis store adjacent to the station.