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News round-up 26/11

Another Waste4Fuel fire; China delegates at Biffa; house from waste; Welsh recycling firm loan

Ninth fire Waste4Fuel recycling plant

Fire has broken out again at the Waste4Fuel site in Orpington, weeks after the Environment Agency won a court order to clear the site.

The blaze is believed to be the ninth since mid-March. Waste4Fuel appeared at the High Court earlier this month where an order was imposed compelling the company and director Bryan Hughes to clear the site of all combustible waste by April next year.

Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences visits Biffa

Waste and recycling company Biffa hosted a visit of the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences (CSES) to its Brookhurst mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility as part of a mission organised by the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC).

CSES is an influential body in China and reports directly to the Environmental Ministry. The EIC hosted the mission from Beijing to showcase UK environmental industries and technologies.

Matthew Farrow, executive director of the EIC, said: “The EIC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CSES, to help our members access a very important environmental and commercial area. Visiting the Biffa facility at Brookhurst gave the CSES delegation a perfect example of the excellent quality of waste management in Britain, and we hope that this visit will create more opportunities to export services and technology to China.”

Press release

Airport helps build house from waste

Gatwick Airport has donated more than 20,000 used toothbrushes to help the University of Brighton build the UK’s first house made almost entirely from waste. The toothbrushes are being slotted into wall cavities to help insulate the building.

The project is being backed by TV designer and presenter Kevin McCloud, who with University of Brighton lecturer and architect Duncan Baker-Brown worked on a similar build in London for a TV programme in 2008.

Flintshire recycling firm to expand after loan

Paperback Collection & Recycling Ltd has received further investment from Finance Wales which will provide the Flintshire-based company with capital to install a state-of-the-art recycling plant.

The company has been salvaging and reprocessing waste paper, card, polythene and plastics at its Deeside plant since 2009.

Turnover has almost doubled since Paperback Recycling received a £350,000 loan from Finance Wales in 2010 which enabled it to install a new automated system to sort larger quantities of recyclable waste.


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