Superdry joins carrier bag scheme; Scottish council buys Taylor’s bins; UK environmental consultancy sector grows; Wood Heat Association’s inaugural conference
Superdry joins Scottish carrier bag scheme
Fashion retail chain Superdry has signed up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment, with proceeds from the carrier bag charge going to charity Trees for Life (picture above).
Legislation passed by the Scottish Government comes into effect on 20 October which requires retailers to charge 5p for a single-use carrier bag.
Paul Thomas, environmental project officer at Superdry, said: “We believe that it’s important that charities and other good causes benefit from the charge, and signing up to the Commitment allows us to promote this, as well as keeping the reporting process simple.”
Scottish council buys Taylor’s bins
North Lanarkshire Council has bought 40 Taylor’s glass recycling bins after receiving complaints that previous containers were too noisy.
The council trialled four of the 1,100-litre bins, which Taylor claims are 22 decibels quieter than standard glass recycling bins.
Kenneth Wilson, head of environment and estates at the council, said: “We appreciate that glass recycling can be noisy so we’re interested in any innovative ways to reduce noise in our communities. These new bins will help us achieve our environmental objectives for recycling and needs of our residents.”
UK environmental consultancy sector grows
The latest report from business intelligence and market research firm Environment Analyst shows that the UK environmental consultancy (EC) sector expanded by 5.2% in 2013 to stand at £1,40m. This follows a similar level of growth in 2012 and 2.3% growth in 2011, after two consecutive years of significant declines in the wake of the recession.
Environment Analyst said the UK market is set to surpass its 2008 pre-recession peak of £1,47m and is on course to grow by approximately 5% in 2014.
Listed companies included Halcrow/CH2M Hill, Atkins, Ricardo-AEA, Jacobs and Mott Macdonald.
Wood Heat Association’s inaugural conference
The Wood Heat Association (WHA), with support from the Renewable Energy Association, is launching its inaugural conference next month in Newcastle.
Wood Heat 2014 will take place at the Great North Museum in Newcastle on 20-21 November and feature input from UK and international experts from academia, government, industry and regulatory agencies.
WHA interim chairman Julian Morgan-Jones said: “As an industry, we need to be responsible, learn lessons from past experiences and ensure everyone working in this exciting industry has the knowledge, skills and standards we need to achieve sustainable growth. That’s what this conference is all about.”