European Remanufacturing Council launches; Waste boss ordered to clear site; Recycle Week date announced; Binman nearly hit by car
European Remanufacturing Council launches
The Conseil Européen de Remanufacture (European Remanufacturing Council) has launched and announced its plans to represent companies which produce €30bn of remanufactured products and employ 190,000 people across Europe.
The new Council will liaise with the research community in the European Remanufacturing Network, which UK consultancy Oakdene Hollins ran from 2015-2017, whilst welcoming member companies from the automotive, transport, imaging, and technology sectors.
Other businesses, both large and small, were encouraged to join the Council to assist in building a new generation of remanufacturing innovators and advocates.
Waste boss ordered to clear site
Waste operator Colin Barnes has been given six months by the courts to clear his illegally operated waste site in Dereham, Norfolk.
Barnes had previously failed to clear the site ahead of the court hearing on 25 January after his environmental permit was revoked.
Barnes, who traded as CT Barnes Autos, was taken to court by the Environment Agency after failed attempts to get him to comply with the law.
King’s Lynn magistrates deferred sentencing him and have given him six months to clear the site. He is due back in the court on 26 July.
Recycle Week date announced
Recycle Week 2017 will be taking place from 25 September to 1 October, Recycle Now has announced.
Binman nearly hit by car
The City of Cardiff Council is appealing to all motorists to be patient when driving behind waste collection vehicles after a council operative was nearly run over on the pavement.
CCTV footage shows a vehicle overtaking on the pavement in the early evening and nearly running over a waste operative in the Grove, off Wentloog Road in Rumney.
Bob Derbyshire, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “This is the second incident that has taken place in the last few months. The CCTV footage shows a car clipping the operative’s foot, as they overtake on the pavement and it could have been far worse.”
Meanwhile, the authority says its waste enforcement team has doubled in size since April 2015.
Starbucks launches cup recycling scheme
An initial 20 Starbucks stores in central and west London will trial a paper cup bin, which will also accept cups bought from rival companies.
Each bin features clearly indicated sections for consumers to tip away excess liquid, remove the sleeve and lid and then stack their cup separately. From here the cup can be recycled through the store’s waste collection, rather than relying on local recycling facilities.
Starbucks business customers can also recycle their paper cups via a post-back cup care scheme offered by waste management partner, Veolia.
FIFA employs Eunomia to research turf recycling
UK consultancy Eunomia has been appointed by international football organisation Fifa to research the environmental impacts of artificial football turf.
The research will identify the types of artificial football turf used globally, including regional differences, carry out a life cycle assessment to identify the environmental hotspots during the product journey and analyse different product end-of-life options.
This overview will shape recommendations specific to each region in a guide which will become part of Fifa’s environmental programme Football for the Planet.
Eunomia consultant and project manager Simon Hann said: “We know that the end of life is of particular concern for this growing waste stream and we will be looking to help Fifa to understand the best practice for managing this.”
Shanks merger closer
Shanks received approval from the relevant competition authorities in Belgium in relation to it proosed merger with Van Gansewinkel.
Completion of the merger remains conditional on approval in the Netherlands.
Shanks says positive progress is being made in relation to this approval and the boardexpects to conclude the deal.
London MRF nears energy self-sufficiency
London waste firm Bywaters has saved 361 tonnes of CO2 in 9 months following the installation of a 1000kW solar panel array on the roof of its main facility in Bow, East London.
The amount of CO2 is already 40 tonnes more than was predicted for the full year.
The 4000 solar panels, installed in February 2016, have generated 700MWh, providing most of the power needed for Bywaters’ large 650,000 tonnes per annum MRF.
On track to deliver a return on investment within six years, this renewable energy makes Bywaters nearly self-sufficient.
Recycler supplies 1,500 beds
A furniture recycling firm has supplied 1,500 beds to families on low-incomes since its launch in 2014.
R&R Beds supplies a range of beds and mattresses, manufactured from over 75% re-use components and recycled materials, to social housing groups such as Blackburn and Darwen council and Twin Valley Homes.
Since the partnerships with social housing providers began in 2014, R&R Beds has supplied 1,500 beds to families on low-incomes, meaning their products are being used by approximately 2,500 people.
Founder Nick Oettinger (pictured) said: “It stops these mattresses from being sent to landfill, which brings both environmental and financial benefits.”
Waitrose trials food waste app
Waitrose has announced it will trial charity Fareshare’s Foodcloud redistribution mobile phone app.
It is the second retailer to sign up to the programme, which was developed in collaboration with Tesco in 2015.
The success of that trial saw the scheme being rolled out to 800 Tesco stores and has now secured more than 3,500 partnerships with local community groups and more than five million meals redistributed to people in need.
London firm gets rapid-response vehicles
Bywaters rapid response service
London firm Bywaters has taken delivery of two 3.5 tonne cage-tipper vehicles to provide a rapid response in difficult traffic conditions.
When local authorities, hospitals, universities or city businesses need rapid removal of unplanned waste either for a missed collection, an office clearance or in response to fire, flood or an environmental incident, the company can now deploy the vehicles.
Designed to reach customers as soon as possible, Bywaters’ new cage-tipper vehicles are small enough to travel through London’s busy traffic more efficiently than larger trucks, without the hindrance of width, height or parking restrictions.
Agencies inspect North Ease scrap sites
The Environment Agency and Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have carried out combined visits to scrap metal sites in the North East of England.
During the last series of visits at the back end of 2016, staff attended 13 sites across the region, with more visits proposed for the early part of the New Year.
HSE inspector Victoria Wise said during the latest raids, the organisation found eight sites visited to be in significant contravention of health and safety law with seven enforcement notices served.
Veolia acquires energy services concern
Veolia has acquired Cynergin, the energy services company and energy performance contract specialist.
Cynergin has worked on a number of high profile hospital trust and public building energy projects, such as the Yeovil and Warrington & Halton Hospital Trusts and Somerset House.
Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice president, Veolia UK and Ireland said, “This latest acquisition demonstrates our commitment to increasing energy efficiency and sustainability. We share Cynergin’s commitment to delivering innovative solutions and long term business value to customers, and our first priority will be to ensure all customers within the recently acquired portfolio continue to receive a high quality service.”
UK and German wood recyclers join forces
The Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) has joined forces with the German Waste Wood Society (BAV) in a reciprocal arrangement that will see the two organisations sharing knowledge and information.
This follows WRA chairman Andy Hill and executive director Julia Turner attending a conference organised by BAV in Berlin at the end of last year, where they spoke about the impact the EA’s fire prevention lan (FPP) guidance had been having on the industry.
Hill said: “BAV handles 80% of waste wood in the German market, around seven million tonnes a year. Its members face many of the same issues we see the WRA members come up against in the UK.”
Sheffield firm fined for waste burning
A Sheffield business has been ordered to pay £960 for illegally disposing of waste by burning.
In August last year, an officer from Sheffield City Council’s environmental protection service saw waste being burned at the premises of Sheffield Glass and Glazing on Broadfield Road.
The company received a written warning that disposing of waste by burning without an environmental permit was an offence but, in October 2016, the same officer visited the premises and once again found waste being disposed of by burning.
At the hearing at Sheffield Magistrates Court on 17 January, the company admitted the offence and was fined £600, with a victim surcharge of £60. It was also ordered to pay £300 in court costs.
£2,000 bill for waste offence
A man in Buckinghamshire has been fined £1,000 and been ordered to pay £1,000 in clean-up and prosecution costs.
Adheel Hussain, 33, of Mirador Crescent, Slough, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 4 January 2017 to an offence of the illegal dumping of waste which took place in August 2016.
The court heard that on 9 August 2016, a Buckinghamshire County Council enforcement officer found some waste cardboard and polystyrene dumped illegally in a ditch in Billet Lane, Iver.
Hussain’s name and address were found amongst the rubbish and he was interviewed under caution by enforcement officers. He admitted that he dumped the rubbish out of frustration after he arrived at the household waste recycling centre at Chalvey, Slough, and found it had closed.
Fly-tipping fine for car dealership
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Buckinghamshire car dealership Cherry Orchard Chariots, of Trenches Lane, Wexham, has been fined £2,000, and ordered to pay clean-up and prosecution costs of £1,422.
The firm pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 4 January to a fly-tipping offence relating to dumped engine oil.
The court heard that on 24 May 2016 a car belonging to the company was filmed by a fly-tipping surveillance camera as the driver and passenger deposited two blue containers at the roadside off Love Hill Lane, Wexham, near Langley, Slough.
The two 40-litre containers were found to hold waste engine oil - but before specialist removal could take place, arsonists set fire to one of the containers causing it to melt and spill oil across the road, requiring extensive clean-up work.
Trucks arrive for Parliament collection contract
London firm Bywaters has taken delivery of two hook lift trucks to handle collection for its five-year Houses of Parliament contract.
Both new 12 tonne vehicles are fitted with the latest 360 degree camera system as well as clear view passenger door and safety side guards to meet FORS Gold requirements and the ‘Vulnerable Road Users’ policy.
Wastecycle wins university contract
Vijay patel building dmu reduced
East Midlands firm Wastecycle has won a three-year contract with De Montfort University, based in Leicester.
As part of the contract, the firm will provide a collection and waste management service at the university’s Leicester campus, which is home to over 19,000 students and more than 3,000 academics and staff.
The company already manages waste for the University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.
New Westcountry baler
Devon Contract Waste has invested £326,000 in a new industrial baler to cope with increased demand for its ‘zero to landfill’ service across Devon and Somerset.
The new baler, built by Middleton Engineering, is capable of baling 100,000 tonnes of waste per year if used to its maximum capacity. Devon Contract Waste plans to operate it on a five-day single-shift pattern, which will double baling capacity from 75,000 to 150,000 tonnes per year.
Devon Contract Waste has also just recorded an increase of 18.2% turnover in 2016.
Redundant oil rigs set for recycling
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The Veolia and Peterson partnership has been awarded two contracts for recycling decommissioned oil platforms at their facility in Great Yarmouth.
The contracts, to begin in the spring and take four years, include the onshore receipt and disposal of offshore materials and several assets for a major gas producer.
Simon Davies, decommissioning general manager of Veolia said: “The industry has been looking for collaboration and these new contracts show collaboration in action right down the supply chain. Our partnership has worked well at a number of sites and projects over the last ten years, and we are very pleased to secure the first important contracts into Great Yarmouth.”
Simply Cups partners with US firm
Cup recycling firm Simply Cups has agreed a partnership with Smart Planet Technologies (SPT) to recover and recycle the company’s reCUP hot beverage paper cup that can be recycled at traditional paper mills.
Designed in California, USA, the reCUP looks and performs the same as those cups currently in use at UK coffee outlets.
The advantage, however, is that the inside coating is blended with minerals, so its plastic content is reduced by up to 50%, and means that the cup is engineered to be compatible with the existing recycling equipment used at UK paper mills.
This, for the first time, will provide consumers, businesses and the hospitality industry with a cup that can be more widely recycled, and is expected to be sold, at a cost comparable with traditional paper cups, through 4 Aces in the UK.
Rebrand for PHS division
phs wastekit logo
Orwak Environmental Services is being re-branded as PHS Wastekit as part of its integration within the PHS Group.
Simon Woods, executive director, specialist businesses at PHS Group said, “We are pleased to be adopting the PHS Wastekit identity which will enable us to share with our customers all of the benefits that membership of the wider group will bring, including the services offered by PHS such as washroom products, planting, workwear supplies and crate rental. As PHS Wastekit, we look forward to continuing to sell a wide range of compactors, balers and accessories while providing the same great service.”
Joe Roberts has been appointed managing director, following sales and operational management roles within ICI Paints, Buck & Hickman, Copart UK, Wolseley and, most recently, the Car Finance Company.
Alupro sponsors cycling team
Alupro drops cyclingsponsor
The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) is sponsoring the Drops Cycling Team during 2017 as part of its work to encourage everyone to recycle more of the aluminium packaging they use at work, at home and on the go.
The sponsorship, pictured, will focus on the Every Can Counts programme, which helps people to recycle drinks cans used outside the home.
The team includes 16 riders from Great Britain and across the world. During the 2017 season the team will be helping to raise awareness of the Every Can Counts programme at races around the UK, including the Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour Series.
‘Young Mayor’ intervenes in fly-tip
Newham cctv fly tip hero
A former Young Mayor of Newham in East London is being hailed a hero after invervening in a fly-tipping incident.
According to Newham Council, 17-year-old Yaseen Bux challenged Essex builder Balazs Horvath who was fly-tipping a substantial pile of rubbish in Dukes Road, East Ham.
Bux’s evidence helped convict Horvath of two fly-tipping incidents. Horvath admitted the charges and was fined £1,200, forced to pay £1,000 costs, plus a £120 victim surcharge.
Surrey plans joint waste service
A plan for Surrey’s councils to create a new county-wide waste collection and disposal service saving taxpayers up to £12m-a-year has progressed.
Four districts and boroughs – Elmbridge, Mole Valley, Surrey Heath and Woking – have already teamed up to agree a 10-year joint waste contract expected to save their taxpayers more than £2m-a-year.
Now Surrey County Council’s Cabinet has given the go-ahead for some of the council’s own waste duties to be combined with the group of four councils, marking the first step towards a Surrey-wide joint waste service.
Manufacturer buys Master Magnets
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Bunting Magnetics has expanded operations with the acquisition of Redditch-based Master Magnets.
The acquisition of Master Magnets will expand the range of magnetic separators and metal detectors presently manufactured by Bunting and increases Bunting’s manufacturing capabilities in the UK and Europe, and offers opportunities in new industrial and geographical markets.
Simon Ayling, Bunting Magnetics Europe’s managing director, and Adrian Coleman, Master Magnets’ managing director , are pictured outside the Master Magnets manufacturing facility.
Totus wins Guernsey contract
Totus guernsey photo
Totus Environmental has announced a new contract with Island Waste and AVR to manage residual commercial waste from the island of Guernsey.
The multi-year tri-party deal will see Totus manage the refuse derived fuel produced at Island Waste’s MRF on the island and transport it to AVR’s energy-from-waste Facility in the Netherlands, where it will be used to produce electricity and heating.
The facility in Rotterdam is the largest in Europe, producing enough energy to power over 200,000 homes and providing district heating to around 160,000 households in the region.
Glass milling technology launched
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UK firm International Innovative Milling Technologies Ltd (IIT) has developed a low energy milling technology for a wide range of waste glass processing applications.
The M350 milling system allows close control of particle size distribution to meet the needs of a wide range of size reduction applications for glass powders and waste product streams.
It is specifically designed to accommodate an output capacity range of up to 4.5tonnes per hour for single pass applications and up to 500kg per hour for finer products requiring classification.
Council launches WEEE recycling scheme
Derbyshire County Council has launched a post-Christmas WEEE recycling scheme.
Until 19 February, the authority is exchanging householders’ unwanted electrical for a golden ticket − for a chance to win one of 15 £100 cash prizes.
The more items residents recycle, the more tickets they will get.