TV stars promote creator’s fly-tip app; Axion invests in new capacity; Viridor, Suez and ETM share the spoils; Harrow in camera safety switch
TV stars promote creator’s fly-tip app
A businessman exasperated by fly-tipping has spent £250,000 of to create a free app through which people can report waste crime to local authorities.
The ClearWaste.com app gives councils the location of rubbish with photographs and also aims to help recycling rates by linking consumers with unwanted materials with those who want them.
Martin Montague (pictured), who developed the app, has launched it with a YouTube video featuring television actors John Challis and Emily Head https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUq20THEKpI
Axion invests in new capacity
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Investment in Axion Polymers’ Manchester plastics recycling facility has increased waste processing capacity by 30% and improved the extrusion capability of its 100% recycled polymer grades.
New equipment has removed a bottleneck in the process, allowing increased volumes of auto shredder residue from end-of-life vehicles and WEEE to be processed into Axpoly recycled polypropylene and ABS grades.
Viridor, Suez and ETM share the spoils
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Three companies have been awarded waste disposal contracts with the West of England Waste Authority.
The authority comprises Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils. The contracts will see Viridor and Suez disposing of 120,000 and 50,000 tonnes of residual waste each year respectively, while ETM will manage the disposal of 45,500 tonnes of bulky waste each year.
Resdual waste will be sent to two energy-from-waste facilities in Avonmouth. Steve Pearce, cabinet member for waste regulatory services at Bristol City Council, said: “These new contracts show how as a region we can provide cleaner energy from residual waste and save taxpayer money in doing so. Our agreements with Viridor and Suez are an efficient and greener approach to reconstituting unusable waste into energy.”
Harrow in camera safety switch
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The London Borough of Harrow has upgraded the camera systems on more than 100 of its waste, recycling and cleansing vehicles to improve the safety of its fleet and reduce false insurance claims.
The council has chosen to switch to the RX3 360˚ camera system from Innovative Safety Systems, which first installed hard disk recording camera systems to the council’s fleet in 2009.
Varsha Parmar, Harrow Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We have been using the hard disk system for the past 10 years and we decided it was time to upgrade to the latest technology. With this system we don’t have to manually collect the data; it is automatically downloaded via WiFi as each vehicle returns to the depot.”
Urbaser adopts premature baby policy
Urbaser has agreed to offer extra support for its UK staff who are the parents of premature babies by introducing the Smallest Things policy.
The Smallest Things campaign asks employers to provide parents of premature babies with extra leave, at full pay, to help them through what can be a very difficult time. Mothers and fathers of babies born at or before 37 weeks can have an extra week’s paid Premature Baby Leave for every week from their baby’s birth until their original due date.
Urbaser was encouraged to adopt the policy by Waltham Forest Borough Council, as part of a new contract to provide neighbourhood services commencing in autumn 2019.
Chocks away for Recoup bottle recycling
Plastics recycling charity Recoup, supported by Plastipak, has hailed its work with Swansea City Council to collect PET drinks bottles for recycling at the Wales Airshow in Swansea.
The bottles are destined to be recycled by Clean Tech, which is a Plastipak company. Around a quarter of a million visitors attended the event on 4 and 5 July.
Recoup and Plastipak staff set up a recycling roadshow where members of the public could see for themselves what products are made from recycled plastic, ask their recycling questions and be shown the plastics recycling journey of items they recycle kerbside.
Anne Hitch, citizen and stakeholder engagement manager at Recoup, said: “Everyone is aware of the need to recycle and protect the environment from plastic pollution. Visitors were able to recycle their empty drinks bottles with a reassurance that they will be recycled back into another drinks bottle in around five to six weeks.”
London Corp plastic waste action
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The City of London Corporation has approved plans to eradicate unnecessary single-use plastic waste at Guildhall and The Mansion House by Spring 2020, and the entire organisation by 2021.
The authority will bring in new staff procurement rules and work with its contactors to roll out the policy across its supply chain, in a bid to reduce its environmental impact.
Unnecessary multi-use plastic waste - like plastic folders and wrapping - will also be eliminated, and other non-plastic products such as paper towels, will be minimised.
Council’s food waste recycling boost
Hampshire’s only food waste recycling scheme has already attracted over a thousand new participants since the start of a council campaign at the beginning of this month.
Residents across Eastleigh Borough Council are signing up for the authority’s weekly food waste collection service, where table scraps and peelings are converted into clean energy. The brown caddies for collecting all kinds of food waste - including meat, dairy, fish, fruit and vegetables - are currently being delivered.
The waste collected from Eastleigh households is taken to a special processing plant in Bournemouth where it is turned into a biogas through anaerobic digestion. The gas is used to generate electricity for the national grid: 1,917 tonnes of Eastleigh food waste generated enough energy to power 185 homes last year.
Multi-million-pound upgrade for Paper Round MRF
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Paper Round has invested £2.5m pounds in its MRF to modernise the plant and increase sorting capacity.
Paper Round, established in 1988 by Friends of the Earth and now a separate commercial company, collects a wide spectrum of waste including mixed recycling, food, general waste, paper, glass, coffee grounds, coffee cups, electrical & furniture, cardboard, IT, batteries & toners and hazardous waste.
The optimisation of the MRF means a 300% increase in capacity and a much higher capability to drive up recycling rates through an end-to-end process.
The new MRF includes three Optical Sorters, capable of picking out different materials, separate polymers and different fibres, a waste wcreen that separates fines less than 50mm and an eddy current separator used to separate nonferrous metals such as aluminium cans.
Councils’ combined waste fleet
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Mid-Devon District Council and Exeter City Council have joined together to source their waste services vehicle fleets. Following a comprehensive tender process both councils opted to award the seven-year contract (with a possible 7-year extension) for the provision and maintenance of approximately 210 vehicles, to contract hire and fleet management company, Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS).
SFS will be providing a range of vehicles including RCVs, recycling vehicles, sweepers, hook loaders, tippers, vans, cars, telehandlers and grounds maintenance equipment. The new fleet will include a number of electric vans and cars.
Stuart Noyce, street scene group manager for Mid-Devon District Council said: “There are many additional advantages as a result of this increased harmonisation with Exeter City Council such as the ability to share equipment, carry out joint training and use each other’s depots to park vehicles.”
Bio-waste processor first for AD plant
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AeroThermal has announced its first Thermo-Pressure Hydrolysis (TPH) vessel was onstream processing bio-waste for the first time for a renewables company in the UK.
The 65m3 TPH is a key component at a new bio-waste anaerobic digestion site in the UK. The technology pre-treats food waste and other bio-waste organics prior to going to mesophilic anaerobic digestion.
Christian Toll, AeroThermal chief executive, said: “This is a huge milestone in the handling of household and business organic waste in the most effective environmentally-friendly process imaginable.
“We have helped our customer to process thousands of tons of waste and at the same time recovering feedstock for anaerobic digesters for energy production.”
Veolia takes Pride in its colours
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Veolia and Westminster City Council have given parade goers their most colourful clear up to date, with rainbow collection vehicles, brooms and barrows used to clear over 55 tonnes of recycling and waste from the streets.
Pride Parade is one of Westminster’s largest celebrations. Veolia manages the clear up operation on behalf of Westminster City Council, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the event, took great pride in switching some of their usual street cleansing equipment for multi-coloured alternatives. To clean up after the parade, Veolia deployed over 30 vehicles and 115 staff.
Simon Raven, street cleansing foreman at Veolia, said: “It was nice to support the LGBT+ community through our rainbow coloured equipment. People were approaching us to take photos and some said we could have joined the parade, however we were more than happy to deliver a colourful clean up, making sure the day’s spirit was carried out until the last of the recycling and waste was removed.”
SFS strikes Welsh deal
Specialist Fleet Services (SFS) has been awarded a place on the National Procurement Service (NPS) All Wales Framework Agreement to provide vehicle contract hire to the Welsh public sector.
The framework agreement is available for use across Wales by any public sector body including local authorities, higher & further education bodies, police & emergency services, NHS, Welsh Government, housing associations and sponsored bodies such as the Arts Council for Wales.
The role of the NPS is to collaborate with public organisations and use collective buying power to get a good deal for Wales.
Novamont ocean-compostable plastics launched
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Manufacturer Novamont claims its patented Mater-Bi compostable bioplastics products fully degrade in the ocean at a rate similar to that of paper.
The company says that tests conducted by the University of Siena, the Hydra Institute for Marine Science and its own scientists showed its patented compostable bioplastic was fully marine biodegradable within four to 12 months.
At a Novamont press conference in Rome, chief executive Catia Bastioli (pictured) said: “The intrinsic biodegradability of Mater-Bi products is a factor that can mitigate ecological risk. Our approach seeks to prevent the pollution of waterways and the marine environment, 80% of which is caused by inadequate management of waste on land.”
First Mile coffee cup partnership
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First Mile has teamed up with sustainable food packaging specialist Huhtamaki to boost the number of disposable coffee cups recycled in the UK.
The partnership will see First Mile collecting used disposable cups from some of Huhtamaki’s customers throughout London and Birmingham from a variety of different coffee chains, restaurants, bars and other business premises throughout the cities.
Huhtamaki manufactures both recyclable and compostable paper cups both of which can be handled by this new service. All of its cups are made in the UK with 100% PEFC certified paper board from sustainably-managed forests.
Body Shop names Wigan best recycler
The Body Shop company has analysed the amount of plastic sent for recycling from every town and city in the UK between 2017 and 2018 and cross-referenced this with the population to create a plastic recycling index.
Based on this index, the north-west town of Wigan has been named as the top plastic recycling town in the UK with over 9,000 tonnes of plastic being sent for recycling between 2017-18.
Wales leads the UK, with the most towns and cities making the top 20 list and two (Bridgend and Swansea) making the top three. In total the Welsh sent 43,877 tonnes of plastic for recycling between 2017-2018 which weighs 3.5 times more than the Severn Bridge.
Tomra publishes eBook
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Tomra Sorting Recycling has published an eBook, which shares transformational ideas for reducing plastic waste throughout the plastics value chain.
The free-to-download publication highlights how wider adoption of a circular economy is not only vital for our environment but can also deliver new business opportunities.
Beyond the environmental benefits of recycling waste, the eBook observes how positive economic shifts can also be expected. Economies which use once-and-discard models are embracing new business opportunities through the advanced sorting technologies that purify and deliver high-quality recyclates.
Glass sector makes plans transparent
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Glass sector plans for a multi-million-pound research centre which will shape the way forward for the industry over the next century are set to be unveiled at a key conference on 23 July.
Industry chiefs from across the UK and Europe will hear how they can influence and benefit from research into clean fuels and innovation to boost manufacturing productivity. And they will set the agenda for how the £1.6bn UK sector and its supply chain can benefit from the ‘Glass Futures’ project.
A £40m research facility will be based in St Helens, while further funding will go to research institutes along the M62 ‘glass corridor’ where some of the industry’s largest manufacturers have bases.
Richard Katz, director of Glass Futures, said: “This conference will shape the future of the glass sector, its research into clean fuels, and its manufacturing productivity for the next century.”