Food and drink sector reduces landfill reliance; Cloud software for environmental compliance; Construction company fined for waste offences; Milton Keynes waste park commended
Food and drink manufacturers reduce packaging waste to landfill
Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have reduced food and packaging waste sent to landfill to 3%, according to an update of its Environmental Ambition report.
FDF members are now focusing on further reducing mixed waste to reach the zero waste to landfill target by the end of 2015.
The FDF Five-fold Environmental Ambition progress report published on 28 January details major improvements in sustainability performance in food and drink manufacturing operations since 2007.
Members of the federation also achieved a reduction of 664,000 tonnes of CO2, have reduced water use by 15.6% and delivered a 4.5% reduction in the carbon impact of packaging against the 2015 zero increase target of the WRAP Courtauld Commitment.
Cloud software for environmental compliance
A new cloud-based range of compliance software, data and consultancy services has been created to enable manufacturers across the world to more easily comply with global extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations and to meet their reporting obligations.
Consultancy Lorax Compliance offers the software as a solution for worldwide waste recycling regulations on packaging, WEEE and batteries.
The firm claims the system fully automates the compliance processes of global fee calculation and mandatory reporting, easing and simplifying the process of legislation compliance, while delivering a more cost-effective solution.
This is underpinned by consultancy and data collection services.
Construction company fined £1,500 for waste offences
Down Developments has pleaded guilty and been fined £1,500 for three charges of unauthorised waste offending at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court.
The Craigavon-based construction company was also ordered to pay court costs of £10, an offenders’ levy of £15 and a compensation order of £3,454.
Following an investigation by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the company was found guilty of treating and depositing waste including concrete, brick, soil, clay, plastic, treated wood and metals, at its base in Quarry Business Park, Craigavon, between January and September 2013.
Milton Keynes waste park commended
Milton Keynes Council and its contractor AmeyCespa have been commended in the ‘Innovative Planning Practice in Decision Taking’ category of the Royal Town Planning Institute South East Planning Awards 2014, for the Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park (MKWRP).
The award recognises outstanding use of development management processes. MKWRP was also shortlisted in the same category of the National Royal Town Planning Institute Awards.
The planning application for MKWRP, received only two objections.
Prior to submitting the planning application, a wide-ranging programme of consultation with the local community was carried out which included public exhibition events, newsletters to local residents, attendance of parish council meetings, individual meetings with local businesses and the formation of a Community Liaison Group which is still in place now.