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News round-up 29/10

Viridor reaches safety milestone; Zero Waste Scotland appoints board members; Brighton Waste House completed; DS Smith publishes zero waste white paper

Viridor reaches safety milestone

Viridor and its construction partners Lagan Construction and CNIM are celebrating the achievement of working one million man hours without a lost time accident during the construction of the Energy Recovery Facility at Trident Park, Cardiff.

More than 600 employees were working on the site at the peak of construction from a wide range of trades, all ensuring that the facility is delivered safely and on schedule.     

Donald Renfrew, head of construction health and safety at Viridor said “I would like to thank and congratulate everyone working on site for their ongoing commitment and excellent work to ensure a safe and timely delivery of this project. The individuals working on site have taken a proactive and collective approach to Health and Safety, which I am sure has been a key factor in the safety record of the Project to date”.

Tident Park is set to be completed in December 2014.

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Zero Waste Scotland appoints board members

Zero Waste Scotland has announced the appointment of three new board members.

Phil Matthews, John Watt and Petra Biberbach will join chair Vic Emery to become the board for the newly independent company, following its separation from WRAP in July of this year.

Phil Matthews has a background in sustainable development, including working for the Sustainable Development Commission and is currently the Chair of Transform Scotland. 

John Watt is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a self-employed business consultant and Petra Biberbach is chief executive of PAS and is on the board of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

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Brighton Waste House completed

Construction of a house made entirely from waste has been completed at the University of Brighton.

The house, which was built by apprentices, students and volunteers, was made from 20,000 toothbrushes, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs, 2,000 used carpet tiles and two tonnes of denim jeans, according to

It is the first permanent building in the UK to be built from waste and discarded materials and was built to test the performance of these resources.

DS Smith publishes zero waste white paper

Recycled packaging firm DS Smith has released a white paper, One Step Away from Zero Waste, which stresses the importance of collaboration across all parts of the supply chain to develop a circular economy.

The paper was developed by the company’s Supply Cycle Think Tank and covers a range of “enablers and blockers” surrounding product design, business models and reverse networks.

Mathew Prosser, the company’s European commercial director, said: “Instead of treating waste as waste we need to see the value in it. There needs to be recognition of the cost, environmental and sustainable benefits of turning these materials back into something useful once more, rather than directing waste to waste-to-energy or landfill sites.”

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