Bigbelly rolls out in Slough; Chiltern to install cup recycling bins; JCB hosts Question Time; Powys takes carbon crown
Bigbelly rolls out in Slough
Slough Borough Council has become the latest local authority to adopt Bigbelly smart waste collection technology after it agreed to roll out 18 bins.
The units will allow the council’s collection teams to extend periods between each collection due to the system’s solar powered compaction technology, which increases the capacity of each unit by up to eight times when full.
The installation, which has seen the units located throughout the High Street and outside the train and bus stations, is the first step in a campaign to improve the cleanliness of the town centre and across the borough.
Chiltern Railways to install coffee cup recycling bins
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Chiltern Railways, an Arriva UK Trains company, has announced that it will be the first train operator to recycle coffee cups at stations.
Special bins will be installed at stations to encourage customers to segregate their coffee cup waste into three different categories: lids, liquids and cups. The waste will be removed by Simply Cups and taken to a specialist recycling centre to be turned into functional new products like pens and notepads, which Chiltern plans to incorporate into its branded merchandise.
Alan Riley, customer services director for Chiltern Railways, said: “With the knowledge that over 2.5 billion paper cups are making their way into landfills and incineration each year, we feel it is important to play our part. We are creating a new template for the rail industry and providing our customers with a way to reduce their plastic waste. This scheme is unprecedented at stations and we’re proud to be championing it on behalf of our customers and generations to come.”
The scheme is part of Chiltern’s ongoing 2018 Continuous Improvement Plan.
JCB host Question Time
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JCB was put in the national spotlight last night when the company played host to BBC One’s Question Time.
Programme host David Dimbleby fielded questions from guests during filming in the Innovation Centre at JCB’s World HQ at Rocester.
JCB chief executive Graeme Macdonald said: “The centre is where the ideas for our products are brought to life and the industrial setting provided an ideal backdrop for the programme.”
Powys takes carbon crown
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Powys Council has been awarded the Eunomia Recycling Carbon Index trophy for being the best recycler in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in terms of the greenhouse gas emissions saved through its efforts in 2015-2016.
The Welsh authority has overtaken Cheshire West and Chester, the holder of top position for the last three years.
Eunomia principal consultant Peter Jones presents the trophy to Phyl Davies, Powys’ cabinet member for property and waste; Nigel Brinn, head of highways, transport and recycling and Ashley Collins, Powys’ recycling strategy manager.
Parry & Evans back Liebherr
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Paper and cardboard recyclers, Parry & Evans, has announced that Liebherr will be its sole supplier of materials handling machines. The decision will see the company investing over £1m in standardising the fleet at its Deeside and Welshpool depots.
The most recent purchase to arrive in Deeside is a new 21 tonne Liebherr ‘A920’ wheeled materials handler, complete with a 1.5m3 selector grab, ideal for picking out and sorting materials.
A pair of loading shovels are also employed to assist with the stockpiling and loading of trucks around the plant. Between them, the Liebherr machines will handle approximately 130,000 tonnes of material for recycling every year.
HSE prosecutes Rochdale firm
A Rochdale recycling company has been fined after an employee’s arm was dragged into unguarded machinery.
Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23 March 2016, the Anglo Recycling worker suffered a compound fracture while working on a carpet recycling line, when his arm was drawn into machinery and trapped between a conveyor and roller.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found the company had failed to assess the risk and guard the rear access point on the machine. Anglo Recycling Ltd of Tong Lane, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,500.
Illegal dumper fined
A man has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 in fines, compensation and costs after he admitted leaving mixed commercial waste on land owned by Thurrock Council.
Billy Prince illegally dumped the waste at a compound located on land at Stanford Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex in May 2015.
The compound is used to store street cleaning and highways team equipment and is not an authorised waste collection facility or site permitted for authorised waste disposal.
Brexit Bill concerns for environmental experts
A network of policy experts has called on Lords to take crucial environmental considerations into account during their scrutiny of Brexit.
In a briefing to the House of Lords, representatives of the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) outlined four central concerns which must be addressed during this critical examination stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.
Experts from the EPF’s member organisations - which represent over 70,000 environment and sustainability professionals - say peers must consider whether the Bill ensures appropriate parliamentary scrutiny during withdrawal; closes the governance gap by exit day; transposes the principles of environmental protection; and nables collaborative working with the devolved nations.
Prince Charles opens Liberty Steel electric arc furnace
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The Prince of Wales formally reignited Liberty Speciality Steels’ N-Furnace in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
The restart of the electric arc furnace, which was mothballed by previous owners during the steel crisis two and a half years ago, is part of a multi-million-pound investment by the Liberty House Group – a member of the GFG Alliance
The 800,000-tonne-a-year furnace turns scrap metal into specialised steels for uses such as vehicle gearboxes or aircraft landing gear, will play a pivotal role in Liberty’s Greensteel strategy. During his visit, Prince Charles was briefed by GFG executive chairman Sanjeev Gupta.
New Viridor contract
Viridor has signed a 12-month total waste management contract with the Flagship Group, a company which provides homes for affordable market rent and sale across eastern England.
The contract coveres dry mixed recycling, wood, cardboard, plasterboard, hazardous and inert waste and WEEE.
Viridor is responsible for bin services at Flagship’s offices and premises, skip roll on and roll off services and the direct tipping of waste into transfer stations.
Biggest skip loader fleet
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O’Donovan Waste Disposal has taken delivery of additional Mercedes Benz Econic 4×2 1830L skip loaders this year and says it has the largest fleet of such vehicles loaders in the UK.
O’Donovan says it was first UK company to buy the loaders in 2016.
Originally designed for municipal waste work, the vehicle was remodelled to be made available to service the construction sector.
Contract for UKWSL
The Azzurri restaurant group has appointed UKWSL to be its waste and recycling contractor following a formal tender process in 2017.
The £3m three-year contract will mean UKWSL manages general waste, mixed recycling, food waste and glass at 182 Azzurri Group sites nationwide from 1 April.
Azzurri Group is targeting a minimum 80% on-site recycling rate across the estate.
Tudor Griffiths’ community roots
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Shropshire-based Tudor Griffiths Group, which supplies construction materials and building supplies, ready mixed concrete, skip hire, waste management and recycling has committed to a programme of sustainable forestry management on land owned by the Griffiths family.
Managing director Tudor Griffiths, said: “The first step in our programme was to plant 2,000 Douglas Fir trees in three acres on the Aston Estate, just outside Oswestry, and at another site in English Frankton.
“And to ensure the land is managed successfully for generations to come, we enlisted the help of my two sons Oliver and Harry, who will play a key role in the sustainable approach over the coming years.”
Plaswood punt sets out
The first boat made from Plaswood, a 100% recycled plastic building product manufactured by RPC bpi recycled products, has been launched in London’s to raise awareness of the growing levels of plastic pollution in the UK’s rivers.
The 12-seater Poly-Mer punt was commissioned by environmental charity Hubbub and built by Mark Edwards who also built the Queen’s barge Gloriana.
Environment minister Therese Coffey was on board for its maiden voyage, along with school children from nearby Canary Wharf College, and medal-winning British Paralympic sailor Alexandra Rickham.
NI hospice donation
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Three years of fundraising by Northern Ireland waste manager RiverRidge, has resulted in more than £30,000 being donated to the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, the only service of its type in the province.
Alan Sproule, strategic development manager of RiverRidge, right, said, “Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice gives people vital support in their most difficult times and so we are very proud to be able to make a significant contribution to this charity and its wonderful work for children throughout Northern Ireland.
“We saw NI Children’s Hospice at work first hand and we were blown away by the support and advice available. There are over 1,300 life-limited children and young people in Northern Ireland who, along with their families, require the specialist care and support that only this organisation can provide.”
Alert over unexploded shell
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A Hampshire quarry operated by demolition and waste management specialist R Collard had to be evacuated when an unexploded World War One bomb was discovered during routine movement of materials around the wash plant.
It was a German 76mm Minenwerfer artillery shell, probably brought back to England as a souvenir.
As it was in very poor condition, bomb disposal experts removed it from the site at Eversley and took it to their base to be destroyed.
Viridor’s university contract
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Viridor has signed a five-year contract with one the south-west’s leading educational and research institutions, the University of Plymouth, to manage its hazardous and non-hazardous waste across all campuses in Devon.
Viridor account manager Ian Poyser (pictured) said the company was offering a new campaign to boost recycling across the university along with a full review of collection services, including laboratory and clinical wastes.
He said Viridor had engaged with students and staff and, using their feedback, had designed a simple-to-use commingled recycling scheme. All internal and external waste containers had been rebranded, with clear instructions on what can and cannot be placed in recycling containers.
Council plans collection changes
Central Bedfordshire Council is planning three-weekly black bin collections under proposals to save £2m and boost recycling. Fortnightly recycling collections would remain unchanged.
It also wants to charge £40 per household for a year-round fortnightly collection of garden waste, which it currently does not operate during the winter.
A public consultation will run from 26 February to 20 April.
Scrap dealer fined
Edward G Gillum, owner of Leominster Scrap Metal, has been fined £3,340 and ordered to pay £8,669.54 in costs and a £150 victim surcharge for operating an unauthorised scrap metal and end-of-life vehicle facility.
Gillum, 75, traded from a site off North Road, Leominster, Herefordshire, initially without a permit and then later not meeting the conditions of an exemption or providing waste transfer notes.
Gillum apologised to the court for not “moving with the times” or appreciating the consequences of his actions.
Levenseat MRF operating
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A MRF provided by Machinex for Levenseat Renewable Energy in Lanark, Scotland, to process 200,000 tonnes a year of commercial & industrial waste, is now fully operational.
The facility handles 42 tonnes an hour of material, and will produce a minimum of 100,000 tonnes a year of refuse-derived fuel as a feedstock for the adjacent Levenseat Power Plant.
Machinex also installing a container sorting facility next to the waste treatment plant on the site that is also due to be operational this month.
Simply Waste expands
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Simply Waste Solutions has increased its geographical footprint by acquiring the wheeled bin waste collection services of Oxfordshire-based M&M Waste Solutions.
The deal will also provide Simply Waste with access to an additional transport yard, waste transfer station and MRF at Cassington, near Oxford.
Rob Fluckiger, managing of M&M Waste Solutions (pictured), said: “With our current expansion, we found it necessary to move away from wheeled bin collections to allow the business to focus on skip hire and waste recycling.”
ERC becomes Soex UK
The European Recycling Company is being rebranded Soex UK, taking the name of its parent company Soex, which collects, sorts and recycles clothes and footwear.
Soex UK chief executive Andy Haws said: ”As Soex UK, we are planning to work even more closely with our international group colleagues, ensuring that our local authority and retail partners interface seamlessly with world-leading expertise and innovation in sustainable recycling.
“Our rebrand reflects the close relationship and international resources we enjoy through being part of the Soex family, and we are looking forward to further expanding the services we provide.”
Coulson is WRA deputy
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The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) has elected Richard Coulson (pictured) as its deputy chair.
Coulson has been on the WRA board for the past five years, and is a member of its technical sub-committee which has been leading on the key industry issues of fire prevention plans and waste wood classification in the past 18 months. He takes over from Clem Spencer.
coulson has more than 20 years of procurement experience, 17 of those in the wood sector. He worked for Kronospan for 11 years before moving to become biomass procurement manager at RWE Supply & Trading.
Food fund opens
WRAP has opened the £500,000 fund provided by Defra in support of projects to help increase redistribution of surplus food from businesses to people in need in England.
It is seeking expressions of interest until 30 March from not-for-profit organisations that supply surplus food, either directly to those in need or to other organisations who do the same.
Peter Maddox, WRAP director, said: “I am keen to see expressions of interest that will increase redistribution from food manufacturers and businesses not already redistributing food, or which can significantly improve and increase existing redistribution chains. We want this fund to help make a step-change in the amount of surplus food that is redistributed to people.”
Wastecycle’s new directors
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Investment in Wastecycle, the Nottingham waste management and recycling company, continues following its acquisition by private equity firm Exponent in 2017, with the appointment of two new directors.
Paul Walker (right) and Wayne Cornell have joined Wastecycle as logistics director and recycling director, respectively. The appointments are seen by managing director Paul Needham as a significant part of the company’s growth and development plans.
“2018 promises to be a very exciting year for our company as we look to introduce new services and increase our customer base by entering new markets. Adding Paul and Wayne to our board of directors increases our knowledge and expertise, and I’m sure they will both play an integral part in helping Wastecycle achieve its short and longer-term goals.”
Carpet diversion grows
Volumes of carpet waste diverted from landfill in the UK continue to rise, with 168,000 tonnes reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2017, reports Carpet Recycling UK.
This represents a diversion rate of 42%, up from 35% and an increase in 26,000 tonnes compared with 2016, according to the industry body’s latest figures. Around 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet arise each year in the UK.
Energy recovery accounted for 124,000 tonnes, with the growing use of carpets as a renewable fuel source in cement kilns, and 42,000 tonnes were reused or recycled.
Carers backed by recycling
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ACE Recycling has partnered with Every Can Counts and the Carers Trust to launch ‘Cans for Carers’, an aluminium drinks can recycling initiative that aims to raise money for carers aged under 25 in Scotland.
For every tonne of cans collected through the initiative, ACE will donate £250 to Carers Trust Scotland, which will use the funds to support young carers.
Malcolm McArdle, managing director of ACE Recycling, said: “Our aim is to encourage businesses to recycle more drinks cans while supporting a good cause. Donating 25% of the value of the aluminium cans collected will raise valuable funds for Carers Trust Scotland, which will then support young carers to improve their everyday lives.”