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News round-up July 2018

Quality Recognition Awards; Coca-Cola moves to rPET; Polymer firm raises £5m; First shipment from Ward’s dock

Quality Recognition Awards winners

The Resource Association’s annual Quality Recognition Awards were made during its summer lecture event held at the National Liberal Club in London.

This year’s awards recipients (pictured) were:

  • Hertfordshire Waste Partnership - nominated by Palm Recycling
  • HW Martin Waste - nominated by Novelis Recycling
  • J&B Recycling - nominated by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment
  • Newsprinters - nominated by UPM-Kymmene (UK)
  • Next plc - nominated by DS Smith Recycling

Awards are nominated by the Resource Association’s reprocessor members. They must meet relevant industry quality standards with no loads of recycled material supplied rejected by the reprocessor during the 2017/18 financial year.

Campaigner Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, gave this year’s lecture.

Award recipients (L-R): Robbie Warden (UPM), Kirsten Roberts and Durk Reyner (Hertfordshire Waste Partnership), Daiva Janckeviciene (HW Martin), Melvin Colbourne (Next Plc), Gerard Kellett (Newsprinters), Natalie Fee (City to Sea)

Press release

Coca-Cola moves to rPET

coca cola plastics

coca cola plastics

Coca-Cola has said all large PET bottles, including the Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta brands will start to move to 40% rPET this year as part of the target of eventually moving the whole PET portfolio to 50% rPET.

The company also said it would support a ‘well-designed’ deposit return scheme, but said VAT should not be charged on this, and that there should be a common approach across Great Britain run by one not-for-profit management company.

 Packaging News


Polymer firm raises £5m

Worn Again


Worn Again Technologies has said it has raised investment of £5m for its polymer recycling technology for the clothing industry.

This can separate, decontaminate and extract polyester polymers from non-reusable textiles, plastic bottles and packaging, to go back into clothing products, and cellulose from cotton.

Chief executive Cyndi Rhoades said, “There are enough textiles and plastic bottles ‘above ground’ and in circulation today to meet our annual demand for raw materials to make new clothing and textiles.”

Press release

First shipment from Ward’s dock

Ward loading the fearless at immingham


Metal and waste management specialist Ward has shipped its first vessel of scrap from its new deep sea port at Immingham. The MV Fearless has five storage holds and four onboard cranes. It will sail almost 20,000 tonnes of scrap to Nemrut Bay, Turkey.

Since opening the dock in April 2018, Ward has employed five full time, permanent staff and invested in new infrastructure, site upgrades and plant and equipment.

Press release

Acquisition for Attero

Attero Group has bought Transwaste Recycling & Aggregates for an undisclosed sum in a move it said would increase processing capacity to more than one million tonnes.

Transwaste has a turnover of approximately £35m and employs 60 staff who will transfer to Attero and the Transwaste brand will continue to operate.

Press release

Safety award for Hadfield



Hadfield Wood Recyclers has won a gold standard award in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’’ (RoSPA) health and safety awards. This recognises achievement in health and safety management systems.

Managing director Geoff Hadfield said: “We have invested heavily in our employees and our three sites to ensure we have first class health and safety facilities, practices and procedures in place.”

From left: Graham Littlewood, production manager; Steve Greenwood, remote sites manager, Matt Hilton, group SHEQ manager

Press release

New look for biogas body

World Biogas Association logo


The World Biogas Association (WBA), the global trade body for the anaerobic digestion and biogas industry, has unveiled a new logo intended to reflect members’ contribution to the circular economy across different sectors around the world. It was launched at the UK AD & World Biogas Expo 2018 in Birmingham.

Press release

Biffa backs innovation show

Biffa image


Biffa is sponsoring the NWG Innovation Festival at Newcastle Racecourse in High Gosforth Park.

The event runs from 9-13 July and has been organised by Northumbrian Water Group. It encourages attendees to apply creative approaches to solve 15 issues affecting the environment.Biffa manages waste for both Northumbrian Water Group and Newcastle Racecourse.

Press release

New grab wagon for midlands firm

Wastecycle Grab Wagon


Wastecycle has taken delivery of a £40,000 new grab wagon, which will allow it to expand its waste collection services.

The Volvo, which features a clamshell grab will enable Wastecycle to work with construction companies, site managers and homeowners who have large amounts waste to dispose of but cannot use a skip.

Wastecycle operates from Nottingham and Leicester, from which it processes more than 500,000 tonnes of commercial, construction and domestic waste each year.

Press release

Metals specialist chooses Lanes

Lanes industrial cctv camera survey


ELG Group, part of the German Haniel Group, has chosen Lanes Group to provide drainage maintenance services across its six UK operating sites including its Sheffield headquarters.

The company specialises in trading and recycling materials for the stainless steel industry, and superalloys, titanium, and carbon fibres.

 Press release


Liebherr LH 120 Material Handler

Liebherr LH 120 Material Handler

Speciality steels producer Liberty House Group had added a Leibherr LH 120 gantry-mounted material handler to material handling fleet as its expects to process more than 500,000 tonnes of recyclable material at its Rotherham plant.

Ryan Stancil, mechanical section engineer at Liberty House said the firm had not previously been able to afford such a machine but “the overall package from Liebherr far outweighed that of its competition and, coupled with the amazing build quality, left us in no doubt as to our clear favourite”.

Press release

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