Biogen plant opens; flytipper jailed; bread firm waste savings; resource efficiency app
Fifth Biogen plant celebrated
Biogen’s new new food waste recycling plant at the Waen, Rhuallt near St Asaph in Wales has been officially opened, the company’s fifth operational plant in the UK, bringing the total amount of waste processed across all Biogen sites to more than 150,000 tonnes per year.
The Waen anaerobic digestion plant will recycle 22,500 tonnes of food waste collected by local authorities and this, along with food waste from commercial sources, will generate enough renewable electricity to power the nearby city of St Asaph - around 2,000 homes.
Julian O’Neill said: “This project is a clear demonstration of the forward thinking approach adopted by the local authorities across Wales in managing food waste andprotecting the environment.”
Waste fraudster jailed
A man who cold-called people to pick up their waste and then “flagrantly and deliberately” dumped it around Watford has been jailed for 13 months.
Lee Taylor, 30, from Bushey admitted nine separate offences of flytipping dating back to April 2013 at St Albans Crown Court.
He also had two other offences of flytipping in Watford taken into account when he was sentenced to a total of 13 months’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Minister on the bread line
Carl Sargeant, the Welsh Government’s natural resources minister has visited Henllan Bread, based in Denbigh, which has saved over £14,000 a year in waste costs, (photo above).
Henllan Bread received grants and consultancy support from WRAP Cymru to identify how to reduce waste, recycle more and cut costs.
Sargeant said: “The Welsh Government funds WRAP Cymru to work with Welsh businesses to help them prevent waste, and work to become more resource efficient and competitive. Quite simply, preventing waste can help businesses across Wales save money and make better use of their resources.
“It’s great to see a growing North Wales business like Henllan Bread think about moving towards zero waste because of the benefits that it can bring them.”
- Photo shows: Sargeant; Christine Melsher, business account manager WRAP Cymru; Tom Moore, director Henllan Bakery; and Edward Kirkwood, business development executive, BIC Innovation
App’s the way to do it
A “one-stop-shop” business app giving advice on managing water, energy and waste has been developed by Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland.
The Green Retail App is said to be particularly useful for smaller retailers and offers videos, practical tools and information as well as links to wider support from Resource Efficient Scotland.
Aberdeenshire-based Enscape Consulting Ltd produced the content for the app, which is available for all android and smart phones, and is free to download from Google Play and later, the Apple itunes store.