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News round-up March 2017

Tidy award for DS Smith; Zero waste EfW plant; No changes at WRA; Linpac extends rigid rPET

Tidy award for DS Smith

DS Smiths Bolton recycling depot has won a Keep Britain Tidy Green Space Business award, in recognition of its commitment to improving parks and green spaces by volunteering and fundraising.

The award encourages businesses to take more responsibility within the local community by supporting and building relationships with community groups and, by doing so, improving the environmental standards in nearby green space through volunteering and fundraising.

DS Smith was presented with awards for its ongoing commitment to supporting parks and green spaces near two of its sites.

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Zero waste EfW plant

2000 lakeside energy from waste colnbrook

2000 lakeside energy from waste colnbrook

An arrangement between Carbon8 Aggregates and the Lakeside Energy from Waste (EfW) plant at Colnbrook in Berkshire, has seen the facility achieve zero waste-to-landfill over an 18-month period.

It is thought to be the first time in the UK that such a facility has met a 100% diversion from landfill target.

Since 1 September 2015, the Lakeside facility - a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor - has been recycling 100% of its Air Pollution Control residues (APCr), ash which is left behind as the plant turns residual waste into sustainable energy.

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No changes at WRA

The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) has unanimously re-elected four of its current board members at its annual meeting.

Andy Hill, market dDevelopment director with Suez will remain as chairman following his re-election. Clem Spencer of Wood Yew Waste, Mark Hayton from Timberpak and Richard Coulson from RWE were also re-elected to serve for another three years.

They join the remaining three elected members who are Geoff Hadfield from Hadfield Wood Recyclers, David Laing from DJ Laing Group and Paul Caldwell from IQR Systems.

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Linpac extends rigid rPET

linpac r pet

linpac r pet

Linpac is extending its food service offer by launching a comprehensive range of rigid rPET solutions for the sector.

The new range offers a variety of food service packaging options from a single supplier, comprising hinged-lid and film lidded rigid rPET solutions for prepared fresh food.

Mark Durston, Linpac market development manager, said: “Perfect for our loyal distributors, and their customers in the hotel, restaurant and catering industries, the new range can be hand or machine packed at its on-sale location.”

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Scotland looks at construction

Zero Waste Scotland has appointed environmental consultancy Eunomia and one of its international partners to identify circular economy (CE) opportunities in the Scottish construction sector.

The research with Sustainable Global Resources will help identify further CE ideas and construction sub-sectors where intervention could yield the biggest benefits.

It is part of Zero Waste Scotland’s construction programme to reduce sector waste, which currently accounts for 44% of all waste arising in Scotland.

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Biffa clears own fly-tipped site

biffa fly tip

biffa fly tip

Biffa has spent two weeks and around £10,000 removing waste dumped on the boundaries of its Clifton Hall site in Swinton.

The company invested its specialist resources and expertise into the clear up following recent complaints from drivers and nearby residents. 

Site manager Peter Lunt, who arranged the clear up operation, said: “The fact that Biffa, a waste management company, is having to clear up fly-tipped waste from its own site just goes to show that no business is safe from the risk of being fly tipped.”

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Defibrillator donated by recyclers

defibrilator

defibrilator

Mid UK Recycling has donated a defibrillator to a parish council as part of its commitment to supporting the local community.

Managing director Chris Mountain presented the unit and a storage cabinet to the chairman of Wilford Parish Council, Steve Davey, and councillors Jacky Clements and Mike Harrison.

Mid UK Recycling has a site at nearby Ancaster.

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Metal packaging groups merge

The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (Apeal) has welcomed the launch of Metal Packaging Europe as an overarching European group to bring together manufacturers, suppliers and national associations to promote rigid metal packaging.

The association follows the mergers of Beverage Can Makers Europe and European Metal Packaging. It is named after the former Metal Packaging Europe, which forms part of the new body.

Apeal was one of the four founding members of the original Metal Packaging Europe in 2011 and will be an active member of the new group.

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Funding drives Cornish expansion

h and a recycling

h and a recycling

H&A Recycling, which operates out of two centres in Redruth, Cornwall, has acquired three new collection vehicles to add to its existing fleet, after receiving more than £300,000 in funding from Lombard and NatWest.

H&A Recycling services 2,660 business customers located throughout Cornwall and the expansion will create six new jobs.

Owners Allan Holmes and Kim Alway set up the business in 2011 following the sale of their previous company, H&A Waste.

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Tomra joins MacArthur initiative

Tomra has signed up as a member of the New Plastics Economy, a circular economy initiative led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The three main objectives of the project are the creation of an improved after-use plastics economy, the reduction of leakage of plastics into natural systems and decoupling the production of plastics from fossil fuel-based feedstocks.

Stefan Ranstrand, president and chief executive of Tomra, said: “The initiative’s objectives complement our own vision of leading the resource revolution and help to develop a circular economy for plastics.”

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Contract extension for Downton

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2000 cm downton lorry

Saica Paper, a leader in the manufacturing of paper for corrugated cardboard, has extended its contract with transport and logistics specialist CM Downton for another year, building on a relationship that started when Saica opened a mill at Partington, Manchester in 2012.

Downton handles deliveries of baled recycled paper from sources across the UK into Partington and delivers finished paper reels to Saica Paper’s customers in the UK packaging industry. It also provides on-site shunting services.

In addition to Saica Paper, Downton provides transport services to sister businesses Saica Pack and Saica Natur under separate contracts. 

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Accreditation success for Ecosurety

Ecosurety has said it is the first compliance scheme to have its training courses certified for continuing professional development (CPD).

The company’s regulatory seminars, webinars and workshops are among courses now accredited. Webinars, which provide quarterly updates on legislation, overviews of regulation and international compliance, have also been accredited by the CPD Certification Service and are available to members and non-members alike.

Lizzie Elbourn, client services manager at Ecosurety, said: ”We strongly believe it is important that all companies understand their legal obligations and ensure they meet all requirements to a high standard, while maintaining the ability to make decisions in the best interests of their business.”

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MP visits recycler

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2000 natur saica

Angela Rayner, Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne and shadow education secretary, recently visited Saica Natur’s Audenshaw plant.

She saw the company’s recycling systems at first-hand, and discussed issues affecting the industry and Saica’s investment in the local economy.

Natur is the recycling arm of the Saica Group.

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CoGen plans fourth biomass plant

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Protosopening 27012017 38 â©matthewnicholphotography

CoGen has announced plans to commission three biomass plants this year. These will be:

  • A 21.5MWe waste wood facility at Peel Environmental’s £700m Protos development near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire (pictured)
  • A 4.3MWe plant at Dartmoor Bio Power in Plymouth
  • A 10.6MWe facility at Welland Bio Power in Northamptonshire

Peel Environmental and CoGen are also exploring opportunities to develop further energy-from-waste projects across the UK totalling 105MWe, including Hooton Park in Cheshire.

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Tradesmen fined over illegally dumped waste

A pair of tradesmen who disposed of building waste illegally have been ordered to pay £2,784 in fines, costs and victim surcharges after it was later found dumped near a South Northamptonshire beauty spot.

The fly-tip was reported on 22 February last year. During investigation, the pair explained that Mclellan had paid Groom to dispose of the waste which included an electrical appliance, cardboard and general builders waste.

At Northampton Magistrates’ Court on 28 February, 23-year-old Jack Groom of Alchester Court, Towcester, and 38-year-old Adam Mclellan of Moss Close, Towcester, admitted they had failed in their duty of care to dispose of waste lawfully following their work on a property in Blakesley.

Groom was fined £500 and ordered to pay a total of £457.06 in costs and a £50 victim surcharge, while Mclellan was fined £1,200, was also ordered to costs of £457.06 and a £120 victim surcharge.

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Charity appoints chief operating officer

Zero Waste Scotland has appointed Jill Farrell as the organisation’s first ever chief operating officer.

Farrell has more than 25 years’ experience in business and economic development, including senior roles with Scottish Enterprise and the University of Strathclyde.

She joins the organisation as it steps up its work to help Scottish businesses embrace the idea of the circular economy.

“I’ve been impressed with the work that the Scottish Government and its agencies have started to help get the idea of the circular economy into mainstream business thinking,” said Farrell.

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New West Midlands distribution centre

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kerrie barrow orwak easi

Orwak Easi UK, part of the Orwak AB (Sansac) group, has chosen Willenhall in the West Midlands as the site for a new UK distribution centre for its compaction and baling solutions.

Kerrie Barrow, sales director (pictured), said: “Willenhall is the ideal location for our new distribution centre. It is central and has great transport links. We are pleased to be able to add to the economic vibrancy of the area.”

The facility opens on 13 March and the company has added 10 members of staff since December.

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MPs visit food recycler

efra food visit

efra food visit

Members of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee visited south London-based food waste recycler Bio Collectors as part of an inquiry into the impact of food waste in England.

The MPs were told by their hosts that the major barrier to increased recycling rates in England is the lack of segregation of food waste from general waste.

The delegation included MPs Neil Parish, Paul Monaghan and Kerry McCarthy, as well as Leonie Cooper, GLA member for Merton and Wandsworth and chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee.

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Purple appeals to Ellgia

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2000 ellgia purple skips

Ely-based waste management and recycling company Ellgia has acquired Purple Recycling and will take over operations at the Purple Recycling site in Prickwillow with immediate effect, retaining all staff.

Steve Crook, Ellgia’s managing director, said: “It is a thriving business, servicing customers in the commercial and construction sector, and will strengthen and widen our offer in the region.”

Ellgia has customers across the east of England, Lincolnshire, Humberside and East Yorkshire through its depots in Ely, Boston and Scunthorpe.

Pictured from left: Mick Clarke, Barry Gray, Liz Trangmar, Jack Lavington, Fred Lock, Darrel McKinney and Stuart Smith.

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New offering from Devon Contract Waste 

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2000 devon contract waste data destruction centre 1

Exeter-based Devon Contract Waste is expanding its sector-leading operation with the construction of a new data destruction centre, due to open this summer.

The company has invested £260,000 in the purpose-built facility on Exeter’s Matford Business Park, with 20% support from the South West Growth Fund. The building will also provide storage for baled plastic produced at Devon Contract Waste’s Envirohub.

Simon Almond, managing director, said: “We have been experiencing significant demand for our data destruction services and I look forward to further expanding and improving our service to clients.”

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Geminor grows RDF/SRF trade

2000 rdf bales

2000 rdf bales

Geminor says its handling of 1.2 million tonnes of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and solid-recovered fuel (SRF) during 2016 – an increase of 100,000 tonnes on 2015 – was its most successful year to date.

From less than 10% of the group’s net volume in 2013 to more than 45% in 2016, the UK and Ireland are now considered Geminor’s fastest-growing suppliers of waste fuel.

James Maiden, country manager for Geminor UK, said: “The UK market continues to develop as a leading waste fuel exporter, supplying an ever-increasing volume of both SRF and RDF.”

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Scots fear job losses

Businesses working in the Scottish renewable energy sector are anticipating that a sixth of their workforce will be lost within the next 12 months, an industry survey has shown.

Scottish Renewables polled its members on employment levels and confidence for the next year, with respondents predicting an average decrease in full-time equivalent posts in Scotland of 16.9%.

Jenny Hogan, director of policy at Scottish Renewables, said: “These results show that changes to and closures of support schemes are having an impact on our members and on the numbers of employees within their businesses. The UK Government is rightly excited about the economic opportunities presented by the effects of the global shift to low-carbon energy, but it is really important we don’t forget about the jobs in our renewable energy sector today.”

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Welsh recycling increases to 62%

The Welsh local authority municipal waste recycling rate increased to 62% for the 12 months ending September 2016, based on provisional data, compared with 58% for the previous year.

In the July to September 2016 quarter, 66% of local authority municipal waste in Wales was reused, recycled or composted, an increase of five percentage points when compared with the same quarter of 2015.

The residual household waste generated per person decreased by 3%, falling to 49kg per person in July to September 2016 compared with the same quarter of 2015.

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Buckinghamshire operator taken over

james capel simply waste solutions

james capel simply waste solutions

Simply Waste Solutions has acquired Wycombe Trade Waste and Skip Hire. The deal, concluded on 1 March, adds more than 500 new customers to Simply Waste’s client base.

James Capel, Simply Waste Solutions’ founder and chief executive, said: “For more than two decades, Wycombe Trade Waste has had an enviable reputation and, like ourselves, has succeeded by delivering an exceptionally responsive service at a competitive price, and so this acquisition is an ideal fit for us.”

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Council extends waste contract

Cllr john beckett, cllr eber kington & cllr clive woodbridge, epsom & ewell (sweeper)

Cllr john beckett, cllr eber kington & cllr clive woodbridge, epsom & ewell (sweeper)

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has renewed its contract with Specialist Fleet Services (SFS) for 10 years.

The company will provide 75 vehicles for a new weekly collection service, called Simply Weekly Recycling, due to be rolled out this spring.

SFS has been providing fleet services to the authority for 11 years and, under the new contract, will continue to manage the council’s workshops as well as the maintenance of the vehicles.

It will provide 12 refuse collection vehicles, along with minibuses, tippers, sweepers and grounds maintenance equipment.

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Scottish office recycling service launches

Waste collection edinburgh (small)

Waste collection edinburgh (small)

Cleaning entrepreneur Roger Green has launched an office recycling service in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Brightwaste is a spin-off from Green’s commercial cleaning business Spotless, based in Musselburgh.

The new business is designed to help companies segregate and stream their waste to improve their recycling and waste management processes without incurring high costs.

Businesses now have a legal duty to present metal, plastic, glass, paper and card separately for collection or face fines from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, which can be up to £10,000 for persistent failure.

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EA confirms Crocker replacement

Nicky cunningham

Nicky cunningham

The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed that Nicky Cunningham will be taking over from Mat Crocker as the regulator’s lead on waste crime.

Crocker announced his departure at RWM last year amid the EA cutting back some 50 of its staff.

Previously responsible for site-based regulation, Cunningham is now deputy director of waste regulation, working under director of regulated industry Marie Fallon.

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