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News round-up June 2017

SUEZ retained at Doncaster; Food reuse chain hits £1m turnover; Commercial director role for Seward; New plant for McGrath Waste

SUEZ retained at Doncaster

Doncaster Council has re-appointed SUEZ as its waste contractor after a comprehensive tender process for a contract which will last until 2025.

The decision came after a tender process which followed legal and procurement guidelines, with SUEZ’s bid coming out on top.

Following a public consultation of Doncaster residents, there will be some changes to waste and recycling collections under the new contract. 

Press release

Food reuse chain hits £1m turnover

Annual turnover for Community Shop, the UK’s first social supermarket chain, has passed £1m.

Community Shop was founded in 2013 by Company Shop, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food and products.

Dr Clive Black, pictured, joins the board as a non-executive director. He is co-founder, director and head of research for investment bank Shore Capital Markets.

Press release

Commercial director role for Seward

tom seward commercial director

tom seward commercial director

G & P Batteries has recruited Tom Seward as commercial director from outsourced waste management specialist Reconomy.

Seward will be responsible for consolidating G & P’s leading market position in both the waste lead acid battery and non-lead acid battery arena as well as capitalising on the business openings afforded by the growing lithium waste battery market.

At Reconomy he was corporate account manager for more than three years in the house building division. He held several positions at Biffa between 2006 and 2013.

Press release

New plant for McGrath Waste

mc grath waste castlebar9

mc grath waste castlebar9

McGrath Waste, the Connaught-based waste manager, transportation and recovery firm, has marked the launch of a new waste facility plant in Moneenbradagh, Mayo with a visit from then Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

The facility replaces two smaller sites in Killala and Moneen in Castlebar and brings the current workforce from 30 up to 50 employees.

Established by Paddy and Nora McGrath 40 years ago the company is now managed by son and daughters Declan, Sinead and Ger McGrath and boasts more than over 7,000 large multi-national and SME customers in the Connaught region.

Press release

Award for Reconomy boss

paul cox reconomy

paul cox reconomy

Paul Cox, managing director of Reconomy, has won the Transformational Leader category in the Midlands region for the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year programme.

Reconomy, which provides outsourced waste management and recycling services, was formed in 1994.

Cox joined in 1999 as operations director, and led the sale of Reconomy to private equity firm Bregal Capital in 2006 before becoming MD.

Press release

Collection crew attacker jailed

A man who stabbed a binman with a bayonet after losing his temper because his recycling had not collected has been jailed for more than two years.

James Keates wielded the weapon, a family heirloom, outside his girlfriend’s Walsall home after the bin was not emptied for the second time in succession.

Keates pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, possession of a weapon and making threats to kill. He was told by the judge: “You used a nasty instrument in order to attack someone who was simply doing their job.”

Newspaper report

Transfer station fire

Fire crews in Cornwall have tackled a blaze at a transfer station operated by Suez.

It broke out on the evening of 17 June at Pool transfer station near Camborne, which is managed by Suez under a contract with Cornwall Council.

A company spokesman said: “Fire crews attended the site and the fire was extinguished around 1am.

”The fire was contained within the transfer station building and the neighbouring MRF was unaffected.”

Press release

Feedstock deal for CoGen

cogen brooking jennissen

cogen brooking jennissen

CoGen’s advanced waste gasification treatment facility on an industrial site at Hooton Park in Hooton, Cheshire, has moved a step closer with the signing of the feedstock agreement with Dutch fuel supplier N+P Group.

N+P Group, as part of a 15-year agreement, will supply refuse-derived fuel to CoGen’s portfolio of projects, with the deal seeing 240,000tonnes a year of municipal waste for the 26.5MWe Hooton site, which is fully permitted and has secured a grid access agreement that will utilise fluidised bed advanced gasification technology.

Pictured are CoGen chief executive Ian Brooking, left, and N+P chief executive Karel Jennissen

Press release

Recycling message at cycling

alupro cycling

alupro cycling

The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has been inviting cycling fans to join its ‘Recycle Race’ activity while cheering on elite cyclists from the world’s top teams competing in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour on 7-11 June.

Every Can Counts is an official partner of the race and a lead sponsor of participating cycling team Drops Cycling.

The aim of the partnership is to deliver the recycling message to a new audience and encourage people to recycle drinks cans when they are ‘on the go’ outside the home.

Press release

Consultancy’s new sustainability head

2000 nathan gray helistrat

2000 nathan gray helistrat

Helistrat has promoted Nathan Gray (pictured) to the newly created role of head of sustainability to lead the formulation of a new vision, mission and operating principles, together with the strategy to deliver them.

Chief executive Harvey Laud said: “This new role will provide us with a consistent set of principles that we can implement both internally and externally, to minimise our collective environmental impact and ensure we make best use of the valuable secondary resources for which we are all responsible.”

Gray added: “We have always adopted a mindset that the material we manage is far more than waste. This new role will ensure we continue to broaden our horizons and support the development of a more circular economy.”

Press release

Award for Ukwin

shlomo fo e earthmovers award

shlomo fo e earthmovers award

UK Without Incineration Network (Ukwin) received an award for community campaigning at the Friends of the Earth annual environmental festival.

National co-ordinator Shlomo Dowen (pictured) said: “Over the past decade Ukwin has been blessed with hundreds of dedicated, passionate and conscientious volunteers who have made a real difference in their communities. Ukwin happily accepts this award on behalf of all our fantastic and inspiring volunteers, who together have co-created a thriving anti-incineration movement in the UK.”

At the festival, members were involved in workshops on the impact of incineration on recycling and the circular economy, local zero qaste campaigning and efforts to tackle food waste.

Press release

Wood processor taken over

nwh group petterden

nwh group petterden

NWH Group has acquired the business and assets of DJ Laing Recycling Solutions’ wood processing division in Petterden, Dundee.

The acquisition sees 10 staff transfer to NWH and add £1.8m in turnover. NWH expects to increase the Petterden site’s output of 54,000 tonnes of biomass and recruit more employees to support the growth.

Mark Williams, managing director at NWH Group (pictured) said: “This acquisition ensures we have the in-house expertise to further process our wood waste into a product which can be taken to a sustainable end use. It means that we are in better control of wood commodity prices, stabilising the market for our customers, and ensuring that the wood is being recycled responsibly.”

Press release

Rig heading for recycling

buchan alpha 1

buchan alpha 1

Veolia is preparing to recycle the Buchan Alpha oil rig in the UK North Sea after it ceased production last month after 36 years and having yielded almost 150 million barrels of oil.

Buchan Alpha is a semi-submersible moored floating production vessel.

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK awarded the contract to Veolia for the work to be carried out at its Dales Voe site in Lerwick, Shetland.

Press release

Guide on waste misclassification

A guide on common misconceptions in waste classification and how to avoid them has been produced by the Waste Industry Group on Waste Classification, comprising experts nominated by ESA and CIWM, plus representatives of the Environment Agency.

Entitled Misclassification of Waste – and how to avoid it, the guide is aimed at waste producers, carriers, brokers, consultants and managers. It lists the most common mistakes in waste classification, explains why they are wrong and sets out what to do about it. 

It covers categories such as waste acceptance criteria, List of Waste/EWC codes and hazard property codes, as well as waste types such as metals, hydrocarbons and inert wastes.

Press release

Circular economy standard

BS 8001 British Standard, the world’s first standard for implementing circular economy (CE) principles, has been welcomed by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).

Written to be applicable to any organisation, regardless of location, size, sector or type, the standard caters to varying levels of knowledge and understanding of the CE. It provides practical ways to implement and exploit the benefits of CE thinking, from securing smaller ‘quick-wins’ to helping organisations rethink holistically how their resources are managed.

CIWM chief executive Colin Church says: “As members of the drafting group for the standard, we are delighted that it is now available for businesses of every size and type to use. Resource efficiency and CE practices are not just CSR buzzwords – they make real bottom line business sense.”

Press release

New HQ for Enviromail

2000 enviro hub2

2000 enviro hub2

Social enterprise and recycling business Enviromail, which recycles glass, card, plastic film and confidential waste to train and educate the disadvantaged and long-term unemployed, has outgrown its existing HQ.

The not-for-profit company has bought and converted a 20,000sq ft site at Studley Street, east Hull, into a new Enviro-Hub as it recycles waste materials from more than 400 small businesses in the city and the Humber region.

Pictured outside after the £275,000 investment are directors Katy Swaby, Pete Lemon and Marisse Burton.

Press release

 

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