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News round-up 3/3

Organic recyclers win council contract; Appliance lifespan warning; WRAP food waste plea; AD trade show award

Organic recyclers win £2.7m contract with Moray Council

Keenan Recycling has secured a new five-year contract worth £2.7m with Moray Council.

The Aberdeenshire-based specialist recycling firm previously held a 10 year contract to process mixed organic waste on behalf of the council.

The latest deal includes an option to extend the latest contract for a further 12 months.

Moray Council currently provides kerbside collections of mixed, green and food waste from 44,000 households in Moray. Keenan Recycling’s latest contract will see it process around 12,000 tonnes of municipal food and green waste each year.

Daily Record

Lifespan of consumer electronics is getting shorter, study finds

Electronic product life spans are getting shorter, an investigation for the German environment agency has indicated.

But consumers’ desire to replace products such as flat-screen TVs with newer models is also a major factor in what the research identified as increasingly wasteful consumption of electronic goods.

The agency asked Öko-Institut researchers to examine consumers’ reasons for replacing appliances with a view to establishing whether manufacturers were purposefully shortening product life spans to prop up sales, a phenomenon known as built-in obsolescence.

The researchers did not draw a firm conclusion on the phenomenon but noted that the proportion of all units sold to replace a defective appliance grew from 3.5% in 2004 to 8.3% in 2012, in what they deemed a “remarkable” increase.

The Guardian

Extending product life can cut food waste

WRAP estimates that an increase of just one day on product life across a range of foods could prevent around 250,000 tonnes of food waste each year, in households and in the supply chain, by giving consumers longer to eat the food they buy.

In new report – Reducing food waste by extending product life – WRAP has assessed the amount of product life available to consumers on shelf, and reviewed how product life codes such as ‘Use-by’ and ‘Best-before’ dates are currently set by retailers, brands and food manufacturers.

Press release

AD trade show wins award

UK AD & Biogas, the UK’s only trade show focusing exclusively on anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas, has been recognised for excellence in exhibitions at The Association Excellence Awards 2015.

Event co-ordinator Kelly Oxenham said: “It’s hugely rewarding to see UK AD & Biogas, which first started from scratch in 2010, grow in space by almost 500%; showcasing the latest AD technology and services from 250 exhibitors, and attracting 3,000 visitors from key sectors including farming, food and drink, local authorities, waste management, utilities, transport.”

Press release


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