EfW to divert 80,000 tonnes of construction waste; ‘Overwhelming’ Scottish support for drinks deposit refunds; Organic recycling firm gets £4m Suez contract; UK manufacturing awards launched
EfW to divert 80,000 tonnes of construction waste
An energy-from-waste (EfW) facility has been installed at the UK’s largest cement plant in Derbyshire.
The new facility (pictured) is expected to divert 80,000 tonnes of bulk solid waste from landfill each year.
It has been designed to provide storage, transportation, weighing and injection of solid waste fuel (SWF) to the plant’s two kilns.
Site operator Hope Construction Materials has collaborated with Saxlund International to commission the new facility which aims to replace fossil fuels with waste-derived alternatives to more than 50%.
‘Overwhelming’ Scottish support for drinks deposit refunds
The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland has published polling showing 79% public support in Scotland for a deposit refund system to cover cans and both plastic and glass bottles.
The Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland recently published research which concluded that a deposit refund system for Scotland would be feasible although the drinks industry opposed such a scheme.
John Mayhew, director of the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, said: “These results are a robust mandate for Ministers to do the right thing and bring in a deposit refund system for Scotland.”
Organic recycling firm gets £4m Suez contract
Aberdeenshire organic recycling firm, Keenan Recycling, has secured a £4m contract to continue work with Suez Environment.
The firm transforms food and garden waste into BSI-accredited compost and is subcontracted by Suez to handle the organic faction of Aberdeen City Council’s waste management.
The contract will see the company process around 13,700 tonnes of kitchen and garden waste from household collections and 2,500 tonnes of garden waste per year from the five household waste recycling centres that Suez operates on behalf of the council.
UK manufacturing awards launched
The 7th annual Future Manufacturing Awards have been launched, including an Environmental Efficiency category for companies that have taken innovative steps to significantly reduce their environmental impact.
Companies are also being urged to nominate their most outstanding apprentices and to help raise awareness of the wealth of opportunities available to young people in industry.
Other awards include strategic growth, exporting, designing and launching a successful new product to market, investing in skills and training, health and safety, operational excellence and developing partnerships with education.