Commingled collections and incentivised recycling are two key areas Veolia Environmental Services will be focusing on going forward as announced in their second waste manifesto.
Launched at waste management event Futuresource, the Waste Manifesto 2 - following on from the first one last year - highlights VES’s areas it hopes to work on over the next year.
· Waste management and Climate Change
· Environmental permitting and exemptions
· Integrated PFI contracts
· Anaerobic digestion
· Co-mingled collection
· Hazardous waste
· Improving glass recycling
· Incinerator bottom ash
· Incentivised recycling
· Compost-like-output (CLO)
· Combined heat and power
· Community Engagement
Referring to the announcement the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Caroline Spelman’s on Tuesday (15 June) that the Government will carry out a review of the country’s waste policies, VES executive director Paul Levett said: “I’m sure that most of the issues that will be addressed in that review are the very issues that we have here today. So, this is the first step for our input for that review.”
Levett said landfill tax has been “very, very important” in driving the market over the past 18 months. He said there is a short-term issue that this has affected demand for landfill and therefore supply, which could lead to a shortage of landfill in the next few years.
Of commingled collections, Levett explained there is a continuous trend towards comingled collection. He said it is because it tends to be the most efficient solution for local authorities to collect recycling, as it collects higher tonnages of materials and can be easier for residents.
Addressing the Government’s announcement that it would be supporting the Recycle Bank scheme, which is in place in Windsor and Maidenhead and is managed by VES, Levett said:” I do think [incentive schemes are] something we’ll see growing significantly in the coming months.” But told MRW that the Government withdrawing the pay as you throw option for local authorities was “irrelevant” after none of them came forward to pilot the scheme with the previous Labour Government.
The creation and exportation of solid recovered fuel, biofuels for its vehicles and advanced thermal treatment technologies are other areas VES will also be looking into.