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News round-up 22/12

MP holds waste war talks; Shanks AD food boost; paper firm Christmas charity; jail for man who burned waste; PFF Packaging buys Thermopak

MP offers to host summit on waste war

Banning Torbay residents from using Newton Abbot’s recycling centre will create a pile of problems locally, a councillor has warned.

Lib Dem leader Steve Darling says residents living in his Barton and Watcombe ward will suffer most from the decision by Devon County Council to ban Bay tippers from this week.

Torbay MP Adrian Sanders has offered to host a summit between the two councils to thrash out the issues.

Cllr Darling has demanded answers from Torbay Council about how the situation has arisen.

He has now arranged a meeting with Torbay Council officers responsible to get answers to his concerns.

Torquay Herald Express

Shanks AD plant gets food waste boost

Shanks Waste Management has more than doubled food waste input into its Westcott Park anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Buckinghamshire since the summer.

As the facility reaches the end of its commissioning period, it has increased food waste input from around 400 tonnes per week to over 900 tonnes per week.

As a result of this increase the facility is able to boost production of a nutrient-rich digestate and also export 3MWh of green electricity back to the National Grid, enough to power 14,000 homes.

Press release

SAICA makes charity cheer

Paper manufacturer SAICA Paper has brought some early Christmas cheer to a Manchester food bank with a bumper donation of essential food items.

More then 500 products, ranging from cornflakes to corned beef, have been donated by staff at the company’s Partington factory in Greater Manchester to ensure the Stretford Food Bank can continue to operate two distribution centres.

Stretford Food Bank is run by The Trussell and ensures emergency food and support is provided to people experiencing crisis in the UK.

Press release

Jail term for man who burned waste and asbestos

A Wendover man found guilty of dumping and burning controlled waste including asbestos near an electricity pylon in Oxhey Lane, Watford, has received a three month custodial sentence at St Albans Crown Court.

Nathan Reg John Jordan, 22, also known as Nathan Jordan Jr, of London Road, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, was also ordered to pay £900 towards the clean-up costs after being found guilty of three offences: illegally depositing controlled waste, disposing of the waste by burning and operating a waste transfer station without an environmental permit.

Jordan was convicted at St Albans Magistrates Court in September.

Press release

Thermopak acquired by Yorkshire firm

Thermopak, the Tyneside manufacturer which specialises in moulded trays and carriers for the food industry, has been acquired by Yorkshire-based PFF Packaging.

The undisclosed deal will bring Thermopak’s 65,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Gateshead under PFF’s group control, bringing its total output up to 60m units per month.

PFF Packaging directors Andy and Michelle Bairstow joined Thermopak in August when the firm was bought out of administration by Bill Mapstone, the previous chairman of Pilgrim Foods Group.

At the time, administrators from KPMG confirmed Thermopak had suffered a continued downturn in trading and difficulties in meeting its debt obligations.

The PFF Group now employs around 170 staff and supplies a diverse range of products to blue chip businesses, including a number of UK supermarkets.

The £18m turnover firm operates from a 97,000 sq ft factory in the West Yorkshire town of Keighley. A sister business, Arvensis, specialises in recycling plastic bottles into plastic sheets and packaging.

The Journal

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