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News round-up December 2016

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Severnside facility up and running; Amey appoints commercial waste director; Government launches microbeads consultation; Composting firm enters administration

Severnside facility up and running

Suez has begun operating its Severnside Energy Recovery Centre in South Gloucestershire, after a three-year construction and commissioning programme, as part of its public private partnership contract with the West London Waste Authority.

The project, delivered in partnership with Aberdeen Asset Management and the ITOCHU Corporation, is part of the 25-year contract to recover energy from west London’s residual waste.

The plant, which has a consented capacity of 400,000 tonnes a year, will treat residual waste produced by residents in the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames, and will export around 34 megawatts, or enough electricity to power the equivalent of 50,000 homes.

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Amey appoints commercial waste director

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Jason houghton amey

Amey has appointed a new commercial waste director to oversee its UK trade operations.

Jason Houghton will lead all aspects of the company’s commercial waste offer, including its operational, sales and customer service teams as well as recyclate end markets.

Houghton will also oversee over 40 household waste recycling centres operated by the firm on behalf of local authorities.

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Government launches microbeads consultation

A consultation to ban microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products has launched, aiming to change legislation by October 2017 and stop the material ending up in the sea.

Many companies have already taken steps to voluntarily phase them out but Defra is looking to introduce mandatory legislation.

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “Adding tiny pieces of plastic to products like face washes and body scrubs is incredibly damaging to our sea life – they can swallow them, but cannot digest them.”

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Composting firm enters administration

Composting firm Astoria Organic Matters UK has entered administration.

Administrators James Cowper Kreston are hoping to find a buyer for the assets of the company so a purchaser can take forward the firm’s proposed facility in Bedfordshire.

Astoria is the UK subsidiary of a larger goup with an operational organic waste plant in Canada and was set up to build a similar facility in Biggleswade.

It has obtained an option on a suitable site and undertaken preparation work including site specific surveys. The facility is designed with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes of waste per annum. It is estimated that between £13m and £15m will be required to build the plant.

Fines for obstructive site owner

A tenant farmer who tried to stop Environment Agency officers taking photos during a site visit has had to pay more than £400 in fines and costs at Bournemouth magistrates’ court.

David House admitted two offences of obstruction and assault following the incident at French’s Farm, Watery Lane, Upton in 17 August 2015 when officers were checking concerns the site was being used for the illegal storage and disposal of domestic and commercial waste.

During the visit, House obstructed all three officers before trying to knock a camera out the hand of an officer as he tried to take photos of the waste.

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Lawyer’s first with CIWM

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Laura Tainsh 2000

Laura Tainsh, pictured, a waste management specialist at commercial law firm Davidson Chalmers and a MRW columnist, has become the first Scottish solicitor to achieve full membership of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

Full CIWM membership required a minimum of five years’ experience operating within in the UK waste management industry.

Tainsh said: “This is an important industry recognition which underlines the skills and experience I have acquired over my 14 year career as a legal adviser, working with a broad range of clients within this sector. I am passionate about the waste sector and look forward to working with other professionals who are within the sector in the future.”

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EU signs environmental deal with Iran

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Eu and iran deal

The European Commission has signed a framework for technical cooperation on the environment with vice president of Iran and head of the department of environment, Masoumeh Ebtekar.

It will contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which calls for action at global level. A series of meetings will take place in 2017 to prepare a working program.

EU environment commissioner Karmenu Vella said: “We will focus our work on the three thematic areas, where exchanging our experience can really make a difference: Circular economy and waste management; reducing industrial emissions and improving air quality; and better water management.”

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Scots welcome second hand gifts

Four out of five Scots would be happy to receive a second hand gift this Christmas – but just under two thirds of those asked say they would be unlikely to buy one for someone else.

That’s according to new research from Zero Waste Scotland, which is driving efforts to encourage people to re-use and repair more.

It shows 80% of Scots would welcome a second-hand gift, but 65% said they would think twice about buying pre-loved for someone else.

The findings are highlighted as Zero Waste Scotland prepares to welcome two high-street chains to Scotland’s national Revolve standard – a quality certification for second-hand shopping that that lets people know they are buying from a credible retailer.

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Viridor makes hospice donation

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Viridor ford safe working

Viridor has donated £3,865 to the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Arundel from its safe working scheme.

The scheme means every month staff work safely at the firm’s Ford MRF, a contribution to a local charity can be made.

Victoria Norman, corporate fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House said of the donation: “We are extremely grateful for the support of the Viridor recycling team in West Sussex.

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Car breaker convicted of waste offences

A car breaker in Northern Ireland has been fined £500 at Omagh Magistrates’ court for breaches of waste management legislation.

In August last year officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency investigated a site, being occupied John McElroy, on the Drumnakilly Road in Omagh where a substantial quantity of end of life vehicles were being treated and stored without a waste management licence.

McElroy pleaded guilty to one charge of depositing controlled waste without holding a waste management authorization and one charge of treating waste without holding a waste management authorization.

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County Down man gets community service

A man from County Down in Northern Ireland, James Henry Green, has been sentenced at Downpatrick Crown Court to 180 hours’ community service for breaches of waste management legislation.

Between June 2013 and February 2015, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) visited a site adjacent to 37a Ballyblack Road, Newtownards where they found end of life vehicles, some of which were depolluted, still with batteries attached and oil and fluids in their engines.

Other waste observed included large amounts of various types of scrap metal being stored, outer casing of washing machines, vehicle exhausts, electrical cabling and wiring, construction and demolition type waste that included red bricks and wood, large number of vehicle tyres and baled plastics.

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EA appoints deputy chairman

Defra secretary Andrea Leadsom has appointed Richard Macdonald as deputy chairman of the Environment Agency (EA) until the end of his term as a board member on 31 May 2020.

Macdonald has been a member of the board since 1 June 2013 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Assurance, Remuneration, and the Flood & Coastal Risk Management committees. He is the lead Board member for Land Agriculture and is also area board member for West Midlands.

The role of Deputy Chair carries a responsibility allowance of £4,199 per annum.

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Manchester firm fined after fly-tip

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Manchester fly tip

A Manchester company has been forced to pay more than £1,600 after its business waste was found fly-tipped in Didsbury.

Moonlight Clothing, based in Longsight, was fined £660 and ordered to pay £898 in costs, plus a £66 victim surcharge – a total penalty of £1,624.

Manchester City Council launched an investigation after a member of the public reported a fly-tipping incident on Stenner Lane, Didsbury, in March.

Council officers responding to the call found around 40 bags of commercial waste, plus evidence linking the crime to Moonlight Clothing Ltd.

A full investigation was launched by the council’s Environmental Crimes team, who discovered that the company had handed the waste over to an unauthorised agent, rather than disposing of it legally.

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Veolia apprentices rewarded

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2000 veolia apprentices all winners

Veolia, has recognised the role apprenticeships play in business success by hosting its National Apprentice of the Year awards at the House of Commons.

The company employs more than 300 apprentices and believes it is important to grow the UK’s talent pool by providing industry focused apprenticeships.

Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice-president of Veolia UK & Ireland, states: “I believe apprenticeships hold the key to success of industry across the UK. As Business in the Community’s Responsible Business of the Year we want to help provide the training needed to close the skills gap and deliver the homegrown talent that our industry demands.”

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Encirc’s Curry is British Glass president

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Adrian curry encirc

Adrian Curry, managing director of Encirc, has been appointed president of British Glass for a two year term.

Effective from 1 January, the appointment will see Adrian join the organisation’s board and work with his industry colleagues to raise the profile of the industry as a whole.

Adrian was elected to the position at the British Glass AGM. He will take over from Davia Walmsley, the creative director at Daedalion Glass Studios, who was the first female president of the association in its 100 year history.

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Fly tip petition launched

A petition hosted on the Parliament website to increase the penalty for fly tipping has got over 500 signatures.

Launched on 25 November, the petition needs 10,000 signatures to force a Government response.

It says: “It is obvious to all that organised criminals have become involved and are profiting from fly tipping.

“There is no doubt that the crime of fly tipping is having a serious effect on the countryside, wildlife and communities - it can’t be allowed to go on.”


EU to remove green investment ‘bottlenecks’

The European Commission has pledged to remove “bottlenecks” impeding investment through its green bonds.

A study published on 2 December shows the UK and France have been the biggest issuers of the bonds in Europe since they were launched in 2007.

Environment commissioner Karmenu Vella, said: “We must double our efforts to eliminate existing bottlenecks. This will allow green bonds to help on investment needed to move towards a circular economy and fulfil our energy and climate commitments.”

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Pig found by recycling officer

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Pig floyd & bin bags 1

A recycling officer in Essex found a black micro pig amongst a pile of black bags on his rounds.

Adam McGoldrick, who works for Tendring District Council, spotted the animal outside a home in in Slade Road and called a dog warden to pick it up.

Pig Floyd was returned to Monty’s Equestrian Centre in Nansen Road, Holland-on-Sea, from where he had escaped through a hole in a fence.

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Defra pressed on CE strategy

Defra’s spokesperson in the House of Lords, Lord Gardiner of Kimble has been pressed on whether the EU’s circular economy (CE) package would be transposed into UK law.

Responding to a written question from Labour’s environment Lords spokesperson Baroness Jones of Whitchurch, he said the UK would judge which of the CE action plan’s initiatives to focus attention on.

He said: “We do not know when the negotiations on the waste legislative amendments will conclude, nor the deadline for transposing them into UK legislation.

“While the UK remains a member state, all EU obligations will continue to apply. Any future changes in the law will be subject to full scrutiny and Parliamentary debate.”

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Retailer’s call to food waste SMEs

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Chicp hummus

Tesco has called for more food-waste related businesses to sign up to its crowdfunding platform, BackIt.

Hannah McCollum, founder of ChicP, is the first food waste entrepreneur to join the platform, with her hummus made from wonky fruits and vegetables.

Her company has 46 days to raise £5,000 and has so far reached £225.

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£2.6m for NI environment projects from bag levy

Northern Ireland environment minister Michelle McIlveen has allocated £2.6m to environmental projects from money raised through the 5p plastic bag levy.

A total of 36 projects across 33 organisations have received grants of between £6,290 and £252,500 for 2017-18 from the environment fund, funded through the carrier bag levy.

Among the initiatives funded are projects to recruit and train volunteers for large scale bird monitoring surveys; carry out habitat and species conservation activities; maintain and promote long-distance walking routes; and encourage recycling.

McIlveen said: “By also using the money raised to fund environmental projects we are maximising the positive impact of the carrier bag levy.”

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