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News round-up August 2018

Recycled plastic takes to the water; Tesco resurfaces in plastic; TV show for Viridor; Label scheme builds membership

Recycled plastic takes to the water

Environmental charity Hubbub has launched PET Project, only the second boat in the world to be made from 99% plastic waste.It has been funded equally by the Starbucks 5p paper cup charge and Tideway, which is building the ‘super sewer’ under London.

PET Project’ is made from recycled single-use plastic and will be used to raise awareness of plastic pollution in waterways and oceans and to make plastic ‘fishing’ trips to remove debris from the Thames near its Richmond, south-west London, mooring.

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Tesco resurfaces in plastic

Tesco plastic car park

Tesco plastic car park

Retailer Tesco has resurfaced a store car park using the equivalent weight of 225,000 plastic carrier bags. It said its work at a Tesco Extra store at Cuckoo Bridge, Dumfries, had saved more than 900kg of plastic from going to landfill.

The plastic is mixed with asphalt without the need to alter the equipment normally used to make and install the asphalt.

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TV show for Viridor



Viridor is to feature in a BBC4 documentary on the history of landfill and how sites operate. ‘The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History’. Will air on 23 August at 9pm showing Viridor’s Dunbar site, which a film crew visited for three days. During the 90-minute documentary, viewers will see interviews, scientific experiments and how waste is handled.

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Label scheme builds membership

OPRL labels


The On-Pack Recycling Label’s scheme’s membership has past 250, with more than 60 new members so far this year, Executive director Stuart Lendrum, said OPRL’s services and membership categories opened up “just as public sentiment and political interest, inspired by Blue Planet II, challenged brands, retailers and the packaging industry to step up action on the design and recyclability of packaging, and to communicate this more effectively to consumers”.

OPRL operates the UK-wide On-Pack Recycling Label scheme used by over 600 brands.

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Bag maker invests £1m



Polythene mailing bag manufacturer Duo UK has committed to invest £1m in its Manchester factory to respond to further expected demand for sustainable packaging.

Commercial director Anthony Brimelow, said: “We believe that packaging is a necessity, but one that doesn’t have to put as much of a strain on the earth’s natural resources. We’re committed to reducing our dependency on virgin plastic, by recycling and re-using packaging waste, and sourcing and using renewable materials.”

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T2e trades 2018’s millionth tonne



The millionth tonne of packaging waste PRNs was traded on the t2e exchange on 17 August, which provides platform for trading the notes.

This was the earliest this tearing milestone has ever been reached, and 10 weeks earlier than in 2017.There were 414,568 tonnes traded in the spot market and 585,823 tonnes in forward markets.

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Roydon sold to managers

Roydon Group


Roydon group has completed a management buy out, assisted by Sedulo Corporate Finance. The Swinton based group comprises five companies which specialise in plastics.

A statement by the new management said: “We’re very excited to have completed this transaction and are looking forward to the next few years as we enter a new stage in the Roydon journey.”

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Broad clears massive illegal dump

Broad Environmental


Broad Environmental has removed more than 66,000 tonnes of illegally dumped waste at a storage site at Warrington docks.

It said the 18-moths operation was one of the largest clean-ups of industrial waste in the UK, and more than 94% was recovered. A video shows the scale of the work.

The site was formerly occupied by Asset and Land Group.

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Digestate down on the farm

Digestate on farm


Anaerobic digestion firm Andigestion has started to supply farmers with ‘digestate’ as a mineral-rich, liquid fertiliser.

It can be spread on arable crops or pasture and the company said it was significantly cheaper and more environmentally friendly than mass produced, chemical fertilisers.

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Recoup calls for plastics action

plastic waste


Plastics recycling charity Recoup has said it has seen a surge in membership enquiries as political and public attention upon plastic pollution grows.

Chief executive Stuart Foster said there had been a fundamental shift in attitudes in towards improved long-term use of resources and the development of circular economy models, but “the danger now is that meaningful action to capitalise on all of this is delayed while the wider debate heightens”.

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Recyclers and packaging firms meet

2000 ellin schuetzeberg robinson quality first conference


The Recycling Association has been invited to be a partner at The Packaging Innovations Show taking place on 12 and 13 September at Olympia, London to help the packaging sector “raise its recycling game”.

Association chief executive Simon Ellin, pictured, said: “Recycling is high on the public agenda. They want it to be easy, effective and transparent.

”But there is a realisation that this is impossible if packaging and products are not designed for recyclability. Recyclers are good, but we’re not magicians.” 

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MEP’s fact-finding visit to Axion Polymers

axion julie girling visit 11

axion julie girling visit 11

Axion Polymers hosted a fact-finding visit to its two Manchester recycling facilities by the lead MEP and appointed Rapporteur for drawing up regulations on persistent organic pollutants.

Julie Girling, MEP for South West England and Gibraltar, viewed the complex processes used to extract plastics from end-of-life vehicles at Axion’s Trafford Park and Salford sites during her tour in August.

Invited by Keith Freegard, Axion Polymers associate consultant, she learnt how Axpoly recycled polymers, derived from automotive shredder residue and electrical end-of-life feedstocks, are extracted and processed for use in a variety of new items, from drainage and ventilation products to vehicle components.

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Viridor and Sepa discuss recycling tech

newhouse viridor sepa

newhouse viridor sepa

Viridor and its parent company Pennon have hosted Scottish Environmental Protection Agency chief executive Terry A’Hearn at the company’s £25m Scottish glass recycling facility at Newhouse.

A’Hearn was given a tour of plant which features advanced recycling technology from across the globe. The centre encompasses some 15 ‘scientific eye’ optical sorters, x-ray sorters, over ½ km of conveyer belts and 2.5km of electrical cabling across three floors of processing towers.

Ed Mitchell, Pennon environment director, met Mr A’Hearn for discussions on the opportunities and challenges of Scotland’s ambitious circular economy and how to co-operate and collaborate on retaining more of Scotland’s glass resource in the country.

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Leicester firm expands



Leicester-based Wastecycle has spent more than £120,000 on installing new recycling plant at its Whetstone site, one of three it operates in the city. It has installed a new feed hopper, trommel screen, Windshifter and pick station and has improved the main pick station.

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Jersey charges over clothes recycling

jersey flag


Michelle Anne Yuksel , who had a recycling business exporting second-hand clothes to developing countries, has appeared in Jersey’s Magistrate’s Court charged with fraudulently using more than £200,000 given for items for her own use.

The 10 charges date from between December 2010 and December 2013.

Yuksel was granted bail, to return for her next court hearing on the 11 September, when the case will be committed to Jersey’s Royal Court.

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Chill Out campaign targets food waste

Food campaign


North London Waste Authority has engaged 10,000 people in its food waste reduction campaign Chill Out This Summer. This encourages residents to share ideas about how to store and use fresh food in summer, with the chance to win £350 travel vouchers. It said the average household could save about £60 a month by reducing food waste.

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Peel proceeds with Protos

Protos site artist impression


Peel and operator Covanta are set to press forward with an energy-from-waste facility at the 126-acre Protos energy park. The facility will provide up to 49mw of energy with a throughput of around 350,000 tonnes of waste per year and will be operated by Covanta.

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Repic helps out RAF

Weee pile


WEEE compliance scheme Repic has helped RAF Waddington, in Lincolnshire, to dispose of more than two tonnes waste electrical and electronic equipment.

The RAF faced a large cost as this was classified as commercial waste, but Repic agreed to collect the waste and arrange recycling for free as a gesture of goodwill towards the RAF, using Grantham-based Environcom.

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