Food waste collections rise; Ford looks to plastic; Sainsbury’s AD tie-up with Biffa; DHL launches health care service
Food waste collections rise
The total amount of food waste that was separately collected and recycled by local authorities in England has increased by 86% over the past two years. Resource minister Dan Rogerson produced data on food waste in a written Parliamentary answer to Labour MP Mark Hendrick who was told the total had risen from 134,000 to 249,000 tonnes between 2011 and 2013.
Rogerson also said that the number of local authorities in England carrying out separate food waste collections has increased from 69 in 2010-11 to 89 in 2012-13. In addition, he said, 79 authorities collected and recycled a ‘combined mixed garden and food waste’ in 2012-13.
Ford to include post-consumer plastics in cars
Global car manufacturer Ford has revealed that it will soon be using plastic bottles in its European cars to help with energy absorption.
In its Sustainability Report 2013, Ford said that in Europe it “will soon launch vehicles that use upcycled post-consumer drinking bottles for energy-absorbing materials”.
Sainsbury’s powers store with Biffa’s AD
Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has partnered with Biffa to use electricity from anaerobic digestion facilities to power one of its stores.
Sainsbury’s Cannock supermarket will be powered by food waste from other stores around the UK through a link-up with Biffa’s AD plants.
DHL’s healthcare management service launched
DHL has launched a management service for healthcare organisations, with its own research showing that equipment worth millions of pounds is thrown away each year and between £2.8m and £4.2m could be recovered through safe re-sale channels or donating the equipment to charities.
DHL says Managed Disposals draws on knowledge of the healthcare sector, combined with its managed disposals and waste management experience to offer breakdown and recycling of redundant medical equipment. It also covers the management and removal of other waste healthcare materials including consumables, packaging, textiles, plastic and cardboard.
Richard Long, head of strategic products at DHL, said, “With the public sector becoming more commercially minded, the opportunity to create additional revenue streams should be front of mind. It is also crucial that healthcare organisations can trust their waste management partner to dispose of highly complex waste streams including equipment and hazardous materials in a safe, secure and trouble-free way.”