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News round-up 9/1

Frerot on Veolia’s future; Fire at Waste4Fuel; Cardiff bin switch; Chartered Environmentalists sought

Frerot on Veolia’s future

Veolia’s chief executive Antoine Frerot has given his outlook on the waste market and the future of his business in an interview with Reuters, saying he expects the global recycling market to grow 10%-15% per year to 40bn (£31bn) by 2020.

Veolia’s recycling turnover should more than double to about 5bn by 2020, he said.

Frerot also ruled out the possibility of a merger with other waste management giant Suez Environnement, a deal that the two companies had discussed in 2012.


New fire at Waste4Fuel

A huge pile of waste abandoned in Orpington has caught fire again. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called to the Waste4Fuel plant on 8 January and the blaze was under control by the end of the day.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters attended the incident and LFB said it was investigating the cause.

It was the latest of a long series of fires at the abandoned site in over a year. The Environment Agency has revoked Waste4Fuel’s permit and no director is left at the company.

BBC News

Cardiff to switch to larger food waste bins

Cardiff City Council has commissioned 10 additional 500-litre bins from manufacturer Taylor after the success of a trial involving a local Chinese restaurant.

The local authority plans to replace the plastic 240-litres containers used by customers that produce large quantities of food waste with the larger bins, which are made of steel.

Lucy Payne, commercial waste manager at Cardiff City Council said: “The collection crews have reported that the units are easier to manoeuvre and take less time to collect as opposed to multiple 240-litre plastic bins we’ve been using previously.

“Maximising food waste collection is one of our priorities as we strive to meet ever-increasing Welsh Government recycling targets and make Cardiff a cleaner, greener place to live.”

Press Release

Applications open for ‘Chartered Environmentalist’ qualification

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has re-launched its ‘chartered environmentalist’ grade and is calling for applications.

Tim Fox, head of energy and environment, said: “Cleantech and sustainability are sectors that have seen spectacular growth in recent decades, and having a proven track record in these fields is increasingly valued by companies, Government and educational organisations.

“Becoming a chartered environmentalist through the Institution is a straightforward process which distinguishes someone as a specialist in environmental issues.”

Press Release

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