DIT appoints Resource Futures for Dubai expo; Valpak’s council WEEE collection fund; Residual waste test for Viridor MRF; EMR survey reveals need for recycling instructions
DIT appoints Resource Futures for Dubai expo
As construction begins on the eye-catching UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Department for International Trade has tasked independent environmental consultancy, Resource Futures, to lead a team to explore decommissioning possibilities.
Resource Futures, with a team that includes Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and Victoria Bond Consulting, will assess the future of the UK Pavilion post event. The centrepiece of the design will be a 20-metre-high cone-shaped, cross laminated timber construction, which will be the focus of the UK’s presence at the international exhibition from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.
In accordance with Expo’s target for the site to be restored post event and for each Country Pavilion to redeploy, recycle or return 75% of construction materials back to the manufacturer, Resource Futures and collaborators will focus on ensuring the maximum amount of materials are diverted from landfill.
Valpak’s council WEEE collection fund
Valpak Retail WEEE Services has announced the next round of its project fund for local authorities is now open for applications.
Under the UK WEEE regulations, distributors of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are required to either offer in store take back or join the Distributor Take Back Scheme (DTS).
In order to help increase and encourage collection, reuse and recycling local authorities can now apply for DTS funding for specific WEEE collection projects.
Residual waste test for Viridor MRF
Viridor’s new MRF for residual waste at Bargeddie in North Lanarkshire has reached its testing phase.
The £22m fully enclosed recycling hub is at the centre of the Clyde Valley Partnership, a consortium of five local authorities led by North Lanarkshire Council (and including East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire and North Ayrshire). Each will work in collaboration to deliver improved recycling and residual waste treatment.
Waste from North Lanarkshire is now being delivered and processed through the plant’s systems. The next step will be to gradually increase the amount of waste, allowing the site team to make final adjustments before the Clyde Valley Partnership contract officially commences in December.
Ron Hardy, local authority contracts manager for Viridor in North Lanarkshire, said: “This is an exciting project which, when fully operational, will see the Bargeddie Hub divert up to 190,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste away from landfill annually and play a crucial role in delivering Scotland’s ambition to achieve a zero-waste, circular economy.”
EMR survey reveals need for recycling instructions
Almost a quarter of UK adults would be encouraged to recycle at home more if there were clearer instructions on product packaging about whether a product can or cannot be recycled, according to the results of a recent YouGov survey.
The results of the survey commissioned by EMR Metal Recycling come at a time when it is almost certain that the UK will miss its EU target of recycling 50% of all household waste by 2020.
Andrew Brady, EMR UK chief executive, said: “It is important to consider the impact of waste for future generations. With our free schools programme, we want to influence the generations that can make a real difference to recycling rates.”
Cory featured on Channel 5
cory tugboat in front of efw
Viewers the Channel 5 documentary The Secret World of Your Rubbish will have seen Cory’s lighterage operations in action. The film crew followed operations for two days and spoke to crew about what it’s like to work on the River Thames.
Cory has a long history of operating on the Thames, it has been used it for over 120 years as the main form of transport for the business.
A Cory statement read: “We have always transported fuel up and down the river, whether this is coal as was the case when the business was first set up, or the non-recyclable residual waste that we transport to our energy-from-waste facility today.”
Reconomy on-site monitoring link-up with BRE
data entered onto the reconomy portal will now automate the population of the smart waste system
Outsourced waste management and recycling services provider Reconomy has linked its customer system with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) environmental and site monitoring software, SmartWaste.
The development, which uses the latest API (application programming interface) technology, will mean that data entered into Reconomy’s online waste management portal, can then be used to automate the population of the SmartWaste system, simplifying the data inputting process.
Jody Fullman, Reconomy’s chief information officer, said: “The successful integration of The Reconomy Portal with BRE’s SmartWaste system is another example of how we are utilising technology to further improve the customer experience and remove the ‘hassles’ regularly associated with waste management.”
Clear way for glass to cement position
Scientists based in South Yorkshire and 27 European partners have worked together on a £9m project to incorporate waste glass into building roads.
Researchers at Glass Technology Services, and its sister company British Glass which represents the UK’s £1.6bn glass manufacturing sector, are leading on the glass element of a project which aims to work out ways to completely recycle – or close the loop - on all types of waste from the construction industry including glass, wood, ceramics, plastic and rubber.
Together with the construction company Acciona and other industry and research partners in Spain (Tecnalia), Turkey (TCMA) and Sweden (RISE CBI), they have shown that glass construction waste can be transformed into valuable reusable raw materials. One application blends finely ground waste glass - which cannot be reused in a glass furnace - with other industrial waste to produce an ”eco cement”.
Beer kegs do the round
Wyllie Recycling based in Perth, has joined the OneCircle initiative to provide a KeyKeg recycling service for breweries in Scotland.
Wyllie Recycling processes the empty kegs and ensures that the high-quality recycled plastic is sent back to KeyKeg to make new kegs – helping to close the loop. For full kegs, Wyllie Recycling’s liquid destruction service means brewers can claim back excise duty on products which haven’t sold or are out of date. Secure and fully guaranteed, all packaging is 100% recycled with zero landfill and all beverages are processed into high-quality fertilizer and renewable energy.
Currently, 30% of a KeyKeg is made from recycled material but the ambition is to make the kegs fully circular and OneCircle is a big part of meeting that goal.
Viridor moves from road to rail
trident park energy recovery facility
Viridor is cutting its annual road miles by 162,268 across the busy route between Cardiff and Bristol by switching the transport of incinerator bottom ash to rail.
The material is used as a fuel to generate electricity and approximately 172,00 tonnes of is processed by Viridor at Trident Park ERF (pictured).
Mobile phones ‘safe to recycle’
Online firm Rapid Phone Buyer has said that in the past two years it has bought more than 25,000 phones for refurbishment but pointed out that more than 79m are in use and the average buyer upgrades their model every 18 months.
Operations manager Hameed Baig said: “There is a need to educate people about getting their mobile phones recycled. Many consumers are scared that their data will be hacked but by using manufacturers guidelines every mobile phone can be set back to factory settings without any chance of getting the data restored.”
Couple fined over building waste
demo waste 2
Builder Zeeshan Hanif and his wife Iram Mansoor pleaded guilty at Stockport Magistrates to failing to dispose of waste correctly in relation to their duty of care contrary to Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Their building waste ended up fly-tipped at Whitehill Industrial Estate though they said they passed it to a carrier.
They were each fined £250 plus costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £30 each, a total of £,1360.
Councillor Sheila Bailey, cabinet member for sustainable Stockport, said: “This case should serve as a warning to people about the risks and irresponsibility of passing unwanted goods to waste carriers which are not registered.”
Commission opens ELV consultation
2000 elv vehicles
The European Commission has launched a consultation on the end-of-life vehicles directive. It said the terms of the directive require it to evaluate its workings by the end of 2020.
Responses are sought in particular about implementation, the feasibility of setting targets for reporting on specific materials and end-of-life vehicles of unknown whereabouts.
Scottish councils sign incinerator deal
Three Scottish councils have signed a contract agreed in February for a £150m residual waste incinerator project near Aberdeen (pictured).
A consortium led by Spanish construction company Acciona will build the facility for Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council and it will be operated by waste firm Indaver under a 20-year contract.
Herts day targets illegal carriers
Police tape one point four image size
A one-day combined operation by the Environment Agency, police and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has targeted the Hertfordshire borough of Broxbourne.
Seven vehicles were checked, and one lacked a valid waste carrier licence and was illegally carrying scrap metal waste. Another two were found not to be taxed.
Council gets tough on fly-tipping
ashford criol lane4 lr
Ashford Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a woman involved in an incident where domestic rubbish was found dumped in a country lane. Kayleigh Louise Wigman has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,251.50 by magistrates. The case highlights Ashford’s zero tolerance on environmental issues after the incident occurred on local farmland.
Responding to reports in January 2019 about three separate fly-tips of rubbish in Criol Lane, north of Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, council staff visited the site and sifted through the domestic waste dumped near farmland. They found items identifying a Kayleigh Louise Wigman.
Officers then issued two Section 108 Notices to Kayleigh Louise Wigman requesting information as to how these items came to be dumped in Criol Lane. Wigman did not respond or assist Ashford Borough Council with their inquiries which is a further criminal offence.
WRAP gets into Mexican food
WRAP’s international arm WRAP Global has been awarded £82,200 to help tackle an estimated 20m tonnes a year of supply chain food loss and waste in Mexico.
The funding was awarded Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 to a public-private partnership involving WRAP, retailer Walmart Mexico and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
The wasted food has been estimated to account for more than 35% of the total produced in Mexico, equivalent to about 2.5% of the country’s gross domestic product at a time when 24m of its people face food insecurity and nine million live in extreme poverty.
Suez waits on Blackburn vote
A decision is due later this month from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council on Suez Recycling and Recovery UK’s planning application for an energy recovery centre in Darwen (pictured).
Phil Riley, the council’s executive member for growth and development said when the application was made in May: “We are really pleased with the quality and quantity of engagement that’s taken place so far about this proposed development which could put the borough in the forefront of environmental technologies.”
Veolia supports local projects
veolia little woolden moss
Financial support for community and environmental projects from the Veolia Environmental Trust reached a record of £5.88m during 2018-19 financial year, the company has said, against £5.3m the previous year.
Beneficiaries included community buildings, woodlands and nature reserves, sports and play ground and parks and peatland at Little Woolden Moss (pictured).
The fund was established in 1997 under the Landfill Communities Fund.
Charities beneift from council initiative
st helens recycling rewards
Three local charities in St Helens have received donations on behalf of residents earning points for their recycling through St Helens Council’s Recycling Rewards initiative.
Charities Willowbrook Hospice. St Helens Mind and St Helens Carers Centre have shared £6,000 between them.
The scheme rewards residents with ‘green points’ for recycling more and wasting less, and some 11,500 residents now participate.
TV stars promote creator’s fly-tip app
clear waste founder martin montague
A businessman exasperated by fly-tipping has spent £250,000 of to create a free app through which people can report waste crime to local authorities.
The ClearWaste.com app gives councils the location of rubbish with photographs and also aims to help recycling rates by linking consumers with unwanted materials with those who want them.
Martin Montague (pictured), who developed the app, has launched it with a YouTube video featuring television actors John Challis and Emily Head https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUq20THEKpI
Axion invests in new capacity
axion axpoly abs grade
Investment in Axion Polymers’ Manchester plastics recycling facility has increased waste processing capacity by 30% and improved the extrusion capability of its 100% recycled polymer grades.
New equipment has removed a bottleneck in the process, allowing increased volumes of auto shredder residue from end-of-life vehicles and WEEE to be processed into Axpoly recycled polypropylene and ABS grades.
Cambodia kicks out illegal waste
plastic packaging waste
Cambodia has become the latest Asian country to order the return of illegally imported plastic waste.
Japanese website Kyodo News has reported that the Cambodian authorities have 1,592 tons of found earlier this month must be shipped back to the United States and Canada by 24 August. 24.
Importer Chungyuen Plastic Manufacture has been fined $250,000 for importing the waste in 83 containers, it said.
Prime minister Hun Sen has declared that Cambodia will not become a dumping ground for foreign waste.
Council hails return of in-house service
eastbourne waste service
Eastbourne Borough Council has taken its waste and recycling service in-house, replacing contractor Kier.
The new service named Environment First, has seen the council’s recycling collection point move to Hailsham from Uckfield, which it said would save more than 37,000 road miles a year.
Jonathan Dow, cabinet member for the environment, said there would be a much greater focus on customer support and ensuring any issues were quickly resolved.