Fine for WTN offence; National water refills; Recycling firm and Kier pollution offences; First AD scheme certification
National water refills
A network of free refill points and fountains will be set up in shops, cafes and high streets in every English town and city by 2021 under plans announced by the water industry.
Industry body Water UK said its members are partnering with the Refill campaign and users will be able to use an app find out where the nearest refill point is, or seek signs in shop windows.
London is to launch a similar scheme for a network of public water fountains
Fine for WTN offence
Paul Tranter of Turnings, Knighton, was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,782.68 in costs along with a £170 victim surcharge after admitting failing to produce waste transfer notes for his business.
Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court was told that the prosecution was part of a wider investigation into Tranter’s activities in end-of-life vehicle recycling at the Peugeot Breakers site in Knighton.
An Environment Agency notice required Tranter to produce waste transfer notes or written records relating to the transfer of all controlled waste to and from the site between 10 September 2014 and 7 September 2016 but he did not comply.
Recycling firm and Kier admit pollution offences
Two contractors have been ordered to pay more than £180,000 after polluting groundwater with diesel during the redevelopment of Christchurch Hospital.
Kier Construction and its sub-contractor BKP Waste Recycling Limited were sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court after admitting polluting the groundwater with more than 11,000 litres of diesel.
Kier Group, based in Bedfordshire, which secured a record £3 billion in contracts in 2017, was fined £100,000 with £30,301 costs.
AD plant certified under new performance scheme
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Granville Ecopark, an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility based in Northern Ireland, has become the first plant in the UK to achieve certification under the recently launched AD Certification Scheme.
The scheme was launched just six weeks ago at the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association’s ADBA National Conference 2017 following a successful pilot earlier in the year.
Granville Ecopark is the largest AD facility in Ireland taking only food waste as a resource and has capacity to export 4.8 MWe of renewable electricity onto Northern Ireland’s local grid.
New division for Tudor Griffiths
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Shropshire based Tudor Griffiths Group, has launched TG Renewable Energy to complement its existing service, as part of its TG Enviro Division.
The company has opened a 3,000 sq m biomass plant and drying warehouse which houses seven one-megawatt boilers.
The boilers are fuelled by shredded Grade A timber, which has been recovered for recycling, and they heat seven perforated floors to dry the products going to residential and commercial markets.
Joint council collection deal
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Casepak has been awarded a contract by Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Council to process up to 20,000 tonnes per annum of dry, mixed recyclables from each authority.
Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) shared the management of their respective waste and recycling services in 2014, and the new contact is due to commence in February 2018.
Cherwell operates a kerbside collection of mixed materials from 62,000 homes, while SNC collects mixed recyclables from 38,000 homes. This material will be sent to Casepak’s MRF in Leicester. The two-year contract was awarded on 21 December and there is an option to extend the contract by up to four years.
Gaskells’ hospice deal
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Merseyside based Gaskells is working with Wigan and Leigh Hospice to collect their waste from all its 13 shops, the first time the charity has used a business partner in this way.
Gaskells business development manager Rob visited all the hospice shops, carried out waste audits, and looked at access.
Gaskells bins are now on site at all shops: Ashton, Atherton, Golborne, Hindley, Leigh, Leigh Furniture Shop, Newtown, Pemberton, Platt Bridge, Shevington, Standish, Tyldesley and Wigan.
Priest joins Hadfield
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Hattie Priest, pictured, has joined Hadfield Wood Recyclers’ business development team and will be based in its Shrewsbury office.
The team procures waste wood for recycling and reprocessing into a variety of products including equine, poultry and cattle bedding, feedstock for panel board and biomass fuel.
Priest’s career to date has been in account management and logistics experience, as well as a background in customer service.
Cameras for Enfield
VisionTrack has won a contract to supply the refuse collection fleet of the London Borough of Enfield with suite of cameras.
Enfield Council’s fleet of 46 new lorries are to be fitted with the VT 5500 system, which has cameras at the front, rear and sides of each vehicle, plus one side-mounted camera to monitor the presence of bins in the event of disputes with residents.
In addition to monitoring and recording surrounding traffic during journeys, the system will track the vehicles in real-time, with live video and analytics enabling the fleet manager to manage risks and reduce operating costs.
Enva Group acquires Blue Sky Plastic Recycling
Enva Group, formerly known as DCC Environmental, has announced it has acquired Blue Sky Plastic Recycling (BSP) for an undisclosed sum.
BSP, based in Bourne, Lincolnshire, specialises in recycling plastics from WEEE and other materials. Recovered plastics are formulated and refined to substitute virgin plastic material in manufacturing processes.
BSP will form the fifth operating unit within Enva Group and will continue to be led by existing managing director and principal shareholder Chris Riddle.
Coffey launches paper cup recycling scheme
Resources Minister Thérèse Coffey has launched a recycling initiative for paper coffee cups in Gosport.
Created through a partnership between Gosport Borough Council and paper cup manufacturer Huhtamaki, the scheme will pilot a collection and recycling service for used coffee cups for residents and businesses. It will provide dedicated cup recycling bins at strategic sites across Gosport.
Coffey said: “This is exactly the kind of initiative that we would like to see following the launch of our 25-year environment plan.”
Agent fined over WTNs
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Malcolm George Holmes of Sunderland has been ordered a total of £3,000 in fines and costs after admitting failing to supply paperwork concerning the removal of waste from illegally dumped at a site in the city.
South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court was told that Holmes, a property consultant, rented the land a tenant who then abandoned the site, leaving the illegal waste. (Photo Environment Agency).
Holmes, acting on behalf of the landowner, failed to present appropriate waste transfer notes for the removal the waste and Environment Agency says the location of the waste, and whether it was legally disposed of, remains unknown.
East Cheshire contract
Biowise has been awarded a minimum 15-year contract for the treatment of organic waste in partnership with Cheshire East Council.
The Hull-based concern won the £30m contract for an organic waste treatment solution for the council, now expanding its household collection service to include food waste.
Biowise will design, build, finance and operate a £7m Gicom In-vessel Composting Facility along with associated Aerated Static Pile composting, screening and blending operations at the council-owned site in Leighton Grange, near Crewe.
EfW driving debt
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Interserve’s net debt will hit £513m for 2017 and is expected to grow further this year, a trading update from the firm has revealed.
The contractor’s statement to the market said the debt hike was due to a “significant outflow” connected to energy-from-waste work, exceptional costs and a “normalisation of trading terms” with its supply chain.
Interserve said it expected debt to increase before peaking in the first half of the 2018 financial year, which was attributed to the “phasing of cashflows” relating to EfW costs, as well as restructuring and refinancing.
New business collection in Leeds
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A new commercial waste and recycling collection service has been introduced in Leeds city centre with the aim of saving businesses money while enhancing street aesthetics.
Leeds Business Improvement District, in partnership with Forge Recycling, introduced the service after a survey showed that 43% of members wanted improvements to their collection contracts.
Leeds BID selected Forge through a competitive bidding process, designed by waste consultants Eunomia, which looked at both price and quality of service. Pictured are LeedsBID chief executive Andrew Cooper, Leeds BID head of place Karen Butler and co-founder of Forge Recycling Harvey Mills.
Hill heads RDF group
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The RDF Industry Group has elected Andy Hill, market development director for Suez, as its new chair for 2018.
Andy will be taking over from Gavin Graveson, chief operating officer – public and commercial for Veolia, who has held the post for two years.
The RDF Industry Group is comprised of 27 Members including a number of major waste management contractors and operators both from the UK and across Europe. It provides a platform for the industry to communicate its work to third parties including the government and other key stakeholders in the form of reports, presentations or other communications.
Call for R&D in scrap pre-processing
A report by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has said more capital investment is needed for research and development in processing scrap steel and electric arc furnaces.
A report on future trends in UK steel demand, said there also needed to be policy changes on factors such as energy costs and business rates to secure long-term sustainability in the sector.
It said: “The competitiveness of rebar production in the UK could be enhanced through investment and innovation in scrap pre-processing and efficiency in the elecric arc furnace.”
UK Steel Director Gareth Stace said: ”At a massive £3.8bn annual opportunity for UK producers by 2030, this report shows once and for all that there can be a positive future here for our steel producers, if the right measures are put in place.”
Recyclable waste lost to landfill
Almost two-thirds of waste that ends up in non-recyclable waste bins in Scottish households could have been recycled, according to a Zero Waste Scotland report.
The report, The Composition of Household Waste at the Kerbside, shows that, on average, 60% of what goes in the non-recyclable ‘landfill’ bin could have been recycled using existing household recycling services provided by local councils.
The cost to councils of disposing of these recyclables in landfill would be around £54m in landfill tax. In the case of PET plastic drinks bottles, the 15,000 tonnes of these found in residual waste could be worth between £375,000 and £1.95mm if they had been recycled.
RDF deal for Geminor
Geminor has won a new contract to supply more than 27,000 tonnes of RDF to the Renova energy from waste (EFW) facility in Gothenburg.
The 12-month agreement, which commences in January 2018, is the latest contract win for the European secondary fuels specialist.
From its source in the UK, Geminor will manage baled RDF haulage across the North Sea to the company’s new shipping terminal at Gothenburg. From here, bales will be broken, with loose material ltransported to the Renova facility.
New role for Robbie
Ecosurety, the compliance specialist, has appointed commercial manager Robbie Staniforth to new role to work with the Government and other bodies as the UK prepares leave the EU, as well as on a host of industry-related issues.
The policy manager position responds to increased demand for information among producers, recyclers, as well as from the Government, over issues such as exporting waste, single-use plastics and the circular economy.
Staniforth will be responsible for submitting Ecosurety responses to Government consultations, as well as working with industry stakeholders to communicate the views of the organisation’s members.