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News round-up June 2019

WRAP issues ‘forbidden eight’ list; Firm appoints new MD; Veolia suports climate week; DRS ‘cannot be only answer’

WRAP issues ‘forbidden eight’ list

WRAP has issued a list of eight problematic or unnecessary single-use plastics in a report on Eliminating Problem Plastics, which members of its Plastics Pact are expected to remove from sale by the end of 2020. A further 19 are listed for removal by 2025.

The eight offending items are: disposable plastic cutlery; polystyrene packaging; cotton buds with plastic stems; plastic stirrers; oxo-degradables that break down creating microplastics; plastic straws; disposable plastic plates and bowls; PVC packaging

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Firm appoints new MD

john melia ds smith

john melia ds smith

DS Smith has appointed John Melia (pictured) managing director for its UK recycling division. He replaces Mat Prosser, who has become head of strategic business development and transformation (Europe).

Melia has more than 25 years’ experience in the manufacturing and process industries and has worked in the chemicals and food sectors.

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Veolia suports climate week

veolia recycling fund

veolia recycling fund

Veolia is supporting London mayor Sadiq Khan’s climate action week from 1-7 July through its Recycling Fund for Communities.

There will be public visits to its Southwark recycling facility, and advice provided on how to secure money from the fund for local projects. Attendees will be offered a climate change tool-kit with plant seeds and Veolia’s peat-free soil improver called Pro Grow.

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DRS ‘cannot be only answer’

bottle deposit

bottle deposit

Any UK deposit return scheme should be designed to complement rather than replace existing collection method, plastics recycling body Recoup has aid.

It studied the German and Norwegian systems and said these showed that a deposit scheme would produce high quality material but could not be the only solution for plastic packaging.

Recoup’s report Deposit Return Schemes in Action report is available here.

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Trucks decoarted for Pride

rainbow truck

rainbow truck

“Love our planet and everyone on it” is he message from First Mile, which has decorated two recycling trucks in rainbow colours to celebrate Pride month 2019 in July.

The will collect recycling from central London streets for the next month.

Chief executive Bruce Bratley said: “Pride is an excellent opportunity for us all to celebrate and champion loving our planet and everyone who lives on it.”

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RVS helps out with War on Plastic

18202155 high res war on plastic with hugh and anita

18202155 high res war on plastic with hugh and anita

When BBC1 decided to film a ‘fake’ dumping of plastic into the sea for its new series ‘War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita’ they asked Refuse Vehicle Solutions Ltd (RVS) to provide a fleet of five refuse vehicles to do the job.

The trucks feature in the opening sequence of episode one, which was aired on 10 June and shows a convoy of refuse vehicles, filled with plastic, driving to Whitmore Bay, Barry Island. The vehicles then appear to dump their loads straight into sea, whilst presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explains that this is happening globally every minute.

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MP learns of packaging problems

ds smith avonmouth

ds smith avonmouth

Darren Jones, Labour MP for Bristol North West has visited sustainable packaging company DS Smith’s Avonmouth site at which it presented new research to him highlighting the 1.5m tonnes of plastic that could be replaced by fibre-based products each year.

DS Smith also made recommendations for the appointment of a recycling minister and prioritising waste separation.

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Wales celebrates National Refill Day

Flickr/ Luis

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Flickr/ Luis

The Welsh Government first minister, environment minister and deputy minister for housing and local government have marked National Refill Day and Wales’ progress in becoming a ‘Refill Nation’

‘National Refill Day’ takes place on 19 June. The day will centre around the promotion of the availability of refill water stations and encouraging people to do their bit in reducing plastic pollution by refilling a reusable water bottle, rather than buying a new plastic bottle each time.

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Andusia signs clinical waste contract with Medisort

andusia and clinitek clinical waste incineration

andusia and clinitek clinical waste incineration

Andusia Hazchem Treatment has signed its first clinical waste contract with Medisort Healthcare Waste Solutions to supply at least 500 tonnes of clinical waste for energy recovery at high temperature.

Andusia announced their move into the hazardous waste market in December of last year. Appointing Fraser Cutting as hazardous Waste Manager at the beginning of this year, it became sole waste supplier to a new clinical waste treatment plant in Malvern, Worcestershire from January 2020.

Medisort, formed in 2009, is an independent company specialising in small volume, multi-site collection, treatment and disposal of healthcare waste. It manages clinical waste from businesses including NHS Trusts, care homes, beauty salons, dentists and vets across the South East.

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Supermarkets sign food waste voluntary pledge

food redistribution

food redistribution

More than 100 of the biggest players in food, including all of the UK’s major supermarkets, have signed Defra’s ‘Step up to the Plate’ pledge to drive down food waste.

Big-hitters from the world of food and sustainability including Aldi, Asda, Caffé Nero, Co-op, Costa, FDF, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Starbucks, Tesco, M&S, Morrisons, Nestlé, Ocado, UKHospitality, Unilever, World Wildlife Fund for Nature and Waitrose have signed a pledge committing to help halve food waste by 2030 and raise public awareness of the issue through a week of action.

The government’s Food Surplus and Waste Champion Ben Elliot urged organisations to ‘Step up to the Plate’ at a symposium last month. Environment secretary Michael Gove said: ”The UK is showing real leadership in this area, but each year millions of tonnes of food is wasted. I want to thank our Food Surplus and Waste Champion for inspiring business to step up to the plate. Together we will end the environmental and economic scandal that is food waste.”

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Defra launches £4.7m fund for hard-to-recycle materials

food trays

food trays

The Government is inviting organisations to apply for funding under a multi-million pound grant scheme to help boost the recycling of plastic packaging and textiles.

From 12 June organisations in England can apply for government funding for innovative solutions to drive up the recycling of hard-to-recycle plastic packaging such as plastic trays, pots and tubs, plastic films and pouches, as well as funding for innovative projects that boost the recycling of textiles when they have reached the end of their life.

For plastics this could include innovative sorting or segregation equipment, and smarter systems to enable sorting of different polymers. For textiles this could include machinery for recycling textiles, technology for disassembling or sorting textiles, automated processes for removing items from textiles such as zips, and technology to sort textiles by fibre type and colour.

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FCC partnership with councils hail reuse scheme

re3 reuse area

re3 reuse area

re3 has reported a ”significant spark” in the popularity of its reuse scheme available to residents of Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Boroughs.

Last year, the volume of goods donated by re3 residents doubled to over 630 tonnes, not only diverting the waste away from the landfill but also supporting a charitable cause.         

re3, a local authority partnership with FCC, has been working with Sue Ryder since 2011, donating suitable items that can be resold to benefit thousands of people each year who are in need of care. Items that meet the minimum criteria set out by Sue Ryder are collected by the charity for sale in their shops. Last year residents left 45 tonnes of reusable items at the re3 Recycling Centres that were donated to Sue Ryder charity, which raised an astounding £17,772 to support palliative, neurological and bereavement care.

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Airport addresses paper cup waste

reusable cup sign

reusable cup sign

Starbucks and Hubbub have launched a reusable cup trial in partnership with Gatwick Airport. The trial will offer drop off points for Starbucks reusable cups throughout the international airport’s South Terminal to help cut paper cup waste and address throw-away culture.

Customers at the Starbucks store, which is operated in partnership with SSP, will have the option to borrow a free reusable cup for their drink instead of using a paper cup, which they can then drop off at one of five ‘Cup Check-In’ points throughout the airport before they board their flight.

More than 5.3 million of the 7 million paper cups used at Gatwick each year are already being recycled but as recycling requires empty cups to be placed in the dry recycling bins, Starbucks and Hubbub have identified the potential to increase reusable cup options as well to limit the number of cups used in travel hubs where on-the-go packaging is prevalent.

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South Wales firms in acquisition deal

forward waste ford

forward waste ford

Cardiff-based Forward Waste has bought John Ford & Sons, the area’s longest established scrap metal recycler.

Lyndon Ward, managing director of Forward Waste Management (pictured, left, with Ford opposite number Richard Ford), said: “John Ford & Sons have been long standing subcontractors to Forward Waste and have become a much valued service partner, having consistently demonstrated the high level of value, reliability and customer focus that is at the core of our business.”

He added: “Metals management operations have become a major activity for us; we’re therefore excited to acquire this well established and trusted metals management firm.”

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Group seeks to help ‘informal’ waste workers

fair plastic alliance logo

fair plastic alliance logo

The Fair Plastic Alliance (FPA) has launched with the aim of offering people who operate in the informal waste collection sector the opportunity of a recognised job. It is open to companies and not-for-profit organisations

Delia Innocenti, chief executive of alliance member Serioplast said: “The Fair Plastic alliance wants to face the environmental and social issues generated by plastic through an innovative approach, leveraging on the active inclusion of informal pickers. This is possible when adopting a business model that brings workers back to the centre.”

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Viridor in deal to avert plastics exports

ks plastics viridor deal

ks plastics viridor deal

Viridor has agreed a two-year contract with plastics reprocessor KS Plastics, which has invested £1.5m in a new facility that will increase capacity to 24ktpa.

It will take some 5,000 tonnes of recycling sacks, shopping bags and film each year, which was formerly exported.

Viridor managing director Keith Trower said: “The resource market remains a global market, governed by the basic principles of supply and demand, but we recognise public sentiment that the UK should find a way to deal with its own waste.”

Kai Ma, managing director of KS Plastics, (pictured right with Rosie Barber, Viridor trading and feedstock manager for plastics, said: “We have chosen to target the lower end of the value chain to create something unique to the market. This is a three-polymer pellet which allows for low grade films to be processed quickly.”

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Fashion industry promotes circular economy

fashion recycling

fashion recycling

The London Waste and Recycling Board, consultancy QSA Partners and fashion retailers including Ted Baker, Farfetch and FW are to pilot circular economy business models such as clothes hire, product resale, repair and rental services for the clothing industry.

They said consumers increasingly demanded more sustainable options from brands, and circular approaches offered companies more value and profit while reducing their environmental impact.

Meanwile, Husband and wife team Andy and Nicola Gleave have launched the Refashion Guide as an online fashion resale shop to sell unsold stock from retailers to try to stem the flow of used clothes to landfill. According to WRAP £140m worth of clothes is discarded annually.

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Veolia invests in plastics plant

veolia plastics recovery

veolia plastics recovery

Veolia is to invest a further £1m in its Dagenham plastic recycling facility to allow a 20% increase in food grade production responding to the increasing need and interest of manufactures signed up to the year-old plastics pact.

Chief technology and innovation officer Richard Kirkman said “This is an opportunity for an industry that is getting bad press to become sustainable and this investment shows our commitment to make this a reality. It will help to increase the amount the UK recycles and encourage recyclable materials and designs for products and discourage the use of harder to recycle options such as black plastic and polystyrene yogurt pots. “

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Refuse lorry cameras defeat bogus claims

hull council refuse vehicle

hull council refuse vehicle

Hull City Council has seen a dramatic drop in insurance claims since equipping its refuse vehicles with hard disk recording camera systems.It has been able to show that the private vehicles concerned were damaged prior to the vehicles making their rounds.

The 5-camera recording systems provided by Innovative Safety Systems help the council monitor collections for health and safety and for crew training, but the reduction in false insurance claims means that thy have more than paid for themselves.

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Casepak wins council contract

casepak vehicle and mrf

casepak vehicle and mrf

Casepak has been awarded a contract by Aylesbury Vale District Council to process some 18,000 tonnes of co-mingled recyclables from 78,000 homes.The material will go to Casepak’s Leicester MRF, which can process up to 165,000 tonnes of material each year.

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Site bought for Leeds incinerator

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Energy from waste firm Wheelabrator Technologies has secured the right to buy 19.5 acres of land at the Skelton Grange, Leeds, from Harworth Group. The site has planning consent for 300,000 tonnes a year incinerator and the firm expects to apply to increase this to 410,000 tonnes.

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Survey results hold consumers responsible for litter

litter on our street

litter on our street

A YouGov survey commissioned by waste firm FCC has found 68% of respondents think individual consumers bear the main responsibility for litter from takeaway packaging. Only 9% thought it was the responsibility of retailer, 8% producers and 5% the local authority.

FCC regional director Steve Longdon said the Government’s proposed deposit return scheme for drinks containers would hold producers accountable for packaging, but the research “makes it clear that the public recognize their responsibility for littering”.

Among respondents 32% said they would not pay anything extra for 100% recyclable packaging for takeaway food or drink, though 28% would pay up to 5% extra.

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