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News round-up March 2019

Counters to measure ’Great Wet Wipe Reef’; Molson gets Terex rights; WAMITAB helps qualifications check; Small shops get recycling advice

Counters to measure ’Great Wet Wipe Reef’

Volunteers from the Thames River Watch project will be out in force near Hammersmith bridge on Saturday (23 March) for a wet wipe pollution count.

The exercise last year found more than 5,400 discarded wet wipes from an area the size of half a tennis court. Organisers said the Thames is suffering” from a deluge of single-use plastic” so large that it was known as ‘The Thames Great Wet Wipe Reef’, because users mistakenly thought they could be discarded in toilets.

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Molson gets Terex rights

finlay scotland deal

finlay scotland deal

Molson Group has bought acquire Finlay Scotland, securing the distribution rights for Terex Finlay in Scotland. This follows its purchase of Finlay Plant (UK) last June.

Finlay Scotland sales hire and service organisations will remain unchanged.

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WAMITAB helps qualifications check

wamitab

wamitab

Changed Environment Agency regulations mean operators of permitted waste facilities must include details of which technical competence scheme they are complying with in their waste returns.

The CIWM/WAMITAB Operator Competence Scheme has pointed out that this includes the name and date of birth of the ‘technically competent managers’ for the permitted facility on each waste return.

It said this change “has the potential to become a powerful tool in the agency’s plans to ensure focussed, effective and risk-based regulation. We have worked with the Agency to ensure that a key aspect of this regulatory control, the ability to check the validity of qualifications and continuing competence achievements, is available to enforcement officers nationally at any time.”

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Small shops get recycling advice

European Recycling Platform (ERP) UK has joined the Association of Convenience Stores to advise its members on packaging reform and the potential deposit return scheme.

ACS supports its members – over 33,500 local shops - through political lobbying, advising on retail legislation, and running industry events.

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Veolia and restaurant chain unveils RVS

rk and anca 2

rk and anca 2

A reverse vending machine designed to accept plastic bottles and aluminium cans has been unveiled King’s Cross in central London by the UK’s leading recycling group Veolia and restaurant chain LEON.

Backed by research which shows 81% of people would go out their way to deposit a bottle or can, the pilot will operate for six months to encourage people to recycle while on the go. Any bottle returned will receive a voucher worth 10% off the bill at the nearest LEON restaurant.

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 Litter cam catches fly-tippers

stockton enforcement

stockton enforcement

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is using a Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera system from Innovative Safety Systems on its enforcement vehicles to catch litter throwers and fly-tippers.

Stockton’s operations manager Marc Stephenson said: “Changes in legislation now mean that if litter is thrown from a vehicle, we can trace the registration and send out a fixed penalty notice.

“However, we still need a safe and fool-proof means of capturing and recording the car registration and, where possible, the actual crime being committed.”

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Aid for overseas plastic recycling

plastics

plastics

The Department for International Development will increase its UK aid support for pilot schemes to improve plastic recycling in some of the world’s poorest countries, from £3m-£6m.

These projects will work alongside global businesses like Coca-Cola and Unilever, governments, and waste collectors to increase the amount of plastic waste collected and reused. Trials were launched in Ghana and Bangladesh last December and a project will launch soon in Uganda.

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Saica warns trade boss over Brexit uncertainty

saica trade visit

saica trade visit

The UK’s trade commissioner for Europe Andrew Mitchell has visited Saica’s Greater Manchester mill which handles recycled paper for corrugated cardboard. It is among its £530m worth of UK investment.

Managing director Pedro Gascon said: “As a European company, we believe that maintaining legal certainty and transparency will help us to understand UK´s future trading relationship with Europe. Legal certainty is a requirement for future investments in the UK.”

From left: HM trade commissioner for Europe, Andrew Mitchell; Saica Paper UK plant manager, Pasi Hayrynen; managing director Saica Group, Pedro Gascon.

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Grangemouth incinerator win for joint venture

clugston ef w

clugston ef w

A Clugston-CNIM joint venture has won the contract to build a £210m incinerator at Grangemouth for a consortium of Brockwell Energy, Green Investment Group and Covanta Energy.

The Earls Gate Energy Centre is due for completion in 2021 when it will convert 216,000 tonnes of waste a year into 79 gigawatt hours of electricity and 81GWh of heat.

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Fire hits FCC Environment plant

fire

fire

Fire has hit a bunker at FCC Environment incinerator at Allington.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said crews worked for more than 10 hours using hose reel jets to attack the fire and positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the smoke.

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New Northern Ireland plant for Terex

terex campsie site

terex campsie site

Terex Corporation is to open a new £12m manufacturing facility in Derry, with 105,000 square feet of space. It will build its Terex Ecotec waste management and recycling equipment and Terex Conveying Systems mobile product lines.

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Reconomy makes social value commitment

reconomy social value logo

reconomy social value logo

Reconomy has launched a social value programme to work with young people leaving care, ex -offenders and homeless people. The growing company has earmarked 1% of profit before interest and tax for investment in social value projects.

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Bucks clean up

fly tip

fly tip

Fly tipping has dropped across Buckinghamshire for the first time in nearly six years, according to the latest data from Buckinghamshire County Council.

The figures, based on actual fly tipping clearances, previously showed an average year to year increase of 14% from 2013 to July 2018. However, following the introduction of the countywide ‘S.C.R.A.P’ anti-fly tipping campaign last summer, instances of unsightly dumping have started to reduce.

From a peak of 2,953 clearances from public land in 2017/18, fly tipping enforcement bosses are predicting a fall to around 2,730 this year, around a 7.5% reduction.  

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Ex-HES staff in pay protest

ea pics of hes stockpiling

ea pics of hes stockpiling

Former staff of the collapsed Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) firm have picketed its premises to try to secure back pay they claim to be owed. About 30 protesters were addressed by two Labour MSPs and secured television coverage.

HES featured in the ‘body parts’ scandal when human remains were found stockpiled by regulators.

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Silver jubilee for paint project

Community RePaint project

Community RePaint project

Community RePaint, run by environmental consultancy Resource Futures, has celebrated 25 years of paint recycling, having diverted more than 5.5m litres of paint from the waste stream, which it said was more than 10 times the amount needed to decorate the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. It hopes to fill gaps in its network, in particular in London, Birmingham and Scotland.

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Veolia in Nottinghamshire charity pledge

recycle for charity veolia

recycle for charity veolia

Nottinghamshire residents have raised £1,836 under the Recycle for Charity Campaign for Nottingham Children’s Hospital. Contractor Veolia pledged to donate £2 for every tonne of recyclable plastic bottles and cans collected from kerbside recycling bins, and 918 tonnes were collected.

Picture from left: Caroline Saddington, chair’s consort; Wayne Draycott, treatment manager for Veolia Nottinghamshire; Sue Saddington, chair of Nottinghamshire County Council

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Gove meets pupils at reverse vending machine

gove schoolchildren

gove schoolchildren

Environment secretary Michael Gove has met pupils from Damers First School in Dorset, who had travelled to London to see the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s reverse vending machine for drinks containers.

Damers First has become a ‘plastic-free school’, and pupils are also heling to create an eco-school and an eco-community in Poundbury, Dorset.

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Boris meets DS Smith

boris johnson dssmith edit 01

boris johnson dssmith edit 01

DS Smith showed backbench MP Boris Johnson around its West London recycling facility. Key figures from DS Smith, including Recycling Division UK managing director, Mathew Prosser, talked about the importance of quality and shared the company’s “eight must haves for recycling”.

Johnson said: “Following my visit to DS Smith’s Uxbridge recycling depot, I can see how critical it is that Government continues to collaborate with industry experts around the resources and waste strategy. Businesses such as DS Smith provide Government with hands-on advice that will allow the UK to further strengthen its position as a leader on environmental and economic policy.

”Sustainability is a top priority for me and it has been fascinating to learn more about the circular business model operated by DS Smith here in my constituency.”

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MRWA and Veolia back Liverpool swapshop

mrwa gtdt1

mrwa gtdt1

A community group has been awarded £8000 from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia community fund for recycling roadshows, clothes swaps and arts and crafts courses.

Volunteers clocked up more than 8,300 hours in aid of the Granby Toxteth Development Trust. The Lodge Lane-based organisation have been delivering recycling projects in the area since 2013.

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Urbaser starts two council contracts

urbaser waste services contract tonbridge and mallihng and tunbridge wells. feb 2019

urbaser waste services contract tonbridge and mallihng and tunbridge wells. feb 2019

Urbaser Ltd will start to deliver recycling, waste collection and street cleaning services for Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council on 1 March and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on 30 March.

In October 2018, Urbaser was awarded an eight-year contract to deliver a significantly improved recycling service to 101,000 homes as well as provide a more efficient street cleaning services across both boroughs.

The new service will include: weekly food waste collections; a fortnightly collection of residual waste; an alternative fortnightly collection of mixed dry recyclables. This includes plastics, cans, cartons, glass, paper and card; a separate fortnightly collection of garden waste as an opt-in chargeable service; and additional collections of textiles, household batteries and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).

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Norfolk sets sights on cutting plastic waste

plastic waste

plastic waste

Norfolk County Council is planning to cut back on single-use plastics and food waste.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport committee, said: “We want to be working in ways that make the very best use of our resources, both financial and environmental. It’s clear that what we’ve done already has been very effective and I hope that all the topics we’ll be discussing next week will allow us to build on that.”

A charter aiming to extend the work already underway to cut single-use plastics is on the cards. Alongside that are plans to use County Hall as a best practice example, for cutting one use plastics including food and drink packaging, which could be replicated at offices and schools across Norfolk.

Reducing food waste is on the agenda too with councillors looking at whether the authority should sign up to the national Courtauld Agreement which brings together organisations involved in the food system to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.

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