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News round-up 6/2

Biogen Hertfordshire AD plant; NI illegal waste fine; N2S recycles 99.6%; EBA represents biomass gasification; Carlsberg sustainable bottle

Biogen opens Hertfordshire AD plant

Biogen has launched a new £12m waste food-based anaerobic digestion (AD) facility near Baldock in Hertfordshire. 

The Bygrave Lodge AD plant was designed, built and is being run by Biogen and will process 45,000 tonnes of food waste each year from supermarkets, food processors, households and the hospitality industry to generate renewable electricity for up to 4,500 homes in Hertfordshire.

The plant currently takes food waste from major names including Ocado and ASDA, local businesses Simmons Bakeries, KP Waste and The Grove Hotel and in addition to renewable energy also produces a nutrient-rich agricultural fertiliser for use on nearby farmland.

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NI land owner fined £1,000 for illegal waste

Frances Menary, of Brough Road, Castledawson, has been fined £1,000 for unauthorised waste offences, at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court.

Menary pleaded guilty to one charge of keeping controlled waste without there being in place an exemption or licence, and was also ordered to pay court costs of £34 and an offenders levy of £15.

On 17 May 2012, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency carried out a site inspection at lands on the Drumslade Road in Coleraine, where they found controlled waste in the form of concrete, brick, soil, clay, electrical cable, plastic, treated wood and textiles.

N2S recycled 99.6% IT equipment in 2014

IT lifecycle management company Network 2 Supplies (N2S) recycled 99.6% of the 800 tonnes of equipment it handled in 2014.

This was despite a 23% increase in the amount of equipment going through its sites in Bury St Edmunds and London.

Figures show 70,730 kilos of the equipment were reused and 716,790 kilos were recycled. Just 3,295 kilos were sent to landfill.

Jack Gomarsall, N2S managing director, said: “We pride ourselves on being the leaders in the pursuit for zero waste technology and to record a figure of just 0.4% of 800 tonnes going to landfill is quite remarkable, this serves as a real testimony of our ‘Green’ credentials and our commitment to the circular economy.

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EBA to represent sustainable biomass gasification

The European Biogas Association (EBA) will advocate for sustainable biomethane production from gasification of renewable organic material, according to EBA’s president Jan Štambaský.

EBA’s General Assembly made the decisiond last week during the International Biogas Congress and Trade Fair in Bremen.

According to the Green-Gas-Grids project, 60 billion m3 biomethane will come from new technologies, such as biomass gasification.

EBA decided to change its statute and to officially set up as a European association that will represent the industry and liaise with policy makers in Brussels, in order advocate for the biomethane industry and to ensure sustainable patterns of energy production.

The EBA board has also appointed Agata Prządka as the new Secretary General.

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Carlsberg to develop biodegradable wood-fibre bottle

Carlsberg has announced an agreement to develop the world’s first fully biodegradable wood-fibre bottle for beverages.

The drinks company has initiated a three-year project with packaging company ecoXpac, with the collaboration of Innovation Fund Denmark and the Technical University of Denmark, to develop a biodegradable and biobased bottle made from sustainably sourced wood-fibre, to be known as the “Green Fiber Bottle”.

All materials used in the bottle, including the cap, will be developed using bio-based and biodegradable materials, primarily, sustainably sourced wood fibres, allowing the bottle to be responsibly degraded.

The announcement was made at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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