Energy secretary at PlasRecycle; £1m Viridor investment; Nike and Airbus; Women in focus.
Energy secretary visits plastic bag recycling plant
The Secretary of State for energy and climate change, Ed Davey has visited PlasRecycle’s plastic bags recycling facility in Woolwich, London.
Davey said: “It is great to see this investment in innovative green technology here in the UK and great to see plastic bags being recycled for the first time ever in the UK.
“PlasRecycle’s plant is certainly impressive and its pioneering technology means local authorities and businesses no longer have to export, landfill or incinerate their waste plastic bags but have this state of the art alternative.”
Photo above: from left, PlasRecycle chief executive Duncan Grierson, Edward Davey MP, PlasRecycle chairman Paul Levett.
Viridor invests £1m in HPDE colour sorting
Viridor has invested more than £1m in a flake optical sorting station on the HDPE line at its polymer recycling facility in Skelmersdale. The new technology has increased the site’s yield of HDPE for colour-critical applications.
The site recycles 3,000 tonnes of plastic bottles each month from its local authority contracts and other private customers.
Large corporates in resource efficiency pledges
Two of the world’s biggest companies and best known brands – Nike and Airbus – have announced initiatives to increase their resource efficiency.
Airbus has announced the creation of an ‘Airbus Composite Recycling Advisory Board’ to help establish a vision, strategy, objectives and roadmap for recycling and reusing composite materials.
Global sportswear manufacturer, Nike intends to cut the weight shoebox packaging by 10% by 2015, saying it needs to be “lightweight and waste-efficient”.
Veolia seeks to recruit more women
Veolia has committed to visit at least 20 universities across the UK by the end of the year to promote STEM careers to female students.
These range from biochemistry to mechanical engineering, soil science to chemical analytics. The company has also pledged to further increase the percentage of women at all levels in its business through genuine engagement with organisations such as the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, the Women in Business Club at London Business School and the Inspiring Women Campaign.