Waste firm wins healthcare award; First Resource Efficiency Pledge certificate; Resource Association joins CIWM conference; Consultation on Welsh EfW plant
Waste firm wins healthcare award
Precious metals recycling firm Betts Envirometal has beaten other NHS service providers to win “Best Financial Efficiency model” in this year’s Building Better Healthcare Awards.
The Birmingham-based company recovers precious metals from used x-ray film and laboratory waste, delivering rebates to the value of £160,000 to the NHS Estate in 2013. The company beat competitors ranging from architectural consultants to product manufacturers in the annual ceremony to reward organisations that support NHS services.
Steve Withers, general manager at Betts Envirometal, said: “With NHS budgets frozen and £20 billion savings to be found by 2015, the fact that a waste management company has won out in the Financial Efficiencies category is particularly noteworthy. Healthcare facilities managers and radiology departments should all sit up and reassess current arrangements to ensure they are getting value for money.”
Zero Waste Scotland awards first resource efficiency certificate
Managed IT Experts, an IT solutions consultancy based in Dunfermline, has become the first business in Scotland to achieve a Bronze Resource Efficiency Pledge certificate.
The Resource Efficiency Pledge has been devised by Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland, to help businesses reduce their environmental impact and save money by minimising their use of energy, water and raw materials.
Managed IT Experts pledged to develop an environmental policy, implement measures to reduce energy consumption by at least 5%, drive change by sharing experience across the business community and reduce business travel.
Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland said: “I’m delighted to see Managed IT Experts become the first organisation to successfully achieve bronze certification, and I look forward to seeing many more follow suit.”
Resource Association partners CIWM for annual conference
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has welcomed the news that the Resource Association will be partnering with CIWM for the latter’s annual conference in 2015.
ESA director general, Barry Dennis, said: “ESA are pleased that the Resource Association will be joining its partnership with CIWM for the Annual Conference in 2015. This conference is the seminal conference of the year, and by working with both organisations, we believe that the industry will have a more unified voice when engaging with government, customers and our respective members on key subjects including the circular economy, waste crime and regulation.”
He added: “Increased collaboration in 2015 is vital. With the General Elections a key focus of the parliament, it is essential that the industry works together to ensure that the key messages from our own individual members are unified into the messages of the sector.”
Opinions sought on Welsh EfW plant
Natural Resources Wales is inviting people to comment on an application from Clean Power for an environmental permit to operate a facility to recover energy and recoverable materials from waste in Cwmgwili, near Crosshands.
The environmental regulator will now carry out an in-depth assessment into the company’s proposals to find out if the proposed facility can be operated with minimal impact on local people or the environment.
Mary Youell, from Natural Resources Wales, said: “We’ll be conducting a thorough assessment of the proposals before we make any decision on whether we will allow it to go ahead.
“The application is for a facility to recover recyclable materials from commercial and domestic waste. The proposed facility will burn the residual (non-recyclable) waste in a pyrolysis plant to produce electricity. Additional electricity will also be produced by burning gas generated by the anaerobic digestion of food waste.”