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News round-up April 2017

Linpac sustainability award; Safety award for Hadfield; Ministers accused over green goals; ’World-first’ for dual-fuel RCVs

Linpac sustainability award

Food packaging manufacturer LINPAC has won EcoSense accreditation for its pioneering use and recycling of multi-layer plastics. The EcoSense certificate is awarded by the Spanish non-profit organisation, Plastic Sense Foundation.

Lubna Edwards, Linpac director of sustainability said: “Developing our sustainability strategy in line with a commitment to environmental care and with initiatives that are developed with a circular economy in mind, allows us to address current global challenges, such as carbon reduction, packaging and food waste.

“Linpac is a pioneer in the use of recycled plastics in food packaging and we’ve invested more than £8m in our super-cleaning technology to enable us to deliver innovative, safe and functional products as the trend towards the use of recycled plastics in food packaging grows.”

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Safety award for Hadfield

Hadfield Wood Recyclers has been awarded the RoSPA Gold Award for Health and Safety for the second year running.

The wood recycler, which has three sites in Manchester, Middlesbrough and Essex, will be presented with the award in July. 

Vicki Hughes, Hadfield’s group business development director, said: “The company has been steadily growing over the past few years and we feel it is of upmost importance that we are leading the way in areas such as health and safety. The RoSPA Award scheme has allowed us to benchmark our progress as a business on health and safety and helped us to recognise what we are doing right and where there are possible areas for improvement.”

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Ministers accused over green goals

The Environmental Audit Committee has criticised the Government for failing to set out a clear plan to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK.

Mary Creagh, chair of the committee, said: “As the UK leaves the EU, the Government has a once in a generation opportunity to use the goals to forge a cross-party consensus on sustainable development in the UK.

“However, the Government seems to regard the Goals as a developing world issue and has no clear plan to implement them domestically.”

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Liner guide for AD operators 

WRAP has published a guide to assist AD operators that accept food waste in liners.

Liners are known to increase public participation in food waste recycling, and local authorities are increasingly allowing householders to use plastic (PE) liners as opposed to more costly compostable liners. 

This poses a challenge to AD operators who process that food waste, because liners in AD systems can causes operational and quality issues. If a digestate product contains significant amounts of plastic or compostable liners, it will fail to comply with PAS 110. 

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’World-first’ for dual-fuel RCVs

fife dual use rcvs

fife dual use rcvs

What are claimned to be the world’s first dual-fuel refuse collection vehicles (RCVs), running on a combination of diesel and hydrogen are in service with Fife Council. is expected to reduce tailpipe emissions, cut vehicle running costs and reduce engine noise while making the vehicles easier and safer for crews to operate.

Fife Council bought two dual-fuel RCVs in early 2016 and, after assessing the lifecycle costs of the vehicles, purchased six more.

All eight of Fife Council’s new RCVs are based on the 26-tonne Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis, with identical Heil PowerLink bodies and Terberg bin lifters.

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Repair safety award for Lanes Group

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lanes utilities new training igloo 2

Lanes Group has won a RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for the eighth year in a row.

The achievement means the UK’s largest independent drainage and wastewater maintenance specialist retains its RoSPA Gold Medal, awarded for achieving multiple consecutive RoSPA Gold Awards.

Lanes Group Managing Director Wayne Earnshaw said: “To win the RoSPA Gold Award each year, we have to demonstrate continuous improvement. This is one aspect of this latest win that is most pleasing. Retaining our RoSPA Gold Medal tells our customers and the wider public that we set high standards, yet we are constantly striving to do better.”

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Biomass first for Sheffield

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mid uk

Mid UK Recycling has delivered its first load of biomass wood chip to a new £30m energy facility in Sheffield.

The company has won a ten-year contract to supply 25,000 tonnes of wood chip a year to the Holbrook Community Renewable Energy Centre Combined Heat and Power Plant, built by Kantor Energy.

The plant will be managed by Veolia when commissioned.

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Ex-offender joins Powerday scheme

powerday offender

powerday offender

The first delegate to come out of Powerday’s new construction employment scheme for ex-offenders has started work for the company at St George’s One Blackfriars development in Southwark, London.

Tony Hogg from Southwark, pictured left with contract manager Jack Mcveigh, obtained City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment and a CSCS Labourer Green Card late last year whilst finishing his sentence.

Launched in November 2016, the scheme is run in partnership with social enterprise Blue Sky and HMP Onley.

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Bunting expands sales team

bunting magnetics europe

bunting magnetics europe

Bunting Magnetics Europe has expanded its UK sales team with the appointment of two new sales engineers. 

Tom Higginbottom joins Bunting’s external sales team and has an engineering background, with particular knowledge of hydraulics. Tom’s focus will be face-to-face customer contact, providing onsite support and advice on solving metal contamination problems.

In a new internal role, Gordon Kerr is responsible for business development. Gordon previously held a sales and marketing position at Anglian Home Improvements and then project manager at Ceramica & Stone.

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Contractors appointed by Viridor

avonmouth viridor

avonmouth viridor

Viridor has appointed engineering contractor CNIM and Clugston Construction to build a new £252m energy recovery facility at Avonmouth near Bristol.

Construction will start this summer, with more than 600 people working on site during peak construction and 45 permanent roles created during operations.

The facility will handle 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste each year once operational in 2020 and will generate 34MW.

Pictured, standing from left to right: Stanislas Ancel, chief executive, CNIM Environment; Alan Cumming, director of capital projects and engineering, Viridor; John Clugston, chairman Clugston Group;  Claude Boutin, chief executive, CNIM EPC Contracts; Richard Greenwood – head of industry unit, Clugston Construction and Steve Radcliffe, managing director, Clugston Construction. Seated: Phil Piddington, managing director, Viridor and Nicolas Dmitrieff, chairman, CNIM

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Battery brainwave wins £30,000

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2000 carlton cummins aceleron

Carlton Cummins from Aceleron has been awarded £25,000 as the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year for developing technology to tackle battery waste by transforming end-of-life batteries into energy storage solutions. 

He was also won £5,000 in a monthly award. 

The Shell LiveWIRE programme, part of Shell’s Enterprise Development platform, is designed to recognise and reward the most inspirational young sustainability entrepreneurs that have the potential to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy.

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LSS boosts fleet

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2000 lss waste investment

LSS Waste Management, the Leeds-based waste solutions provider, has invested over £3m in the expansion of its fleet of skip and hook loading vehicles.

The company has purchased 10 Scania Skip Loaders and two Scania Hook Loaders. In addition, a further ten Scania Skip Loaders are on order for delivery later in the year, meaning the LSS fleet now totals in excess of 75.

Pictured, left to right, are: Ian Grimes, general manager; Paul Graham, operational support manager; Nigel Woolford, managing director; Brian Taylor, head of health and safety; Marcin Wojtkowski, head of traffic; and Phil Hutchinson, head of sales

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Tesco launches recyclable meat tray

linpac rfresh elite tray

linpac rfresh elite tray

Tesco has partnered with a supplier, Hilton Food Group, and Linpac to boost the recyclability potential of its plastic fresh food packaging.

The three companies worked together on Linpac’s Rfresh Elite plastic pack for meat and poultry, which is manufactured from PET typically recovered from water bottles from household waste.

The pack is fully recyclable post-consumer and features a sealant between the rigid tray and top film, which avoids the need for a PE layer and makes the mono-material easier to process.

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Bring banks brought in-house

South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership (STWWMP) which has responsibility for waste management for 627,000 residents of Gateshead, South Tyneside, and Sunderland Councils, has reorganised its bring site recycling service.

Previously, the authorities outsourced their bring site services to an external contractor, Palm.

STWWMP has now decided to rationalise the bring site service and an in-house collection model has been introduced. 

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Waste crooks target farmers

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waste crime lincolnshire bales2

Organised criminals in Lincolnshire have targeted farmers in a scam that will leave them with large clean-up costs.

The Environment Agency has dealt with two incidents where farmers were asked if they wanted tarmac road planings to repair roads and farmyards. After paying cash, both found bales of landfill waste dumped on their land instead of the expected planings, leaving them liable for the waste and a bill to transport and remove it to an authorised disposal site.

In the bigger case, approximately 2,500 bales were deposited on his land, leaving a bill of approximately £300,000. In the other, 25 bales were dumped. 

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Scottish book banks

book reuse scheme scotland

book reuse scheme scotland

Better World Books has launched book banks at Dunbar, North Berwick, Tranent, Longniddry, Musselburgh and Haddington in East Lothian.

The book banks provide the public with a convenient way to drop off the books that they no longer need.

The books collected are processed and sold online by Better World Books with every sale generating funding for Scottish Book Trust. Any books that aren’t sold are donated or recycled with none going to landfill.

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MRF picker praised

shirley grayson at mid uk recycling

shirley grayson at mid uk recycling

A night shift worker at Mid UK Recycling’s MRF near Grantham, has been thanked for rescuing a pensioner’s purse she spotted on the picking line.

After Attila Botos, pictured left, retrieved the purse, the company contacted Shirley Grayson of Castle Bytham, to return the contents – although the purse itself was too damaged.

Grayson said: “I am so grateful to Attila for being vigilant enough to spot the purse and honest enough to let her employers know she had found it. I feel incredibly lucky!”

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Powerday - Geminor RDF deal

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2000 powerday

Powerday has announced a new contract with refused-derived fuel (RDF) exporter Geminor for the export of 170,000 tonnes to Sweden.

Powerday produces RDF at its Old Oak Sidings and Enfield MRF which is taken to Sheerness Port before being shipped to Oxelösund Port in East Sweden. The fuel goes to the Hogdalen energy-from-waste facility in Stockholm, which is operated by Fortum and produces 91MW of energy per annum.

Powerday chairman Mick Crossan said: “Powerday produces a high quality RDF which suits the Fortum plants’ specification, so we are delighted to have agreed this new contract which ensures that our clients’ non-recyclable materials otherwise bound for landfill are used to maximum benefit.”

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Bank finance drives CHP project

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2000 eco hsbc31

Eco Sustainable Solutions has completed work on its new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Dorset, with support of an £8.5m finance facility from HSBC.

The company has used an equipment finance facility to purchase and build the plant and a term loan to facilitate further growth. The project has created two new full-time jobs.

Trelawney Dampney, Eco’s managing director, pictured left, said: “This new biomass plant is testament to Eco’s belief that the future relies heavily on renewable energy, so we will continue to grow and diversify our operations and look forward to working with HSBC again to help these ambitions become a reality.”

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Prize offer from Repic

powering communities

powering communities

Repic has launched an initiative to give community groups, schools and good causes the chance to win vouchers worth £500 for new electrical products.

Its ’Powering Communities’ campaign marks the 10th anniversary of the Government’s WEEE Directive, and celebrates Repic’s long-term partnerships with 10 local authorities.

The total pot of £5,000 will be split across the 10 councils, and is open to any local community group, school, or good cause – such as not-for-profit organisations and registered charities.

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Re-Gen safety record marked

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2000 re gen waste ambassador award

Re-Gen Waste, the Newry-based waste management solutions company, is celebrating an Ambassador Award from the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum for Northern Ireland (WISHNI).

The award was presented in recognition of the company’s health and safety management activity at its Newry waste management facility and remote transfer stations.

The Ambassador Award programme is an initiative developed by WISHNI to recognise health and safety best practice within the waste industry in Northern Ireland.

Pictured at Re-Gen’s Newry facility are managing director Joseph Doherty and Ali Laverty, health and safety manager.

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Gas cylinder recycling

A national trade body is issuing a reminder to the waste sector about a returns scheme for gas cylinders.

The British Compressed Gases Association works in partnership with the trade association for the LPG industry on an initiative to help civic amenity sites return cylinders to their correct owner.

Under the scheme, by calling a maximum of three numbers, the cylinders will be collected free-of-charge within 15 working days, by authorised staff carrying appropriate identification and then returned to their lawful owner. Advice can also be provided on the disposal of unbranded cylinders.

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