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News round-up 30/7

Grundon to process county’s road sweepings; Drax continues ESG contract; Smurfit Kappa reports 38% growth; Metal dealer fined

Grundon to process county’s road sweepings

Road sweepings from across Oxfordshire will be processed at Grundon Waste Management’s new £1.3m treatment and recovery facility in Ewelme, under a partnership with the county council.

Around 5,000 tonnes of sweepings - including leaves, sand, grit and metals - are collected each year by operators working for five district councils.

They had been landfilled since the Environment Agency banned their composting in 2012 because of concerns about contaminants such as nickel, copper and zinc.

Press release

Drax continues ESG contract

Drax Group has awarded ESG a five-year contract to continue fuel testing and analysis work at its plant (pictured) near Selby, continuing a seven-year partnership between them. 

ESG will provide biofuel testing services for Drax’s road, rail, and ship consignments, and operate a UKAS-accredited sample preparation laboratory.

The company said the laboratory to would develop its work in line with the energy industry’s shift to renewable and recyclable fuels.

Press release

Smurfit Kappa reports 38% growth

Paper packaging firm Smurfit Kappa Group has announced a 38% pre-exceptional earnings-per-share growth in the first half of the year.

Smurfit Kappa chief executive, Gary McGann said: “European corrugated packaging volumes have grown by over 4% in the first half of 2015 so the containerboard market has continued to tighten.

“As a result the company has is achieving virgin and recycled containerboard price increases, which are expected to support higher corrugated pricing at the backend of the year and into 2016.”

Press release

Fine for Derbyshire metal dealer

A Derbyshire man has been told to pay back more than £2,000 after being prosecuted for collecting scrap metal without a licence.

James Simpkin, 38, is believed to be the first person to be charged with the offence in South Derbyshire since new regulations were put in place two years ago.

Simpkin was caught in a joint operation between South Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire Police after a tip-off from a member of the public.

Burton Mail

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