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News round-up 28/5

Sims executive retires; Wood machining firm is 150th Green Network member; Shanks agrees two Belgian contracts; Vehicles alight in recycling centre blaze


European metals managing director retires

Managing director of Sims’ European metals division, Robert Kelman will retire on 30 June, it has been announced.

He will step down after a year in the position but remain as a consultant to Sims for a period of time after his retirement.

Kelman has been involved in the recycling industry for more than 30 years.

He was the chief architect of the company’s long-term contract with New York City to recycle kerbside post-consumer metals, plastic and glass.

Press release

Wood machining firm is 150th Green Network member

A specialist wood machining company has become the 150th member of the Green Network for Businesses after saving £13,000 a year reducing its energy use and minimising waste.

Haldane UK manufactures staircases, handrails and other timber products, which leads to a significant amount of resized wood offcuts that cannot be reused and are costly to dispose of.

To tackle their wood waste they opened an outlet centre onsite selling different shapes and sizes of hardwood offcuts and bags of undersized hardwood for fuel-burning stoves.

The network is a project delivered by Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland, to help businesses share resource efficiency strategies.

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Shanks agrees two Belgian contracts

Shanks has won two contracts with the City of Liege.

The company renewed a household waste collection contract with the city, which the company has held for the past 25 years. Recyclates will be separated and the remaining waste will be used to generate green energy.

The firm also won a public cleaning services contract to empty waste bins and provide mechanical road sweeping.

The contracts are worth approximately €8m in revenue each year.

Press release

Vehicles alight in recycling centre blaze

Firefighters have tackled a fire at a recycling centre in Norfolk, where vehicles and gas cylinders were alight, a council spokesperson told MRW.

Crews attended the scene with 15 fire engines and a water carrier at West Raynham Business Park on 26 May.

The site was handed back to its owners the following morning after one appliance stayed overnight to finish damping down.

An ambulance was requested, believed to be for a man who suffered burns.

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