ESA publishes fire guidance for waste industry; EU to fund PET project; China reveals illegal waste activity; waste management boss to buy Leyton Orient
ESA publishes fire guidance for waste industry
The Environmental Services Association with input from the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive, the Health and Safety Laboratories, the Chief Fire Officers Association and other bodies, have produced an 89-page document on reducing fires in the waste industry.
The guidance is split into two parts. Scope and fire risks are form the first before the guidance turns to specific fire control guidance for sites in four areas: whole site issues, issues in reception, during treatment and the storage of wastes.
The main insurance companies were also consulted for their views on some aspects of the document, which can be downloaded on the right.
EU to fund PET project
The EU is to part-fund a research project into increasing the use of recycled PET in the manufacture of new bottles as part of plans to boost the circular economy.
The project has a budget of is €2.2m, of which the EU has contributed €1.478m and the work will be carried out by Polymark, a newly formed consortium.
Polymark will develop new technology for the automated detection and sorting of suitable PET bottles.
The consortium consists of Petcore Europe, the European Federation of Bottled Waters, Plastic Recyclers in Europe, the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery, 4PET Recycling BV, and Closed Loop Recycling Ltd. The Research and Technology Developers are ColorMatrix, Fraunhofer Institut IPMS, Pera Technology Ltd (UK Health & Environment Research Institute) and S+S (Sesotec).
China reveals illegal waste activity
In the first quarter of 2014, Chinese customs checked a total of 2,606 solid waste importing and processing companies.
They found issues with 586 enterprises and illegality problems with 617 enterprises, with 4.2 million tonnes of solid waste being investigated. Some 245 cases were handed over to anti-smuggling officials and 261 cases were reported to other authorities.
Of the companies caught in illegal acts, 350 were scrap plastic enterprises while 118 were engaged in scrap metals and a further 118 in recovered paper.
Waste management boss on verge of football takeover
Francesco Becchetti, head of Italian waste management and renewable energy company Bechetti Energy Group, is on the verge of buying Leyton Orient Football Club, according to press reports.
Bechetti Energy Group specialises in muncipal waste collection both inside and outside of Italy.