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News round-up December 2018

Laundary textiles saved; WRA officially launches Fire Prevention Plan Guide; Veolia outlines carbon savings; Palm Paper’s new paper separation mill

Laundary textiles saved

A new commercial cleaning operation designed to tackle the UK’s mounting textile waste issue has been launched following a successful two-year pilot.

Bradford-headquartered Regenex was founded in 2016 by David Midgley, Paul Hamilton and Matthew Whitehead. The company processed 300 tonnes of otherwise-condemned material from laundaries during the pilot project,100% of which would have otherwise been ragged or landfilled. Three-quarters has been successfully reclaimed and returned to commercial laundries. 

This UK laundry market reportedly processes almost 750,000 tonnes of hotel linen and towels, plus workwear garments, and linen for the healthcare sector, per annum. 

Press release

WRA officially launches Fire Prevention Plan Guide

wood

wood

The Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) officially launched its Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) Guide at its members’ winter meeting in Coventry.

The document is the first sector-specific guide on FPPs to be produced. It has taken more than a year for the WRA to develop it, which it has done in close association with the Environment Agency.

The guide outlines the different fraction sizes of waste wood that may be stored and the differences in their storage requirements, as well as talking about seasonality challenges faced by the industry and how to explain these in an FPP.

Press release

Veolia outlines carbon savings

veolia pic with carbon savings pr

veolia pic with carbon savings pr

Research conducted by Veolia and Imperial College has found the waste and resource sector is projected to single-handedly save over 200 million tonnes of carbon emissions between the years 2023 - 2032, with more than 10% contributed to the UK’s anticipated carbon budget shortfall during this time period.

Veolia expects to deliver over 8 million tonnes of this total. The company called for more energy-from-waste district heating schemes to be constructed in order to further boost carbon savings.

Richard Kirkman, chief technology and innovation officer, said: “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is essential to controlling climate change. Veolia, and the resource sector more broadly, has the technology at its disposal and the willpower to ensure not only Britain upholds its carbon commitments but is the bellwether for green and sustainable alternatives”

Press release 

Palm Paper’s new paper separation mill 

mick george

mick george

Having gained approval from West Norfolk Council earlier this year, work will imminently get underway on a new paper separation plant in Kings Lynn, operated by Palm Paper Ltd.

Local construction specialist Mick George Ltd acting on behalf of Brooks and Wood Ltd will shortly commence earthworks on the ‘back-up’ site that will be located to the north of Saddle Bow. 

Michael George, contracting director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’As a handler and recycler of various commodities ourselves, the business is well placed to recognise the importance of facilities such as those being created in this instance.’’

Press release

Corona says cheers to plastic-free rings

corona cans and bottles

corona cans and bottles

Corona has said it is the first global beer brand to try out plastic-free six pack rings. These will be piloted initially in Mexico, with plans to extend this to the UK during 2019.

The company said its plastic-free rings were made from plant-based biodegradable fibres that break down into organic material that is harmless to wildlife, whereas industry standard plastic rings used a photodegradable form of polyethylene that results in increasingly smaller pieces of plastic if not recycled.

Press release

Trio of companies bought by Hamilton

David Hamilton

 

Edinburgh-based Hamilton Waste and Recycling has bought Citiwaste Recycling, Tartan Waste and Colinton Skips. Director David Hamilton (pictured) said: “These acquisitions, together with our plans to run Edinburgh’s first electric waste collection fleet, show our commitment to growing our commercial waste business in Edinburgh and helping local businesses to further improve their environmental performance.”

Press release

PET tray recycling guidance out

PET tray

 

Petcore Europe and Plastics Recyclers Europe have published Design for Recycling Guidelines for PET trays in food applications.  The guidelines have been developed by the PET Thermoforms Working Group to encourage improved design of packaging for recycling.

Press release

Sharps system cuts plastics use

hospital waste

 

Stericycle’s Bio Systems Sharps Management service avoided 450 tonnes of single-use plastic from being burned through the implementation of reusable sharps containers, the company has said.

This process reduces the environmental impact of sharps disposal as it requires no single-use plastic packaging and diminishes carbon emissions from incineration. Bio Systems containers are tracked through optical scanning for compliance and full traceability.

Press release

Call to ban landfilling of food waste

Philip Simpson

 

Food waste recycler ReFood has urged the government to rethink household refuse collection services, after its research found recycling, sustainability and ethics had overtaken price as the biggest influences on consumer buying decisions.

Commercial director Philip Simpson (pictured) called for a ban on sending food waste to landfill, where he said policy in England lagged behind the rest of the UK

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