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News round-up 24/3

Circular economy research; Biffa safety award; gas cylinder guidance; Norfolk landfill gas pilots; council halves landfill

CIWM commissions circular economy research

A tender put forward by the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management (CIWM) for research on the circular economy has been won by a consortium bid from Ray Georgeson Resources, Beasley Associates and Green Gain.

The project will cover all parts of the waste and resource management sector in each of the five countries of the UK and Ireland.

Biffa win 2014 International Safety Award

The British Safety Council has confirmed that Biffa has taken a top prize in its International Safety Awards for 2014, given to organisations in recognition of their proven commitment to workplace health and safety.

“Winning an International Safety Award is a fantastic badge of honour to celebrate some of our positive health and safety achievements and further demonstrates to our employees and customers that our standards are up there with some of the best companies in the world,” said Matt Humphreys, Biffa’s head of safety, health and quality.

Press release

Gas cylinders guidance

The Environment Agency has issued new guidance on whether gas cylinders should be counted as packaging. This relates to revisions to the EU Packaging Directive that came into force on 30 September last year.

Previous guidance has stated that industrial cylinders are not packaging but consumer ones are.

Norfolk landfill sites gas pilot

Two closed landfill sites in Norfolk are being used in a trial to boost the amount of energy generated from gas.

The sites in Docking and Strumpshaw, which closed more than 10 years ago, produce methane gas in the process of breaking down waste.

The Environment Agency project aims to identify ways of extracting enough “old site” gas to be commercially viable.

Waste sent to landfill halved by council

Landfill waste has reduced by 50% per cent and recycling has increased 30% cent during the first fortnight of a new system introduced by South Bucks District Council.

The council claims the change is due to the introduction of food waste collections across the district.

The waste goes on to an anaerobic digestion facility in Wallingford in Oxfordshire where it will produce renewable electricity and an organic bio-fertiliser to be used on farmer’s fields.

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