Veolia SWAT fly-tipping team deployed; ERP signs up to OPRL; Hostels appoint broker firm; Viridor’s £65,000 community fund
Veolia SWAT fly-tipping team deployed
A group of trained SWAT officers have been deployed to Bayswater by Westminster City Council – to tackle fly-tipping head-on.
The Street Waste Action Team (SWAT) was assembled last year as part of a twelve-month pilot undertaken by waste partner Veolia. The project aims to reduce fly-tipping and waste dumping in Westminster’s worst affected wards. The pilot saw an overall reduction of 67.5 per cent in waste dumped in targeted areas.
Westminster Council’s cabinet member for environment and city management, Tim Mitchell, said: “The pilot was an overwhelming success last year and reduced the problem substantially within the five pilot wards. We are delighted to work with Veolia to roll out the SWAT service permanently and look forward to seeing even better results.”
ERP signs up to OPRL
Pan-Europe compliance scheme specialist ERP UK has become member of the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme. Launched in 2009 to address consumer challenges with inconsistent recycling advice, OPRL has worked with brands and retailers at each step within the packaging supply chain to deliver a simpler and more consistent, UK-wide recycling message.
ERP UK managing director John Redmayne said: “As a company providing data services, as well as packaging compliance for our members, we are always looking to help drive up packaging recycling rates. Working in partnership with OPRL, ERP can add value to members by supporting brands, retailers and packaging designers in selecting the correct labelling, designing more sustainable packaging, and benchmarking existing portfolios.”
OPRL chair Jane Bevis said: “Consumers are calling for clear, simple and consistent labelling, to help reduce confusion, and this new alliance enables us to work together and support retailers and brands in achieving.”
Hostels appoint broker firm
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The Youth Hostel Association has appointed waste broker SWRnewstar to handle all its England and Wales sites which h range from inner cities to remote mountain locations.
SWRnewstar was formed in 2017 from a merger of brokers Specialist Waste Recycling and Newstar Environmental.
Viridor’s £65,000 community fund
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Viridor has provided local south London projects with around £65,000 through the Beddington Community Fund.
The Fund was launched in late 2016 support community projects within the London Boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Croydon and Sutton. The initiative allows projects within a 2km radius of the Beddington energy-from-waste facility to apply for up to £30,000, and projects situated within the four London Boroughs eligible for up to £5,000. In total, the fund will see around £1m being made available over the next 25 years.
Mike Stafford, Head of Contracts for Viridor and a member of the Community Benefit Funding panel said: “As part of Viridor’s commitment to develop lasting relationships within south London and be a responsible neighbour, I am delighted that the fund has contributed nearly £65,000 in the last year to six worthwhile projects. It is clear that the projects we have funded contribute significantly to their local areas and we are pleased to help them continue to serve their communities.”
Food redistribution charity hails haulage partnership
More than 2 million meals have been saved from waste and diverted to people in need thanks to a partnership between logistics and haulier experts Fowler Welch and the UK’s largest food redistribution charity.
Fowler Welch joined forces with FareShare in August 2016 in a bid to reduce food waste across the supply chain. After noticing a number of its customers were looking to redistribute their surplus food to charity but struggled with the logistics, Fowler Welch developed a system whereby food companies could add their surplus onto their usual collection, thus reducing waste without creating extra work.
Lindsay Boswell, FareShare chief executive, said: “Working with Fowler Welch has been absolutely game-changing for FareShare. Not only have they helped us get more food out to people who need it, they’ve brought their customers on board too, helping us get a greater range of surplus food into our network.”
Enva doubles plastics recycling
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Enva has doubled its output capacity of recycled, extruded plastic compounds following a £1.8m investment in its facility in Bourne, Lincolnshire (formally Blue Sky Plastic Recycling).
The investment, which includes a new extruder unit, will enable Enva to produce more than 2.000 tonnes of extruded compound per month. The increase in extruded compound will also significantly reduce the amount of material being sold as ‘regrind’.
Enva Plastics general manager Steve Bell said, “This investment will make us the UK’s largest supplier of extruded compounds from WEEE and enable our customers to increase the environmental and commercial benefits associated with the use of recycled product. It will also give us greater capability to custom match the colour or physical properties of compounds to our customers’ specific requirements.”
Recycled boat wins Green Apple award
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The world’s first boat made from Plaswood – a 100% recycled plastic lumber - has helped RPC bpi recycled products and Hubbub win a prestigious Green Apple Environment Award 2018.
‘Poly-Mer’, launched into the River Thames from London’s Docklands in November 2017, is being used as an educational tool for school children who make ‘plastic fishing’ expeditions on the river. The boat took nine months to create and was the brainchild of environmental charity Hubbub and teachers and parents from Canary Wharf College, London. The aim was to raise awareness of the growing levels of plastic pollution in Britain’s waterways.
Katherine Lorek-Wallace, Plaswood general manager at RPC bpi recycled products, said: “To be singled out for a Green Apple Award is an honour. It is also testament to the ingenuity and creativity of Hubbub and our unique product.”
Waste goes by water in London
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Powerday and IRecycle have create what they say is the first regular water-borne commercial waste collection service.
It serves London’s Camden market with commercial waste transported 2km along the Grand Union canal in a 45-minute journey that reduces road miles and transport emissions. The service uses an electric powered collection vehicle from which material is transferred into barges to be taken to Powerday’s premises.
O’Donovan joins WISH team
Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal is set to join the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum to raise awareness of sector’s safety issues among small and medium sized firms.
She said: “Although our sector is relatively small in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate is way too high, and we urgently need to tackle it.”
Rat alert over clearance site
Natural Resources Wales has warned residents to look out for rats that may be disturbed when contractors clear high-risk waste from the site of Porthmadog Skip Hire.
The site was abandoned following a successful prosecution in 2016 when owners Michael, Patricia and Joseph Gaffey each sentenced to 10 months in prison and ordered to pay around £350,000 towards the £800,000 clean-up costs.
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Tomra launches coloured glass sorter
Tomra Sorting Recycling has introduced Autosort Color, which works with its Autosort Laser to separate glass from municipal solid waste.
The company said this offers purity rates greater than 95%, even when input materials are wet, dusty or dirty. Autosort Color enables sorting operations to extract this glass for resale and reduces the risk of glass entering sorting machines intended for other materials.
Boost for small WEEE collections
Currys PC World, part of the Dixons Carphone group, has launched a free service allowing customers to recycle any unwanted small electrical items when its Team KnowHow delivery and installation vans (pictured) visit their homes. Collected items are taken to regional delivery hubs and collected for recycling.
Chris Brown, head of recycling operations at Dixons Carphone, said: “We believe as the first retailer to offer such a collection service for small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), it sets the bar on what can be achieved by retailers to help the UK collect more WEEE and ultimately ensure such items are recycled correctly and responsibly.’’
The roll out follows a WRAP-funded trial in 2016 (see here) which indicated the potential to collect over 2,500 tonnes of small WEEE – often seen as inconvenient to take to recycling locations – a year via the home delivery and installation teams. Year-on-year data for last month, when the initiative started, shows the volume of small domestic appliances collected is up 23%. This includes tonnage delivered to AATFs as the small WEEE collected via home deliveries cannot be physically tracked.
Viridor in Scottish deposit return scheme trial
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Viridor is working with the Scottish Grocers Federation and a reverse vending machine manufacturer on a three-month deposit return scheme trial in Scotland, taking responsibility for the collection functions. The trial should provide valuable information on the quality and quantity of material which can be achieved through deposit return schemes with insight into the public’s response.
Starting in February, customers of three stores will receive 10p for every empty plastic bottle or can returned to Nisa Bellshill, Premier Broadway Oxgangs and Keystore Moredun – all members of the Scottish Grocers Federation. Customers will also have the option to support local fundraising campaigns instead of collecting their 10p deposit.
Viridor local authority contracts manager Hugh Booth (pictured left, with Nisa store manager Abdul Majid, past president of the Scottish Grocers Federation) said: “We see real opportunities in focusing efforts on ‘on-the-go’ materials to complement kerbside local authority collections. This is all part of our message that the key to responsibly dealing with our waste is to see it as a resource which has a value and not rubbish.”
Iceland to extend reverse vending trial
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New figures show that 311,500 plastic bottles have been recycled through supermarket chain Iceland’s reverse vending machines since the scheme was rolled out in June.
The scheme, which is being trialled in four stores - in Wolverhampton, Mold, Fulham and Musselburgh - as well as Iceland’s head office, in Deeside, rewards people with a voucher worth 10p in Iceland stores for every deposit of an Iceland plastic bottle. The supermarket said children were “particularly engaged” with the bottle recycling scheme.
Richard Walker, Iceland’s managing director, said: “Iceland has continually led the way in the fight against the scourge of plastic since making our announcement to eliminate plastic from our own-label product packaging. The launch of reverse vending machine trials in our stores is one sign of this. We’ve gained hugely valuable insights into both consumer interest and the functionality of the schemes, and it’s clear from the results that consumers want to tackle the problem of plastic head on and would be in support of a nationwide scheme.
”We’ll be using these findings to inform future Iceland initiatives, and will be sharing our findings with Defra and across the industry to ensure any nationwide roll-outs are comprehensive and effective in our goal of tackling the issue of single-use plastics.”
Iceland will extend the trial for a further six months in order to collect further data.
New Year Honours for sector
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Dr Andy Rees, head of waste strategy at the Welsh Government, has received an OBE for ‘services to the Environment and Recycling in Wales’ in the 2019 New Year Honours list. Rees (pictured, left, with former MRW editor Robin Latchem) received MRW’s editor’s award in 2017. Wales now has a recycling rate of 63% compared to 7% in 2000 when Rees joined the Welsh government.
Rees said: “I am deeply humbled and surprised to have received this OBE in the New Year’s Honours 2019. I have been lucky to have been in the right place at the right time, and to have worked with a fantastic group of people over the last two decades as we have striven to improve Wales’ recycling rates. Most of this is down to the hard work of other colleagues, both within the Welsh Government and in our Local Authorities. But above all it has been the fantastic response of the people of Wales in joining in with recycling that has been the most rewarding aspect of my career.”
Colin Crooks, chief executive of social enterprise Tree Shepherd, which he set up in 2012, was awarded an MBE for services to disadvantaged communities in London.
Crooks has created several social enterprises, the first being Papercycle in 1989 which employed dozens of unemployed local people to collect and recycle office paper. He later ran Cybercycle which trained unemployed young people to refurbish computers. In 2000, he started Green-Works, which employed people from difficult backgrounds to recycle furniture.
He said: “This MBE is recognition not only for me but for all the people, partners, supporters, champions, employees and contractors who have worked with me over the years to support local communities and people to succeed.”
Oil re-refining group takes control of US operation
Cleantech industrial oil re-refining group, Hydrodec Group plc, which is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, has taken operational control of its North American operations.
It has reached agreement with its long-term partners, G&S Oil Recycling to increase Hydrodec’s interest in Hydrodec of North America from 58% to 85% following a strategic review.
According to Hydrodec, its technology is a proven, highly efficient, oil re-refining and chemical process initially targeted at the multi-billion US market for transformer oil used by the world’s electricity industry. Spent oil is currently processed at two commercial plants located at Canton, Ohio, US and Bomen, New South Wales, Australia.