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News round-up 5/2

CPI appoints Weston; Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire waste exports; PIM licence agreement; Shanks hazardous waste purchase; VEKA recycling expands Midlands plant

Simon Weston appointed at CPI

The Confederation of Paper Industries has appointed Simon Weston (above) as its director of raw materials.

Simon joins CPI with 20 years’ experience of working in the paper industry. He joined the senior management team of the Smurfit Kappa SSK paper mill in 1995 as managing director of the raw material procurement arm Midlands Paper Recycling, before moving to a similar role at the solid board box maker, Kappa Corby in 2000.

In 2005 he was asked to lead the newly consolidated Smurfit Kappa Recycling, where he has worked until recently.

Before joining the industry he worked in a variety of roles in the City of London, the defence industry and as a military officer.

Press Release

Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire’s waste to be exported

Non-recyclable waste collected from homes and businesses in Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire is to be sent overseas.

Ceredigion council said the move will save both authorities £350,000 a year and create 11 jobs on Pembroke Dock.

The rubbish will be exported to Sweden where it will be used at a power station to generate heat and electricity.

It will be processed at sites at Pembroke Port and Lampeter to remove recyclables before being shipped.

BBC News

North American PIM Licence Agreement signed

Environmental Recycling Technologies, the patent rights holder to the Powder Impression Moulding (“PIM”) process, has announced that it has granted a non-exclusive licence to Earth Enterprises of Colorado, USA.

The PIM process converts mixed waste plastics into commercially viable products.

The licence granted allows for the manufacture and sale of flat sheet products in the United States. Under the terms of the licence, Earth Enterprises will pay ERT a licence and knowledge transfer fee of $150,000. In addition to this sum Earth Enterprises will pay to ERT an annual royalty based on the volume of products sold.

The initial scale of the Earth Enterprises PIM production plant is scheduled to produce 40,000 units per annum with built-in capacity to expand as sales increase

Press Release

Shanks buys Netherlands hazardous waste facility

Shanks Group has signed a binding agreement to acquire a hazardous waste treatment facility in the Netherlands.

Situated in Farmsum, in the northern Dutch province of Groningen, the site has been purchased from AB Civiel Beheer BV for €3.75m (£2.8m). The site, a former production facility of Rohm and Haas, comprises six hectares of land and high quality operational assets, including water and waste storage tanks, a production hall and distillation tower.

The site is close to Shanks’ Reym North East regional headquarters at Veendam and its satellite locations that serve the onshore industrial cleaning market.

Press Release

VEKA Recycling opens new Midlands centre

VEKA Recycling has doubled the size of its Midlands Recycling Centre with a move to a new 18,000 square foot site in Stourbridge due to the expansion of its PVC collection and size reduction operation. 

Simon Scholes, business administration manager for VEKA Recycling, said: “Having outgrown our former Birmingham site in just six months, our new bigger premises mean we can offer an even better service to existing and potential customers.”

“We have added a new 18-tonne curtain-sided collection vehicle at the site, which is conveniently located close to major motorways and further underlines our commitment to recycling even more post-industrial and post-consumer PVC window frame material.”

Industry Today


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