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News round-up 8/7

Doncaster AD expands; Merseyside goes hi-visibility, Durapulp comes to market, EC supports UK carbon storage project

Britcon to expand Doncaster AD

Building and civil engineering contractor Britcon has won a £1.85m contract to extend an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in South Yorkshire for food waste recycler ReFood.

The extension will double the size of the plant in Doncaster making it the “largest food waste AD plant” in the UK to date.

Paul Morris, operations director at ReFood said, “We selected Britcon as principal contractor for our first UK plant in 2011 and the partnership has proved extremely successful.”

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Merseyside goes hi-visibility for summer of events

Liverpool City Council, the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and their contractors Amey and Veolia will introduce extra hi-visibility bins at high traffic areas throughout Liverpool this summer (photo above).

Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins, chair of Liverpool City Council’s neighbourhoods select committee said: “We need to increase our recycling rate using all means possible whether it is through waste produced in households or litter deposited in bins in the streets. These new bins are a way we will collect more recyclables and reduce the amount of rubbish which ends up buried in landfill.”

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DuraPulp comes to market

Swedish forestry firm Södra and UK paper and technical fibre company James Cropper have joined forces to launch a new, stronger paper product.

DuraPulp can carry the weight of an adult and be composted within 100 days. It is marketed as a lightweight alternative to plastic.

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EC supports UK carbon storage project

A UK carbon storage project has received a funding boost of €300m from the European Commission.

The White Rose project, based at the UK’s largest coal-fired power station, the Drax plant in Yorkshire, is one of Europe’s first carbon capture and storage (CCS)projects. When built, the plant would capture around 90% of its carbon dioxide emissions, and would safely store two million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum under the North Sea seabed.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said: “This is great news for Yorkshire and for Britain. White Rose will create thousands of green, local jobs and make a real difference to cutting carbon emissions.”

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