Wales to halve food waste; Second phase of container facility; Oil rig recycling; New chairman for family firm
Wales to halve food waste
Lesley Griffiths, environment secretary in the Welsh government, has announced a consultation on a non-statutory target to halve food waste by 2025, against a 2006-07 baseline.
Griffiths made the announcement as she welcomed her opposite number in Scotland, Roseanna Cunningham, to Wales. Scotland was the first country in the UK to set a food waste reduction target.
Recent WRAP figures show a reduction of household food waste in Wales of 12% between 2009 and 2015.
Second phase of container facility
Pentalver Transport, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming, has started work on the second phase of a container facility at DP World London Gateway, the UK deep-sea container port and logistics park on the River Thames (pictured).
Pentalver opened the first phase of the facility in 2015 and this new development will add 40% additional capacity to the Pentalver operation at the four-year-old port.
Chris Lawrenson, managing director of Pentalver, said: “Pentalver has a great working relationship with DP World at London Gateway and Southampton. As container service providers to common customers, it is imperative that container infrastructure is available to work alongside the state-of-the-art terminal facilities.”
Oil rig recycling
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The 12,000-tonne Buchan Alpha oil production vessel (pictured) has arrived at the Dales Vose site in Lerwick to be decommissioned by recycling partners Veolia and Peterson.
It is believed to be the first major North Sea floating production vessel facility to be disposed of in Scotland.
Buchan Alpha was built in 1973 as a drilling rig and converted for production purposes in Stornoway between 1978-80.
New chairman for family firm
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NWH Group has appointed John McCormick as its chairman, five years after he joined as a non-executive director.
The company provides industrial services such as waste recycling, road sweepers, concrete and aggregate supplies, skip hire and winter gritting services.
Established in 1967, it is a second generation family-run business which employs 275 staff at five sites, Dalkeith, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Kirkcaldy.
Driver’s mate now on board
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Phil Gudgeon is the new director of waste collection and logistics at Cawleys Waste Management – two decades after joining the industry as a driver’s mate.
Gudgeon began his career aged 19 and has worked as a loader, dustcart driver, manager of a sales team and depot manager.
In 2013, he joined Cawleys as waste collection manager and was most recently head of waste collection before his appointment to the board.
NLWA joins CEWEP
The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has joined the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP).
CEWEP president Ferdinand Kleppmann said the North London Heat and Power Project showed that NLWA shared CEWEP’s goals of ”landfill diversion, energy and resource efficiency and high environmental standards”.
NLWA is responsible for the management of waste collected in seven London boroughs. The Edmonton EfW plant processes around 500,000 tonnes of residual waste yearly.
Coffey visits Coca-Cola recycling plant
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Resources minister Therese Coffey took a trip round Clean Tech UK in Hemswell, Lincolnshire, the plastic bottle recycling plant partnered with Coca-Cola.
Coca-Cola European Partners recently announced a plan to double the amount of recycled PET used in all its bottles by 2020.
Coffey said: “It is really encouraging to see Coca-Cola embracing sustainable packaging options to help reduce waste, make better use of resources and encourage more people to recycle and cut littering. I hope more companies will follow suit with steps to make their products more sustainable.”
Bio-buses on the agenda
The role of biomethane in fuelling buses and municipal, light-duty and heavy-goods vehicles will be the key theme of the third ADBA Biomethane and Gas Vehicle Conference, on 28 September at the Queen’s Hotel, Leeds.
The event will highlight UK cities and businesses that are opting for biomethane vehicles to meet Clean Air Zone requirements and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Earlier this year Nottingham City Transport (NCT), which will be speaking at the event, unveiled a £17m double-deck Bio-Gas bus fleet, the largest of its kind in the world, while six major UK fleet operators are currently trialling 81 gas-fuelled HGVs in what has been described as the UK’s largest biomethane fuel trial to date.
Whitkirk’s sales appointment
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Yorkshire-based Whitkirk Waste Solutions, which is part of the £50m Bowring Group, has appointed Phil Schofield as sales manager.
The appointment comes as the company looks to build in the food and drinks sector, where it specialises in wet waste tankering, disposal and secure destruction for several high profile, global brands.
Schofield joins from Acumen Waste in Leeds where he spent four years as sales manager. In his new role, he will focus on business development, targeting new sectors and introducing new services.
Contract win for Grundon
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Grundon Waste Management has won a long-term contract with operator Severn Waste Services to recycle air pollution control residue (APCr) from the new EnviRecover energy-from-waste (EfW) facility at Hartlebury in Worcestershire, pictured.
The deal will see the waste removed by Grundon’s specialist tanker fleet and taken to Carbon8 Aggregates’ newest facility at Avonmouth, near Bristol, where it will be converted into carbon negative aggregate.
Stephen Roscoe, Grundon’s technical director, said: “Grundon and Carbon8 are delighted to have secured this contract with Severn Waste Services. It demonstrates their commitment to choosing a sustainable route for the management of APCr, as opposed to sending it to landfill, and strengthens our position as the market leader in APCr recycling.”
Nap for Tamar Energy
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All five of Tamar Energy’s UK anaerobic digestion (AD) plants now meet PAS 110, the key industry standard, demonstrating the highest quality and consistency of the nutrient-rich digestate produced through AD at each plant.
It is achieved through a formal application process that sees numerous samples submitted for testing over a period of time.
With Tamar’s plants in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire and Halstead, Essex recently being awarded PAS 110, Tamar now produces more than 211,000 tonnes of premium grade biofertiliser and soil conditioner at every one of its AD, open windrow and in-vessel composting sites.
Brand new Axion
Axion Consulting has rebranded simply as Axion with a new website – www.axiongroup.co.uk - to reinforce its positioning as ‘circular economy specialists’.
The company’s recycled polymers will still be supplied under the Axion Polymers branding, with its marketing and product documents being revised.
Axion’s consultancy services are offered under the new name with the tagline: ‘Working towards a world where nothing goes to waste’.
New transfer station
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Yorwaste has opened a £3m waste transfer station on the outskirts of York.
The Harewood Whin facility will handle 75,000 tonnes of waste each year from households in the City of York and Selby District Council areas, as well as Yorwaste’s commercial customers in North Yorkshire.
Waste will be sorted and bulked before being taken for final disposal at the Allerton Waste Recovery Park, off the A1 at Knaresborough, which is due to start accepting waste in August.