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News round-up 25/3

Biogen summer switch on; egg carton recycling; Sita site award; profit from PET packaging firm

Biogen AD plant slated for summer switch-on

An energy-from-waste (EfW) plant that will use food waste in three Welsh counties is due to be operational by the summer.

The £7.5m Waen anaerobic digestion (AD) plant will take waste from Flintshire, Conwy and Denbighshire.

The councils behind the scheme claim it will process 22,500 tonnes of food a year, to power about 1,500 homes.

Biogen, which is building the plant, said it will be commissioned in May, and fully operational by the summer.

Tesco moves to recyclable plastic egg cartons

Supermarket giant Tesco is to replace cardboard egg cartons with recyclable plastic packaging to save more than a million free-range eggs from going to waste every year.  

Tesco’s free-range eggs are currently sold in pulp cartons so if an egg breaks in transit, it can seep through the box and damage packs beneath.

But the supermarket has trialled a recyclable plastic packaging made from old drinks bottles. When an egg breaks, the seepage can be contained in one pack.

Sita EfW site wins award

A Suffolk EfW construction site has won a national site award, under the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

The Sita-run Great Blakenham scheme, near Ipswich, picked up a silver award following three highly-rated inspections. In the latest report, the site was described as ‘exceptional’ for safety, caring for the workforce and respecting the community and ‘excellent’ for protecting the environment and appearance.

Press release

PET packaging firm interest sold

Private equity company WHEB has sold its share in the Petainer group to its co-investor Next Wave Partners for twice the original investment cost.

Petainer manufactures large container and refillable PET packaging.

Next Wave Partners and WHEB acquired Petainer from Rexam PLC in November 2009.

Press release

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