Aberdeen MRF has 31.4% contamination rate; Recycling firm backs adult learning; Holiday firm picks Biffa; Iceland tries reverse vending
Aberdeen MRF has 31.4% contamination rate
An Aberdeen City Council MRF opened in October to sort waste into bales for reprocessing has been found to have serious problems with contamination.
However, the most recent quarterly statistics from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency have revealed 31.4% of its output is contaminated with “non-target” materials, or non-recyclable materials.
The average for the 13 other sites in Scotland was 8.4%.
Recycling firm backs adult learning
Members of staff at a Darlington-based Total Recycling Services are urging more people to undertake work-based training to take that next step on the career ladder.
Andrew Challis, pictured, hazardous and transfer station supervisor, initially started as an unskilled worker in the company’s industrial services division in 2013, before moving through to drum decontamination in 2014. He is now overseeing three members of staff as part of his role.
”Total has always been happy to let me attend classes and exams,” he said.
Holiday firm picks Biffa
Holidays company Bourne Leisure has awarded Biffa the waste management contract for
general waste management, dry mixed recycling, glass and food recycling services at its 35 Haven holiday parks and 13 Warner Leisure hotels.
Purchasing manager Ian Bourne said: “During peak periods our sites’ waste requirements significantly increase, and it was imperative during the selection process that Biffa was able to demonstrate its ability to adapt to changing requirements and proactively plan on a park by park basis.
“They also reward our parks for improving recycling performance, which is a great motivational tool for our teams.“
Iceland tries reverse vending
Supermarket Iceland is to try out a Diebold Nixdorf reverse vending machine at its Wolverhampton Food Warehouse store.
Iceland said that if successful the trail would be extended across England.
The machine will accept Iceland’s empty plastic beverage bottles and repay customers with a 10p voucher for each.
Brand to drop black plastic
Quorn has announced that it will have eliminated more than 297 tonnes of black plastic packaging from its supply chain by the end of the month.
This step is part of the wider focus by the Quorn brand to be a leader in sustainable nutrition.
It is the first such significant effort to reduce, and eventually eliminate, black plastic from its supply chain by a major food brand.
Sunderland waste fire extinguished
A fire in Sunderland involving more than 30,000 tonnes of waste that broke out in mid-May is finally out, according to firefighters.
The blaze at a disused recycling facility at Deptford Terrace started on Monday 14 May with plumes of smoke visible for several miles. MRW report here
The force’s investigation into the cause is continuing.
Biffa keeps Melton work
Biffa has retained its contract with Melton Borough Council for 10 years, which the council said would bring savings of more than £400,000.
New refuse collection vehicles have been ordered fitted with 360-degree cameras, and digital technology will allow for monitoring the fleet and route optimisation.
Council leader Joe Orson said: “The new contract results in an annual saving and with an enhanced recycling offer will be a great asset to the borough.”
County phases out single-use plastic
Devon County Council has pledged to phase out its use of the most polluting single-use plastic products within two years.
It said single-use plastic food and beverage packaging and tableware would go, and the council would use its position to raise awareness of the issues and support collective action across the county.
Roger Croad, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “The problem of marine waste washing up on beaches is growing worldwide. Our county boasts over 500 miles of beautiful coastline and we must do all we can to help protect it.”
Paper cup service launched
Grundon Waste Management has launched a dedicated Paper Cup Recycling to help tackle the 2.5bn cups consumed annually in the UK. The cost is based on frequency of customer collections and the number of cups to be recycled.
Director Bradley Smith said: “We’re confident this new service, which guarantees 100% recycling, provides the most flexible and sustainable offering available today,”
Collected cups will be processed and baled at Grundon’s MRFs then sent to James Cropper for recycling as paper in its mill.
Firm expands in Dubai
Worcestershire-based waste management firm Egbert Taylor Holdings has opened a 6,000 square feet warehouse in Dubai from which to service its Middle East customers. It can hold more than 2,000 Taylor Continental 1,100 litre containers.
Campaign launched against ‘tossers’
“Don’t be a Tosser” is the message from Keep Britain Tidy in a new anti-litter campaign aimed at those who throw rubbish from car windows.
The charity said it had found 33% of people did not know that the registered keeper of a vehicle can be fined up to £150 if anyone throws rubbish out of it. New rules allowing local authorities to impose these fines took effect in April, meaning they no longer need to prove who threw the rubbish.
Seven-year deal for FCC
East Northamptonshire Council has signed a seven-year contract with FCC Environment (UK) to provide waste recycling and street cleaning services.
It said the £20m contract would save council taxpayers more than £3m. Staff employed by current contractor, Kier will transfer to FCC with no expected redundancies.
More recycling for Paddington
First Mile is to continue its partnership with the Paddington Now business improvement district for a further two years, under which it has collected 1,600 tonnes of recycling material a year.
Business improvement districts are areas where local firms agree to contribute towards public realm and environmental enhancements to attract customers. A major focus of the renewed partnership will be food recycling, which Paddington Now will subsidise for its 306 members.
Picture: Stefan Oemisch/ Wikimedia Commons
European affiliation for Viridor
Viridor has joined the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP). Managing director, energy, Richard Pennells said: “With Viridor’s own commitment to education, by hosting schools visits to our energy recovery facility education centres, we welcome CEWEP’s commitment to raising public awareness of the role waste-to-energy plays in sustainable resource management.”
CEWEP president Paul De Bruycker said: “At the time of Brexit, we are very happy to see new members from UK joining CEWEP and this way showing a united front when it comes to resource and energy efficiency and sustainable waste management in Europe.”European affiliation for Viridor
Partnership boosts north WEEE collection
Partnering with well-known brands has increased the collection rate of WEEE in a trial in the north of England.
As part of the EU LIFE-funded critical raw material closed loop recovery project, Axion worked with the British Heart Foundation, Dixons Carphone and John Lewis on both retail take-back and incentive return schemes for high value IT equipment and consumer electronics.
More than 300 items collected including those not generally disposed of via collection and recovery channels due to data security concerns such as laptops, tablets, cameras, and DVD / Blu-Ray players.
Asbestos deal for Renewi
Renewi and Purified Metal Company have said they have developed a unique, safe and circular way to recycle asbestos-contaminated steel.
Under the deal, Renewi will collect and transport material to PMC’s recycling facility, which is due to open in the Netherlands in 2020.
During the process, the hazardous fibrous parts of the asbestos will be destroyed, and hazardous such as chromium-6 and mercury will be captured or neutralised.