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News round up 28/3

BMRA board additions; Cardiff recycling fire; biomass shelved; Berkshire landfill success; biomethane on the rise

Additions to BMRA board

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), the trade association which represents the UK’s £5.6bn metals recycling sector, has appointed five new board members to fill existing vacancies and replace members who are retiring.

David Barraclough, director of Robinson & Birdsell, John Boyd, managing director at JSB Metals, Susie Burrage, director of Recycled Products, John Rice, a director of Metal & Waste, and Alasdair Jackson, operations director at Recycling Lives took up their roles on the BMRA board on Tuesday 25 March.

Press release

Large fire at Cardiff recycling centre

More than 70 firefighters are tackling a large blaze involving 2,000 tonnes of waste material at a recycling centre on the outskirts of Cardiff.

The incident at the Atlantic Waste Management site in Newton Road, near Rumney, began in the early hours on 28 March.

South Wales fire service said the blaze, involving plastic and timber, was likely to take days to deal with.

A spokesperson said waste was burning along with surrounding buildings, vehicles and 30 to 40 gas cylinders.

Forth Energy shelves £1.1bn biomass investment

Plans in Scotland to build three major new biomass plants at docks in Dundee, Grangemouth and Rosyth have been ditched after SSE scaled back its investment in renewable energy.

The three biomass ports had been planned as a £1.1bn joint venture between Forth Ports and SSE that would create a total capacity of 300MW of power and 260MW of heat, while creating up to 500 jobs in construction.

Berkshire waste management firm landfill support

Shorts Group Ltd, a waste management company based in Ascot, has taken a step towards sending zero per cent of its rubbish to landfill after receiving support from Lloyds Bank.

After agreeing a six-figure hire purchase facility, the firm has invested in a new recycling line that will send only 5% of its rubbish to landfill.

It is now expecting to take on new contracts in all sectors and give clients the confidence that their waste is being recycled efficiently while being kind to the environment.

Press release

Biomethane on the rise

Biomethane can replace 3% of the European natural gas consumption by 2030, according to results from three biomethane projects.

Schemes set up by BIOMASTER, GreenGasGrids and Urban Biogas revealed biomethane has “great potential” and could help the EU reach the 40% reduction target in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to consolidate energy security.

This conclusion was drawn up at a workshop jointly organised by the three EU projects.

Press release

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