Dublin experiment fails; Axion boss calls for circular economy; CSG rebrands former Frogson site; Viridor housing contract
Dublin recycling experiment fails
An experiment with segregated litter bins in Dublin City Centre has proven a failure.
A council report said bins were placed in Wolfe Tone Square and South King Street for paper, plastic and cans.But a study over one day found only 6kg of material as collected and almost all of its was contaminated, in many cases through discarded coffee cups that members of the public mistakenly thought to be recyclable.
The report called the results “disappointing” and said bin design and public confusion were the likely causes.Dublin will now try out a single recycling bin alongside a general waste one.
Axion boss calls for circular economy
Axion Polymers Keith Freegard
Axion Polymers director Keith Freegard (pictured, right) has called for the government to put sustainability and circular economy principles at the heart of policies to encourage manufacturers to use more recycled content, conserve raw material resources and promote locally-made goods.
He told the inaugural Made in Britain workshop: “Demand creation for recycled products is important if we are to create a circular economy based on efficient recovery and reuse of our existing finite resources, such as plastics.
“The technology is there to recycle these materials and there are multiple benefits to using recycled polymers from secure, locally-sourced UK supply chains with stable pricing. It’s also a brilliant carbon-saving story.”
CSG rebrands former Frogson site
CSG acquired the former Frogson Waste Management site in central Sheffield in 2016, and has now rebranded to CSG.
The site has gained IS09001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and OHSAS1800 certifications.
Managing director Neil Richards said: “I am very proud of what the Sheffield team has achieved, and it is a further development in the group’s expansion plans, increasing markets, service diversity and geographical presence.”
The company operates more than 27 facilities across the UK.
Viridor housing contract
Viridor has won a two-year contract with a Norwich-based housing group responsible for 5,000 family homes, apartments, sheltered housing and housing with care throughout Norfolk and North Suffolk.
Broadland Housing Group (Broadland) will work with Viridor to raise awareness among its staff to ensure they segregate and recycle as much material as possible, with residual waste going to Viridor’s energy recovery facilities at Ardley in Oxfordshire and Peterborough.
Broadland, which is governed by a board of voluntary unpaid members, said it was persuaded to move away from multiple waste management contracts to a single contractor because of the holistic approach it offered.
Old stickers cause confusion
Complaints that items placed in street recycling bins in Hounslow have been sent to landfill have been dismissed by the council as the result of a misunderstanding.
It said a local resident had fixed stickers to bins stating that their content was not being recycled despite signs stating they were for recyclables.
A Hounslow council statement said it did not recycle waste from street litter bins but had completed some trials in the past promoting recycling from litter bins and had placed dual use bins on the network for this purpose. However, these trials have not been successful as the recycling was predominantly contaminated with non-recyclable materials.
Deal for Downton
Saica Paper has renewed its UK contract with transport operator CM Downton for a second time following a competitive tender in a deal worth over £4m a year.
The two companies have worked together since Saica opened its new paper mill at Partington, Manchester in 2012.
The contract covers the inbound transportation of recovered paper collected from various UK recycling sources into and the outbound delivery of paper reels to customers throughout the country.
Vertas expands into waste management
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Vertas Group Limited has acquired a majority stake in million-pound waste management and pest control business MMB Environmental. The purchase comes as Vertas Group moves to become a total facilities management provider.
The Warwickshire-based company will be rebranded as Vertas Environmental and will enhance other facilities management services the group offers, such as property management, security, contract catering and cleaning. The next priority for Vertas Environmental will be to remove as much plastic as possible from group’s catering division.
Ian Surtees, Vertas Group chief executive, said: “Waste management is a growth area for us and should lead to job creation wherever we secure new contracts.”
Trio join ACP
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Three new members have been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP), Defra’s key advisory body on the development of the Packaging Waste Regulations.
The three are: Kevin Vyse, circular economy lead for Marks & Spencer; Stuart Hayward-Higham, technical director at Suez, pictured, and Valli Murthy, circular eonomy advisor at British Glass.
ACP chair Phil Conran said; “These new appointments will bring crucial elements of expertise and experience at a very challenging time. The Government is under intense pressure to produce a range of practical initiatives in the Resource and Waste Strategy including revised packaging waste regulations options post-2020.”
Veolia’s new line
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Veolia has launched a new chemical management service designed to provide a mobile solution for identifying, listing, packing, collection and disposal of hazardous and laboratory chemical wastes.
Known as Chempac, the service provides a means to manage and dispose of these materials to ensure compliance and safety for customers.
Chempac uses qualified chemists to sample and catalogue waste to ensure compliance with waste identification legislation, and specifies the right recovery, recycling or treatment route. The service is supported by six specialist centres located across the UK.
Romania deal completed
DS Smith has completed its €208m (£183m) acquisition of EcoPack and EcoPaper, a leading integrated packaging and paper group in Romania.
The company says the deal significantly increases its capacity to serve customers in a high-growth region, as well as supporting the company’s existing operations in Eastern Europe.
Miles Roberts, group chief executive, said: “We continue to grow very strongly throughout Eastern Europe. This exciting acquisition will further expand our position and capability, providing an important platform for the continued development of our innovative ‘performance packaging’ programme in the region.”
Packager’s recycled pledge
Spectra Packaging is to include 10% recycled content to all future plastic bottles made at its manufacturing plant in East Anglia.
Spectra has launched PCR10, an initiative which customers can decline if requested.
Spectra plans to add a minimum of 10% post-consumer recycled (PCR) material to all future HDPE & PET products, and higher levels of PCR up to 100% are available if desired.
Wastecycle at 20
East Midlands waste manager Wastecycle brought together its longest-serving member of staff and most longest-serving customer to celebrate its 20th anniversary last week .
The company that was founded by Mike Shearstone and Paul Needham in 1998 marked its birthday with coffee and a giant cake served up to employees.
Needham was joined by employee Richard Ashby and Andy and Peter Stephens from customer John A Stephens, which has worked with Wastecycle since it started.
Hazardous waste prosecution
A South Devon company, Armabridge Ltd, trading as Skip-It Torbay, has been ordered to pay £16,404 in fines and costs for failing to remove thousands of tonnes of hazardous waste from two sites in Torbay.
In June 2015 an Environment Agency officer discovered asbestos contamination in a pile of approximately 3,200 tonnes of residual waste at the site in at Barton Hill Way, Torquay.
By July 2017, after a series of exchanges, the hazardous waste was still present and that an enforcement notice had been breached.
Vehicle seized by EA
A vehicle belonging to an organised gang operating in south east England has been seized by the Environment Agency and Thames Valley Police, as part of an ongoing waste crime investigation.
The vehicle is believed to be linked to the operation of an illegal waste site in the Maidenhead area.
The seizure was part of an investigation against those responsible for occupying land unlawfully and accepting tonnes of waste, often from unsuspecting sources, leaving behind the rubbish to be cleared at the expense of the landowner or taxpayer.
Devon Contract Waste to work with airline
Commercial waste management firm, Devon Contract Waste, has won the contract to design and implement programme for Exeter-based airline Flybe to divert more than 140 tonnes of waste from landfill each year.
The contract follows a complete overhaul of the airline’s waste management process and will equip Flybe employees with the facilities needed to effectively separate and sort commercial waste. Under the arrangement, Devon Contract Waste estimates that 100% of Flybe’s waste will be processed for recycling, with the remainder used to generate energy.
Flybe Group procurement director Richard Young said: “Waste and energy management have been key focus areas for the company for many years.”
Fined for wood fires
Waste company director Lee Reynolds has been fined £1,356 for the illegal storage of wood which went up in flames at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. He was also ordered to pay £5,000 costs and a victim surcharge of £135.
Around 3,000 tonnes of processed mixed waste wood in a warehouse at Lattersey Hill Industrial Estate was abandoned before March 2015 before three fires broke out.
Reynolds, aged 36, formerly of Eye Road, Peterborough, was the sole director of Biomass Products UK which owned the illegal business.
Northern Ireland gets forensic on waste crime
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and Forensic Science Northern Ireland (FSNI) have agreed to work closely to enhance their efforts in targeting waste criminals.
The organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which cements existing partnerships and points to improved links in the future.
NIEA chief executive David Small said: “Forensic Science has world-class staff and cutting-edge facilities. This MoU builds on the connection between our two organisations - we have previously sought their expertise and submitted materials to their laboratory for examination. This is the next step of a building the relationship and looking at more ways of working together.”
Allerton on stream
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Amey’s Allerton Waste Recovery Park in North Yorkshire, pictured, has been declared fully operational.
The facility takes an annual 320,000 tonnes of waste from households in North Yorkshire and York after a three-year build programme which reached its final construction milestone on 1 March following independent commissioning and testing.
The plant on a former quarry and next to a landfill site near the A1, was completed within budget by Amey under the Government’s Public Private Partnership scheme to finance, design, build and operate the facility in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council.
Suez named as a top UK company
Suez Recycling and Recovery UK has been ranked 22nd in a list of top UK firms in research carried out by Best Companies for the Sunday Times.
The Sunday Times highlighted the direct staff engagement by David Palmer-Jones, chief executive, and Kevin Sproul, HR director. A wellbeing group also meets bi-monthly to discuss initiatives to encourage the health and wellness employees. The Sunday Times concluded: “Almost half of the workforce have been here for more than five years. Staff agree that the company genuinely cares about the environment (73% positive: fifth place on our list).”
Palmer-Jones said: “I look forward to seeing how we can constantly improve, for our staff, for our customers and for the environment whose precious resources we are all trying to manage wisely.”
Boost for RT crowdfunding
Recycling Technologies (RT), which specialises in the chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste, has won £1m equity investment from global oil trader, InterChem.
RT began a fund raising on the crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, on 16 February and has won support from over 1,400 investors.
InterChem’s investment, on the same terms as existing and new investors, brings the total amount raised to just under £3.4m, nearing the current cap of £3.7m.
Veolia backs baby bank
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Veolia in the Southwark area of London has partnered with the Salvation Army Baby Bank in Camberwell to help boost the supply of reusable items to families in need.
The Baby Bank, run by Janet Martin, supports babies and families in need by providing good quality second-hand baby clothes, cots, buggies and other essentials such as baby milk.
Veolia staff at the Southwark Reuse and Recycling Centre off the Old Kent road now collect and sort reusable baby items, brought into the centre by Southwark residents, before delivering them to the Baby Bank each month.
Holiday company fined
Seaside Leisure Parks
Seaside Leisure Parks Ltd, which operates five parks in Lincolnshire, has been ordered to pay over £8,500 in fines and costs for illegally burning waste mattresses, sofas, and plastic chairs at one of the sites in July 2017.
Environment Agency staff observed acrid smoke blowing across the caravan site with the nearest caravan only 25 metres away. Following this incident, the company did not take appropriate action to remove the waste for another month.
The company had previously been warned for the same type of offending in two letters from the EA in 2010. At interview, the company admitted that the waste costs formed a considerable part of their running costs.