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News round-up February 2017


Householder fined for fly-tip; Council litter hit squad nets 4,000; London coffee recycling scheme launches; New look for BPI Recycled Products

Householder fined for fly-tip

A householder in Buckinghamshire has been ordered to pay more than £1,600 for after pleading guilty to a duty of care offence linked to fly tipping.

Jaskran Singh Kular of Fulmer Road, Gerrards Cross was convicted at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 15 February, where he was fined £641 and ordered to pay £961 towards prosecution costs, plus a £64 victim surcharge.

Last June household and garden waste that had been dumped in three plastic bin was found by an enforcement officer from Buckinghamshire County Council.

This was traced to Kular, who admitted it was his waste but denied dumping it himself.

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Council litter hit squad nets 4,000

Ealing Council’s crackdown on fly-tipping since August 2016 has resulted in almost 4,000 fixed penalty notices being issued while the number of fly-tips reported to the council each week has dropped by 46%.

Four specialist enforcement teams now operate in the borough, responsible for discouraging, catching, and cleaning up after selfish individuals who flout the law by dumping waste.

In June, Ealing was one of the first London boroughs to adopt a higher rate fixed penalty notice of £400.

Press release

London coffee recycling scheme launches

Canary wharf becomes clean coffee zone 2

Canary wharf becomes clean coffee zone 2

A coffee waste recycling initiative has been launched in East London business district Canary Wharf.

Coffee cups, lids and coffee grounds generated by over 300 shops, bars and restaurants across the 128 acre estate, will be recycled with the use of designated bins.

The campaign is being delivered for Canary Wharf Management Limited (CWML) by the Cawley Group, the waste management company for the Estate and Veris, the sustainability and communications partner.

Arthur Kay, founder of Bio-bean, said: “This exciting new partnership means the waste grounds from the coffee that warms the visitors to Canary Wharf in the morning could soon be heating their home in the evenings – all while helping London reduce its carbon footprint.”

Press release

New look for BPI Recycled Products

bpi website

bpi website

Following the acquisition of BPI Recycled Products by RPC Group in August 2016, the new name for the business is RPC bpi recycled products.

The company was part of British Polythene Industries until it was purchased by RPC in August 2016.

RPC bpi recycled products has been reorganised into four business groups: refuse, recycling, Visqueen Ultimate Building Products and Plaswood.

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Defra confirms RDF definition

RDF baler

RDF baler

Defra has confirmed a slightly extended two-sentence definition of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) will be used following a “successful” six-month trial period that started in November 2015.

The department announced on 16 February the trial has been successful and that it would use the definition on a permanent basis.

It reads: “RDF consists of residual waste that complies with the specifications in a written contract between the producer of the RDF and a permitted end-user for the thermal treatment of the waste in an energy from waste facility or a facility undertaking co-incineration such as cement and lime kilns.

“The written contract must include the end-user’s technical specifications relating as a minimum to the calorific value, the moisture content, the form and quantity of the RDF.”

Romania charged over illegal landfills

The European Commission is taking Romania to the Court of Justice of the EU for its failure to close and rehabilitate 68 illegal landfills, which represent a serious risk for human health and the environment.

It said, despite earlier warnings from the Commission, Romania failed to take measures against the non-compliant sites, as required by EU Landfill Directive.

Romania was originally obliged to close and rehabilitate these substandard municipal and industrial landfills by 16 July 2009 but this was still not done by December last year.

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Councils’ bulky waste services criticised

A survey by public sector IT association Socitm says only 40% of council’s websites provide a “good or very good” bulky waste collection ordering service.

It found many of the 356 sites sampled failed to provide all the information needed to order the service, lists of items that could be collected were unclear, and maximum numbers of items were not specified.

“One area of poor practice highlighted by reviewers was nonsensical charging arrangements. One council charges by ‘half or full lorry load’- so presumably the resident has to guess the size of the lorry and whether their items might fit in it?” Socitm said.

Reviewers did recommend some sites including Angus, Sandwell, Swansea, Warwick and West Lancashire.

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Shanks clears merger hurdle

Shanks vgg

Shanks vgg

Shanks has now received all necessary approvals from the relevant competition authorities in the Netherlands in relation to its proposed merger with Van Gansewinkel Group (VGG).

This follows approval from the relevant competition authorities in Belgium on 25 January and it is expected that the process will be complete within two weeks.

Peter Dilnot, chief executive of Shanks, said: ”This strategic deal will bring two strong companies together to create a new international waste-to-product leader at the heart of the emerging circular economy.  The combined group will operate across nine countries with unique capabilities and the scale, capability and expertise to grow profitably over the longer-term.”

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Think tank appoints chief executive

Shaun spiers

Shaun spiers

Environmental think tank Green Alliance has announced the appointment of a new executive director, Shaun Spiers.

Spiers, who has led the Campaign to Protect Rural England since 2004, will join the organisation on 5 June.

He said: “I am delighted to take up this post at such a pivotal time for the British environment. Brexit is a once in a generation chance to strengthen environmental protection, improve countryside quality, and set a path to a low carbon and resource efficient future.

“But it also carries with it great risks. Green Alliance’s work with other green and civil society groups and progressive businesses will be essential to building a vision of the sort of country we want to be, and ensuring the best possible environmental outcomes.”

Press release

Recycling centre closes for asbestos removal

Scottish Borders Council will close one of its recycling centres after some asbestos was discovered at a skip on the site.

The Eyemouth Recycling Centre will close from 22 to 24 February to dispose of the material, with residents advised to use the nearby Duns facility.

David Paterson, executive member for environmental services, said: “It is hugely disappointing that someone has acted in such an irresponsible manner by dumping asbestos waste at one of our recycling centres.

“I would appeal to those who discover asbestos waste while working or in their homes to contact a licensed contractor, who can deal with it safely.”

Press release

Hayman appointed shadow environment secretary

Sue hayman

Sue hayman

Workington MP Sue Hayman has been appointed Labour’s shadow environment secretary, following Rachael Maskell’s resignation during the Brexit paper votes.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn promoted Hayman, who has been an MP since 2015, from her previous role as a shadow environment minister.

Mid UK hosts fire tests

Barkston fire exercise 2017

Barkston fire exercise 2017

Mid UK Recycling hosted an evening exercise at its Ancaster site which involved four fire pumps and included training on site plus a desk top exercise of a fire scenario for local emergency services.

Staff from Lincolnshire County Council, the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service, local authorities, parish councils, the Environment Agency and public health agencies took part.

The company’s managing director Chris Mountain said: “The event went very well and allowed agencies and firefighters to see our site operating and recognise some of the potential risks that we face.

“We then moved to the Brant Broughton fire station to work through the scenario of a fire breaking out at the site and what procedures would need to be in place to ensure it was dealt with as safely and efficiently as possible.”

Press release

MDF recycling firm appoints advisory panel

Geoff rhodes

Geoff rhodes

A company that has developed a “world first” recycling process for MDF waste has appointed an advisory panel.

Former president of the Timber Trade Federation, the European Association of MDF Manufacturers and the Fibre Building Board Federation, Geoff Rhodes (pictured) is joined by Dr Knut Kappenberg, Dr Rob Elias and Ray Howard.

The business has to date been financed via a mix of UK and Welsh government, Angel Investor and Industrial funding.

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Conference gets WRAP backing

WRAP has joined CIWM, the Environmental Services Association and the Resource Association as a partner in the annual Resourcing the Future conference in London in June.

WRAP chief executive Marcus Gover said: “With better collaboration and knowledge, the sector will be in a good position to help the UK make the best use of its resources and strengthen its economy.”

CIWM’s chief executive Dr Colin Church said: “We welcome the expertise and passion that WRAP brings to the table. There is a lot to play for in our sector as the UK redefines its future self.”

Press release

Contract win in Devon

adrian harlock devon waste

adrian harlock devon waste

Devon Contract Waste (DCW) has secured a £80,000 contract with Pathfinder Homes, a manufacturer of residential park homes and holiday lodges since 1958.

The company collects mixed waste from the client’s head office near Newton Abbot which is then sorted at its Envirohub in Exeter, which can handle 75,000 tonnes of waste each year.

Adrian Harlock, operations manager at Pathfinder Homes (pictured), said: “It is early days but the DCW team must be commended for the support provided during this transition. The daily visits, training and support has been invaluable.”

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New look for on-pack recycling label

new oprl

new oprl

OPRL is trimming its on-pack labels to make them simpler for consumers to understand and easier for retailers and manufacturers to use, following a three-month review of the labelling system.

Components will only be listed on complex packaging, and materials will no longer appear on the labels. This simplification also enables labels to be kept smaller.

The messaging has also been shortened from ‘Check Local Recycling’ to ‘Check Locally’, and ‘Not Currently Recycled’ to ‘Not Yet Recycled’, and advice such as ‘Cap On’, ‘Rinse’ and ‘Remove Sleeve’ is being introduced where space permits.

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Recycling Technologies appoints chairman

Recycling Technologies has announced changes to its leadership board following a recent shareholder meeting.

Howard Lack joins as the new chairman bringing leadership experience within the commercial and finance sectors.

Also joining the board is Geoffrey Phillips as investor director. Geoffrey has extensive experience in the oil, gas and marine sectors and has previously held a number of executive board appointments.

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Council warns against asbestos dumping

Essex County Council is calling on residents to ensure waste is disposed of appropriately following the discovery of small traces of asbestos at the authority’s Tovi processing plant.

Following the discovery, drivers transporting waste to the plant in Basildon have been advised to wear face masks as a temporary measure after air quality monitoring tests revealed small traces of asbestos in the delivery hall at the site.

It is believed the asbestos could have found its way into the site after being illegally dumped at one of the county’s HWRCs.

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Shadow environment secretary resigns

Shadow environment secretary Rachael Maskell has resigned from her post in order to vote against the Labour party three-line whip to support the triggering of Article 50.

Maskell, who was in her position since June, said she was choosing to vote “in line with the will of [her] constituents” in York.

She said part of her opposition to Brexit was the Government’s silence on “climate change mitigation or environmental protections”.

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