Midlands firm receives product quality boost
Midlands landscaping and recycling firm Jack Moody has received ISO accreditation for its quality management, environmental and health and safety management systems. This includes ISO:9001:2008 for customer service and product quality.
Pete Reynolds, quality manager at Jack Moody, said: “We believe that compliance to the ISO:9001 quality standard benefits all our clients and partners through improved process quality.
“We know that having consistent working practices, standardised documents and continual monitoring and evaluation of the service we deliver is beneficial to all.
“We now have an audited process that demonstrates achievement and a consistent level of service.”
Accredited certification body ACS Registrars awarded three standards to the company following extensive audits in 2012. The other two were: ISO:14001:2004 for reduced environmental impact and OHSAS18001 for occupational health and safety management systems.
AD plant will add food waste recycling at PDM
Food waste recycler PDM has started construction of its second industrial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plant under its ReFood brand. The 4.2MW plant is being built on PDM’s existing rendering and renewable energy generation site on Desoto Road, Widnes.
Once completed, it will have the capacity to handle 90,000 tonnes of commercial and domestic food waste. The £20m plant will generate enough energy for around 8,000 homes. It will also deliver 4,000kg per hour of steam and hot water.
Its construction follows the success of the first ReFood plant in Doncaster, which opened in 2011. Plans for a third plant, in London, are underway.
A nutrient-rich liquid fertiliser produced by the AD process will be used by farmers in the Widnes area to grow crops.
Philip Simpson, commercial director at PDM, said: “The Widnes AD plant adds another sustainable solution to our portfolio in the north-west.”
Bin liner means a softer landing for noisy glass
Waste container manufac-turer Taylor has launched a ‘quiet’ bin. The company claims the dBin is 22 decibels quieter than standard containers when waste such as glass is deposited in it.
Designed and patented by Taylor’s in-house research and development team, the dBin benefits from an advanced lining material.
The dBin can be bought as a complete unit or retrofitted into existing containers.
Rushcliffe Borough Council is one of the first local authorities to roll out the unit, with more than 30 situated in bring sites across its region.
Debbie Mason, council portfolio holder for the environment, said: “A number of our recycling sites are located fairly near to people’s homes. So glass breaking on to glass creates quite a noise and this has become a concern for the council.
“By using Taylor’s dBin, we have been able to overcome this problem by considerably reducing the noise. We are much happier and so are our residents.”
Recycling processes ‘unsuited to products’
Finish researchers have called for recyclability to be taken into account in product design.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, the Finnish Environment Institute (FEI) and Lappeenranta University of Technology joined together for a study on
the development needs of the waste management industry.
They found that recycling processes based on crushing were unsuited to the separation of raw materials contained in ever-more complex products.
Senior researcher Helena Dahlbo from the FEI added: “One of the key problems was found to be a lack of good quality information regarding waste composition and behaviour during the treatment and utilisation processes.”
VTT principal scientist Ulla-Maija Mroueh said: “Material recycling can be increased by making waste collection and sorting more efficient, and by improving processing and sorting methods to maximise recovery of resources.”
More demanding targets for recycling, coupled with a ban on landfill disposal of organic waste, would have a substantial impact on waste utilisation and processing, according to the study.
South-west buy for Kent data shredder
Kent-headquartered PHS Datashred has expanded its reach in the south-west with the acquisition of Exeter-based Phoenix Shredding.
Anthony Pearlgood, PHS commercial director (pictured above left, with operations director Stewart Bowles), said: “We are experiencing rising demand for our services in the data destruction sector, and continue to expand our business organically and through acquisition.
“We know that Phoenix Shredding is a strong business with loyal customers and a good workforce, and we are pleased to have a stronghold in the Exeter area.
“We can now offer customers in Exeter and Devon a more flexible range of services, including on- and off-site shredding, recycling and waste disposal services.”
Lee Graham, son of Phoenix founder Ian Graham, is staying with the business as manager of PHS Datashred in Exeter.
He said: “We’re proud of the business we have built up in Exeter and the surrounding areas. This deal with PHS Datashred means our staff and customers will benefit, and we will benefit from the advantages of being part of a major national player.”