Wheelabrator celebrates EfWs; 5,555 cups installation shows scale of recycling need; EfW backers hope new ministers will end dispute; China details renewable metals standards
Wheelabrator celebrates EfWs
After three years of construction, the creation of approximately 1,500 jobs and £85,000 in contributions to local community causes and initiatives, two energy-from-waste facilities—Wheelabrator Parc Adfer, located at Deeside in North Wales, and Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) in West Yorkshire—commenced operations in late December.
Combined, Wheelabrator Parc Adfer and FM2 will process up to 964,000 tonnes per year (875,000 tonnes) of residual waste. Together, they will generate a total output of 98MW (gross)/89 MW (net), enough electricity to power an estimated 210,000 homes and businesses.
5,555 cups installation shows scale of recycling need
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An art installation (pictured) has arrived on London’s Bankside made from 5,555 white paper cups, created to highlight that this is number of cups used every minute in the UK.
Among them are 222 cups coloured black to represent the 4% currently estimated to be recycled. The 3.0 metres tall installation will be illuminated at night. It has been created by the environmental charity Hubbub to promote paper cup recycling.
EfW backers hope new ministers will end dispute
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Arc21, which represents six Northern Ireland councils, has said it hopes restoration of the province’s devolved government will bring progress for its planned £240 Hightown Quarry energy-from-waste plant.
Acting chief executive Tim Walker said: “Arc21’s proposal for an energy-from-waste plant will include Ireland’s largest integrated recycling facility. [It] will address environmentally unfriendly practices, cut greenhouse gas emissions and provide renewable electricity and heat to stimulate new jobs.”
The EfW proposal (pictured) has been mired in legal disputes while the Northern Ireland Assembly was suspended.
China details renewable metals standards
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The Chinese government has issued its non-ferrous scrap metal renaming criterion with most brass qualifying as a renewable material, and a more generous measure for copper.
Metals industry news site Fastmarkets MB has reported that copper scrap, of copper content ranging 94-99.9% and meeting certain impurities thresholds, will be renamed under five categories of renewable materials.
Minimum copper content levels are slightly lower than originally proposed to qualify as renewable, while the minimum copper content for brass scrap ranges from 56% to 75%, which Fastmarkets MB said meant most brass imports will be eligible to be renamed as renewable materials.
Aluminium scrap will be renamed under three categories of renewable materials.
The Bureau of International recycling has also published the original Chinese documents.
Body set up to boost fibre packaging
Waste firm DS Smith has joined 4evergreen, a new industry alliance to increase awareness of the benefits of fibre-based packaging materials in a circular and sustainable economy.
It is intended to provide a forum to connect the fibre-based packaging value chain, from paper and board producers to packaging converters, brand-owners and retailers, technology and material suppliers, waste sorters and collectors.
The initiative was led by the Confederation of European Paper Industries and backed by major brands including Nestle (pictured), Danone and Mars.
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Dorset company Muc-Off has paid £7,669 towards a Marine Conservation Society beach cleaning project for failing to recycle sufficient packaging waste at its Poole headquarters.
Muc-Off Ltd, which makes car and bike cleaning products, made the enforcement undertaking offer after the Environment Agency (EA) found the company had broken packaging waste regulations.
The EA said Muc-Off saved £5,899.72 by failing to register with a packaging recovery scheme for the years 2012-16. It uses enforcement undertakings in place of prosecutions in less serious cases.
Frugalpac revolution with First Mile
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Frugalpac has partnered with First Mile to offer customers an inclusive recycling service for its Frugal Cup. Customers joining the ‘coffee cup revolution’ can ensure sustainability through First Mile’s recycling post-back service, RecycleBox.
Customers ordering any two cases of Frugal Cups will automatically be offered the service, where they can put their used cups in the box in which they were delivered, to be collected by First Mile’s RecycleBox courier network and correctly recycled.
First Mile founder and chief executive Bruce Bratley said: “It’s great to be working with Frugalpac, providing a credible recycling solution for its Frugal Cup customers. Frugalpac’s commitment to strong environmental performance is clear to see, and by using RecycleBox, its Frugal Cups will live to see another day when transformed into future paper products.”
HERU teams up with Siemens
Home pyrolysis firm HERU, set up by Nik Spencer (pictured) has announced a new partnership with Europe’s largest industrial manufacturing company, Siemens.
This new partnership will see Siemens support the production phase of the HERU Hybrid Water Heating System.
HERU is a UK innovation that takes everyday items, which would previously have been destined for the “waste” management system, such as coffee cups, nappies and plastics, and converts them into energy to heat water for households and commercial buildings, is already utilising Siemens’ technology.
Items such as the innovative PLC controller on the HERU, takes input from the unit via sensors and transmitters and generates useful and desired outputs to control the unit. The Siemens display unit at the front of the machine allows customer interaction with their HERU.
Disputed EfW plant up and running
The controversial Gloucestershire EfW facility is now fully operational, developer Urbaser has said, accepting up to 190,000 tonnes of residual waste a year to produce more than 116,000mw of electricity a year.
Javelin Park (pictured) was subject to numerous legal challenges and protests from environmental groups during its planning and construction.
New environment minister for Northern Ireland
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Edwin Poots has become Northern Ireland’s new minister for agriculture, the environment, and rural affairs, which includes responsibility for waste and recycling.
He was given the job following restoration of the power-sharing executive at Stormont (pictured). Poots is a farmer by background and a member of the Democratic Unionist Party.
Firm supports bottle bank retention
Waste management firm Enva has voiced its opposition to the removal of dedicated bring banksfor glass and their replacement by commingled kerbside collections.
It said this change could result in less high-quality material being available for reuse, leaving the glass more likely to be used as an aggregate.
Deal to recycle EfW flue residues
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Lakeside Energy from Waste and OCO Technology have signed a 10-year deal to recycle air pollution control residues created by flue gas capture systems at its Slough facility.
OCO Technology began recycling these residues four years ago, helping Lakeside become what it said was the UK’s first zero waste to landfill EfW plant in 2017.
Danny Coulston, Lakeside’s operations director, said: “This contract underlines our commitment to the sustainable generation of electricity from residual waste materials.”
Smile for recyclable toothpaste tube
Colgate has launched what it had claimed is the first recyclable toothpaste tube.
It said it would share the technology involved with competitors to help ensure tubes meet recycling requirements.
The new toothpaste, called Smile for Good uses HDPE in two thicknesses to allow the tube to be easily squeezed.
Colgate said almost two-thirds of people were unaware that toothpaste tubes are unrecyclable as most were made from sheets of plastic laminate and a thin layer of aluminium.
Warning as fires plague industry
Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters tackled a fire at a waste recycling plant on Chequers Lane in Dagenham last weekend. They found 120 tonnes of household waste on fire. The cause is under investigation.
Meanwhile, Lincolnshire County Council has urged residents to remove batteries from discarded electrical items and keep gas lighters and flammable liquids out of general waste after three fires at recycling centres across the county over the New Year period. Fires broke out at the Louth, Spalding and Sleaford sites.
Fines for NI breaches
Waste firm BJ Trading and Justin Dike have been convicted at Newry Magistrates Court for 11 breaches of waste management legislation. They were fined £250 each.
Police and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency found they had unlawfully kept and later disposed of controlled waste textiles and clothes at Mountain Road, Newry. Their offences were under Articles 4 and 5(8) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.
Indonesia gov visits DS Smith
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A delegation of Indonesian government and waste industry figures has visited DS Smith’s Uxbridge recycling depot to learn how paper processing works in the UK.
Agnieszka Grala of Baltic Control Group, who facilitated the visit, said: “It was positive for us to see a recycling facility to get an understanding how the process works from the supply side. The visit to DS Smith was very positive and will support DS Smith as well as UK recycling supply to Indonesia in the future.”
Reconomy teams up with Homebase
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Homebase has partnered with Reconomy as part of plans to send zero waste to landfill by 2021.
A three-year contract will cover Homebase’s 168 stores across the UK & Ireland and three distribution centres, providing training and support to its 7,500 team members on the importance of recycling to help reduce costs and further improve its environmental performance.
Harvey Laud, Reconomy divisional director, said: “Homebase is one of the UK’s most recognisable and well-liked brands, and we look forward to helping them to develop an increasingly sustainable business.”
New look for J&B
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J&B Recycling has updated its brand to cover its website, logo and vehicle fleet (pictured).
Managing director Vikki Jackson-Smith said: “We needed to update the branding for a cleaner look, to better show we operate within a state-of-the-art environment, are a forward-thinking business and to reflect the level of investment we have made over the past three years.”
Tesco removes some charity textile banks
Tesco has told some charities to remove textile collection banks from its stores after it reached agreement with the Salvation Army to provide this service nationally.
A Tesco spokesperson said there had been “serious and on-going issues with fly-tipping which forced us to remove recycling facilities from a number of stores”.
It would instead work with the Salvation Army to provide and manage the banks.
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North London Waste Authority is holding an initial market information event for contractors interested in building its £600m energy-from-waste facility, which will be part of the North London Heat and Power Project at Edmonton. Procurement is expected to begin in mid-2020.
The facility will be capable of generating up to 78mw of electricity, and will be the first in the UK to use selective catalytic reduction for emissions removal. For event details and registration see: http://www.northlondonheatandpower.london/market-information-day-application-form/
Second midlands acquisition for B&M
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B&M Waste Services has bought West Midlands-based waste management company Ian Wilcox Recycling following its of AWS Recycling’s trade rounds in the same region last summer. Wilcox’s three staff have transferred to B&M.
Director Mick Ashall said: “This acquisition further strengthens our capabilities in the West Midlands, which we’re immensely proud of.”
Worker assaulted at recycling site
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A staff member at a household waste recycling centre south Manchester has suffered a broken jaw after being assaulted by a user.
The incident followed a routine check on a member of the public’s waste to establish its type and the victim, who has not been named, required hospital treatment.
Andrew Western, green city region lead for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said staff had a vital role in managing thousands of tonnes of our waste but “regularly experience verbal abuse and threats of physical violence from members of the public”.
Farm produce to power island
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A new £14.4m anaerobic digestion plant in Kent (pictured) has been connected to the national grid.
Farm Renewables’ plant on the Isle of Sheppey will produce 500 cubic metres per hour of biomethane, enough to heat almost all the island’s homes.
The plant will use 15,000 tonnes of maize, 6,000 tonnes of straw, 6,000 tonnes of chicken manure and 6,000 of tonnes fruit waste each year to produce renewable energy.
Digestate will be spread on local arable fields, providing nutrients and organic matter to improve soil quality, reducing the reliance on artificial nitrogen-based fertilisers.
Garden waste deal for Bryson
Bryson Recycling has won a £3m five-year contract to deliver a new garden waste collection service for Conwy County Borough Council.
Collections will be made fortnightly from households that pay £35 a year for the service.
Bryson’s general manager Vincent Thomas said: “We already run two recycling centres in Conwy on behalf of the council and look forward working with them on this new contract which will help residents recycle and also help the local environment”.
Grant for plastic to hydrogen plant
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Waste2Tricity, which is developing hydrogen production from waste plastic, has been offered a conditional £1.25m grant by Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership for its planned facility at Protos, Ellesmere Port (pictured).
The grant has been awarded to purchase the thermal conversion chamber, a core part of the Protos facility, which is expected to be commissioned by the end of the year.
Council’s gold chains stolen
A thief has stolen the ceremonial gold chain worn by the mayor of the London borough of Redbridge, which is believed to have been sold to a metals dealer.
The Ilford Recorder has reported that a man was convicted of stealing the chain, which has not been found, from the mayor’s parked car. A judge said she assumed the thief had sold them.
A Redbridge spokesperson told MRW: “The theft occurred in early October and the total value of the stolen items was approximately £35,000. The mayoral chain and badge date back to 1965, when Redbridge was incorporated as a London borough.”
Mayor Zulfiqar Hussain is now using chains from the former Ilford Borough Council.