Gatwick ’carbon neutral’; New Cory appointments; Metal fire in East Sussex; New BPF president
Gatwick ’carbon neutral’
Gatwick has been officially recognised as a carbon neutral airport through its use of 100% renewable electricity and carbon credits to offset ground fuel emissions.
The award, from ACI Europe, means that Gatwick Airport Ltd completed Airport Carbon Accreditation at Level 3+ in 2016 for all ground operation emissions that the airport controls – including fuels, electricity and business travel – having achieved Level 3 for the preceding three years.
The airport has also published a report on progress against 10 ambitious environmental and community-focused targets from 2010-20. They include a 5% reduction in annual carbon emissions from fuel and energy and zero untreated operational and commercial waste to landfill
New Cory appointments
Julian Walker (pictured) has been appointed chief operating officer for Cory Riverside Energy, joining from Impala Terminals where was responsible for 1,700 staff globally.
Andy Pike, currently director of Cory’s London business, will become strategic infrastructure development director and his responsibilities include leading the Cringle Dock waste transfer station, the redevelopment of Charlton barge yard and lighterage, and the development of a new data centre located close to the group’s Belvedere facility.
Ben Butler becomes finance director after two-and-a-half years as Cory’s head of group finance.
Metal fire in East Sussex
Source: East Sussex Fire & Rescue
The main A27 road near Lewes in East Sussex was closed by a fire at a Light Bros facility on 25 May. Appliances had left by 6am the following day.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said 200 tonnes of scrap metal caught fire, and plumes of black smoke were seen for miles around the scene of the blaze.
People living nearby were advised to close their windows because of smoke and a nearby travellers’ site was evacuated.
New BPF president
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Bruce Margetts, managing director of Bericap in the UK, is the new president of the British Plastics Federation (BPF), having succeeded David Hall at the organisation’s annual meeting.
Margetts has extensive experience in the plastics industry, having worked with the Autobar Group and RPC before Bericap.
For the BPF, he has served as chairman of its Plastics and Flexible Packaging Group and helped to guide the evolution of the federation’s Climate Change Agreement for Plastics, BPF Energy.
TJ creates finance role
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TJ, the Hampshire-based provider of bulk haulage, aggregates and waste management services, has appointment Barry Curtis as its first head of finance, having previously used external accountants.
Alongside day-to-day responsibilities, Curtis has been specifically tasked with enhancing the company’s management information.
TJ managing director, John Gosling, said: “Having seen such significant growth in the past few years, the time was right for TJ to bring all the finance functions in-house. We feel supremely confident that, under Barry’s leadership, the financial management of the company will be in safe and skilful hands.”
New equipment for LSS
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LSS Waste Management has taken delivery of two new Liebherr loading shovels and a Liebherr telehandler worth more than £400,000.
The new arrivals take LSS’s investment in new equipment in 2017 to more than £3.5m.
Nigel Woolford, managing director, said: “The amount of recyclable waste we are handling has grown by 20% over the last couple of years and, with our new biomass plant scheduled to come on-line in the summer, things are only going to get busier.”
- Photo: LSS Waste’s general manager Ian Grimes with Liebherr’s area sales manager Andy Foster.
UKWSL’s new board
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Waste and recycling brokerage UKWSL, founded in 2003 by Garry Johnson and Chris Giscombe, has announced a new management structure with a board structure under managing director Max Kanda (pictured from left: Giscombe, Johnson, Kanda).
Internal promotions include Jane Mellor moving from group financial controller to finance director; Rachel Mann to operations director; Matt Batey to technology director; Les Clayton to safety, health, environment and quality director; and Cathy Cook to people director. The only external appointment sees Roland Archer become sales director.
Kanda said: “UKWSL has set itself an ambitious five-year plan, one that will see annual sales more than double. It was therefore imperative that there was not only a change of culture in the business but that we had the right team in place to deliver on that plan.”
Veolia’s environmental recognition
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Source: James Royall
Veolia has been accredited for the second successive year for the Environmental Leadership Award from Business in the Community in recognition of its Resourcing the World programme, producing green products and green energy.
The company says the renewal highlights its shift to a resource management company committed to the circular economy, and its continuing work to embed a sustainable approach to decision-making.
Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice-president Veolia UK & Ireland (pictured), said: “We are committed to a low-carbon economy and we are supporting our growth through a £750m investment in the UK over the next five years, as well as developing more sustainable innovation projects.”
EU ready to negotiate CE package
The Council of the EU has agreed its priorities in negotiating the terms of the circular economy package with the European Parliament.
Discussions will centre on “a number of outstanding elements” in the package proposals, including definitions of waste, how to set and calculate binding targets, end-of-waste criteria, extended producer responsibility schemes and waste prevention.
Negotiations will begin on 30 May.
CSG expands apprenticeship
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Waste management group CSG is planning to expand its apprenticeship training programme.
The Fareham-based company has apprentices working in its service and maintenance and driving departments who are combining external and workplace training leading to approved technical qualifications.
The latest member of staff to complete a three-year apprenticeship is 22-year-old Daniel Fairhurst (pictured), who works as an electrician at the company’s hazardous waste treatment site in Cadishead, near Manchester.
Casepak has been awarded a three-year contract to process 3,800 tonnes a year of Rutland County Council’s mixed dry recyclables.
The council offered the contract to process the county’s dry mixed recyclables for tender earlier this year and Casepak won following a competitive selection process.
The contract, which started at the beginning of May and will continue until 2020, is the latest development in a partnership with Rutland which began in 2011.
Equity boost for First Mile
First Mile, the London-based recycling company, has announced investment from private equity firm Growth Capital Partners to fund further growth.
The company management team will continue to lead the business.
Bruce Bratley, chief executive and founder, said: ”We want to dominate our core London territories and continue expanding to regional towns and cities across the UK. We will also keep enhancing our technology so that our vision of being able to recycle everything becomes a reality.”
Smurfit Kappa sustainability progress
Smurfit Kappa has reported good progress in meeting its 2020 sustainability goals in its tenth annual sustainability report.
In the decade since it started formally measuring its sustainability impact, Smurfit Kappa reached full Chain of Custody certification for its entire raw material supply chain. At the same time it has cut CO₂ emissions by 23% and the quality of its discharge water improved by 32%, both on track for its 2020 target of 25% and 33% respectively.
Smurfit Kappa’s sustainability report measures year-on-year progress with a focus on five priority areas (forest, climate change, water, waste and people).
Glass proves popular with public
More than half of UK consumers want food and drink in glass packaging, preferring its higher recyclability compared to other packaging materials, according to new research.
The findings of the independent pan-European survey is the latest research to be commissioned by Friends of Glass and FEVE. It reveals the evolution of consumers’ perception towards the use of glass packaging across 11 European countries from 2008 through to 2017.
Nick Kirk, technical director at trade body British Glass, said: “The research gives us good insight into UK consumers’ thoughts about glass packaging. We were pleased to find that many people are aware of the environmental reasons for buying and using glass: 54% stated that they would use glass because of its higher recyclability compared to other packaging materials, and 64% saw glass as the most environmentally friendly packaging material.”
M&S extends food donation
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Marks & Spencer (M&S) has extended its nationwide food redistribution scheme to include chilled food such as meat, dairy items and ready meals, as part of its Plan A target of reducing food waste by 20% by 2020.
Launched in October 2015, the existing scheme has helped M&S to connect all its stores to local food charities and community groups, donating 1.25 million meals to 595 food charities across the UK and Northern Ireland.
M&S works in partnership with Neighbourly, a social network, to connect local charities with their local M&S store.
Wastecycle wins auction contract
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The auctioneer John Pye has awarded a waste contract to Wastecycle for the company’s head office in Nottingham.
John Pye started his company in 1968, undertaking probate property clearances and it is now the UK’s biggest independent commercial auctioneers offering disposal services for high street retailers, insolvency practitioners and government agencies.
“With our previous supplier taking up to two weeks to collect a full roll-on, roll-off container, we needed a partner which could deliver a high-quality service and ensure timely collections,” says Mike Vitale, John Pye’s general auction manager. “Wastecycle is a local company, with an excellent reputation and has offered to collect containers within 24 hours, which is going to be fantastic for us.
Three deals for RPC
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RPC bpi refuse is celebrating three deals across the healthcare, facilities management and cleaning sectors with a combined annual value of over £6m per annum.
NHS Supply Chain is buying clinical waste sacks, clear and coloured sacks for general waste purposes and specialist products such as patient property plastic bags. The other customers are the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation, jointly owned by six local authorities, and Mayflower Washroom Solutions.
RPC bpi refuse is part of British Polythene Ltd which was purchased in August 2016 by RPC Group.
RCV donated to college
Leicestershire waste management company Bakers Waste has handed over a fully functional refuse truck to the students at Stephenson College in Coalville.
The donation underpins a growing relationship between the college and Bakers Waste, which has two apprentices from the college’s HGV Maintenance & Repair course working at the company’s head office in Beaumont Leys.
The RCV will now get a second lease of life as a training vehicle for students to get hands-on mechanical experience.
BIR considers HK regime
Officials from the Hong Kong (HK) waste industry and regulatory bodies will address the next convention of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), which begins on 21 May.
Speakers from the HK environment protection department include Hon-Meng Wong, assistant director for waste reduction & recycling, and Gary Tam, senior environmental protection officer, compliance division.
Tam will share his expertise on HK’s current import and export controls on the scrap trade, with a focus on a WEEE control scheme to be rolled out later this year.
Innovative waste model from JCB
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JCB has marked a special waste and recycling event near its Staffordshire HQ by unveiling its Teleskid model (pictured), the first skid steer and compact track loader with a telescopic boom.
The machine can reach 60% further forward than any other skid steer on the waste and recycling market and reach 8% higher than any other skid steer.
JCB chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope said: “This machine will surpass the expectations of our customers. The Teleskid can reach further forward and lift higher and can also, if required, dig deeper than any other skid steer.”
Council offshoot expands
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Bristol Waste Company (BWC) has launched a commercial waste and recycling collection service for Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Following the establishment of its domestic collection services in August 2015, the BWC commercial team (pictured) is offering companies across the city a waste management service which includes general waste and recycling, shredding, commercial skips and clinical waste.
BWC was set up as a Teckal company by Bristol City Council.
Living wage first
Paper Round is claiming to be the first waste management company in the UK to gain the Living Wage Foundation accreditation.
The accreditation means that Paper Round has ensured all staff receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45 in the UK or £9.75 in London, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff.
Paper Round was established in 1988 by Friends of the Earth.
Skan integrates two key brands
Skan Group Holdings, the private family-owned group which owns both Boughton Engineering and Oldbury UK, is to integrate the two businesses, while retaining the identities and values of both ‘iconic brands’.
Announcing the move, group managing director Richard Skan says: “In Boughton and Oldbury, we have two of the most respected, indeed iconic and valued brands in the niche engineering market sectors they serve. We will keep and develop the clearly defined identities of both of these.
“From a commercial, operational and administrative point of view, it makes compelling business sense to integrate the two entities: they are co-located, they share management, workforce, skills and facilities – as well as ethos, commitment and vision.”
Food waste boost for Hills
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The food waste recycling service run by Swindon-based Hills Waste Solutions is expanding.
A collection vehicle has been bought, with the number of bins picked up each month growing from 196 in March 2016 to 952 in March this year.
Gary McKinnon, divisional director, said: “We launched the food waste recycling service last year and it is proving very popular with a wide variety of restaurants, shops, offices and factories across Swindon and Wiltshire.”
New vehicles for DS Smith
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Ryder is supplying 27 trucks and trailers to DS Smith Recycling. The new vehicles are in addition to approximately 90 vehicles and forklifts supplied by Ryder that are already in service with DS Smith.
The vehicles include four DAF CF330 FAN 6x2 26-tonne bin lifts (rear end loaders) with Inco-Mol Pusher 4000 skipjack refuse collection bodies.
Also part of the order are six DAF CF410 FAS 26-tonne drawbar hook lift trucks, two DAF CF460 FTG 44-tonne tractor units, and 15 specialised trailers including drawbar recycling units, walking floor food waste units, and walking floor paper waste units.
Geminor EfW terminal open
EfW specialist Geminor has opened a logistics terminal in Aalborg Harbour as part of its expansion in Denmark.
The facility will be used for the import and national distribution of specialist waste fuels from England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany.
The 2,500sq m terminal, which is now in full operation, will handle more than 30,000 tonnes of refused-derived fuel and solid recovered fuel every year. The facility will provide high-quality feedstock to energy recovery facilities across Denmark.
Furniture Recycling Group hails John Lewis deal
Mattress recycler The Furniture Recycling Group (TFRG) has said its partnership with retailer John Lewis has diverted 1,500 tonnes of waste from landfill. With the support of TFRG, John Lewis offers customers the option to include a mattress disposal and recycling service.
As part of the service, the retailer picks up customers’ old mattresses and takes them to one of its many distribution hubs. From there, the mattresses are sent to TFRG to be recycled. As a direct result of the partnership, John Lewis was able to collect and recycle approximately 58,000 mattresses in 2016 alone.
Nick Oettinger, managing director at TFRG, said: “Since launch we have diverted more than one million mattresses and 3,500 tonnes of mattress components from landfill. With John Lewis on board, we can look to see these promising figures growing more and more.”
Glass collectors for Cawleys
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Cawleys has taken delivery of two new glass collection vehicles decorated in the company’s platinum livery to mark its 70th anniversary.
The Rossi R300s with a DAF tractor unit have a five-tonne payload and represent a £180,000 investment, part of a £3m programme of investment by Cawleys across the business this year.
Phil Gudgeon, head of waste collection, said: “We see a good, stable future in this market and our new vehicles reflect our belief in that. We are committed to offering a competitive service for our customers, and ensuring that every waste stream contributes to the closed loop economy.”
US waste sector worth £90bn
A report from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) says the waste industry accounts for nearly half a million jobs in the US and generates more than $116bn (£90bn) annually in economic activity
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Robin Wiener, president of ISRI (pictured), said: “There is still a lot of unpredictability in the markets and uncertainty about the impact public policy decisions may have on trade. However, this study proves that the recycling industry is an economic force and must have a strong voice in conversations related to international trade and fiscal policies in Washington.”
According to the report, the recycling industry is responsible for more than 534,500 direct and indirect jobs in the US. This includes more than 155,630 direct jobs that pay an average of $76,515 in wages and benefits.