New tech to turn plastic waste into oil; China permits PET and pellets; Veolia doubles fund payouts; Beating black plastic blues
New UK company unveils technology to turn plastic waste into oil
A new company has announced its plans to build and operate new plastic recycling plants in the UK, using what it claimed is a “breakthrough” in chemically recycling end-of-life plastics into valuable oils and chemicals.
ReNew ELP will be bringing a hydrothermal upgrading technology to the UK. The patented process uses water at high pressure and high temperatures to chemically recycle a wide range of feedstocks – including end-of-life plastics and used tyres – into stable synthetic oils and valuable chemicals.
Richard Daley, managing director, said: “The process achieves in 20 minutes what takes nature 200 million years. Our technology is unique when compared to every other thermal conversion process, as it uses water as the ‘agent of change’, so the plant can operate at far lower temperatures making it more efficient than pyrolysis or gasification.”
China permits PET and pellets
The Bureau of International Recycling been told by China’s general administration of customs that the country will allow the import of high grade PET bottle flakes as general goods for import without the need for a licence.
China has also said it will allow the import of the primary form of recycled plastic pellets processed from waste plastic without a licence being required if the batches of imported goods have the same colour, uniform particle size and shape, uniform packaging and meet the relevant specification and requirements for plastic materials or products.
Veolia doubles fund payouts
Veolia London has doubled the money available to community projects from its Recycling Fund for Communities. There will now be a maximum of £2,000 available for individual schemes that protect the environment and encourage recycling.
Rachel Jay, community support manager for Veolia London said: “Through our fund we aim to find Londoners who are passionate about protecting resources and their local environment, and empower them to realise their ideas.” It has supported 18 projects since its launch last year.
Beating black plastic blues
Colour Tone has launched a range near-infrared detectable masterbatches to satisfy ‘end of life’ recyclability concerns for problem single-life black plastic tubs, trays and films.
The company said the new black 958884 masterbatch satisfies EU food contact legislation and is priced at 0.21p per tray.
Director Tony Gaukroger said: “Historically the price premium for NIR technology has been a ‘barrier’ to its adoption. We now have a masterbatch that delivers to brand owners and retailers the required eco-benefits at a competitive price that has significantly reduced the ‘gap’ between this and conventional carbon black pigments.”
Urbaser for Hertfordshire
Waste contractor Urbaser has started a combined waste collection and street cleansing contract for 280,000 residents in the areas of North Hertfordshire District Council and East Hertfordshire Council.
The contract lasts for seven years with an option to extend it for a further seven.
Urbaser is providing a fleet of new vehicles including 7.5 and 26.0 tonnes refuse trucks, specialist food waste vehicles, sweepers, caged tippers, box vans and pavement sweepers.
Managing director Javier Peiro said: “We are installing a new state-of-the art fleet to facilitate service improvements and we plan to improve route efficiency in the future.”
Tippers caught by hidden cameras
Buckinghamshire County Council has installed cameras in remote parts of its rural area in a bid to trap fly-tippers who use fields, woods and verges for illegal disposals. The council said it had seen more than 11,000 fly-tipping cases in the last five years, costing some £500,000 a year to clean up.
Enforcement officer David Rounding said: “This means we have eyes and ears county-wide. To illustrate the point, some bird watchers sent me some evidence recently, on Twitter, appropriately enough.”
Morrisons gives to fridge project
The Community Fridge Network is to receive £45,000k from the Morrisons Foundation, run by supermarket chian Morrisons, to expand from 31 fridges to 58 by November.
These are stocked with surplus food from local businesses and households and open to anyone.
The aim is to reduce food waste, with each fridge redistributing 525kg a month of food on average.
New plant for paper recycler
Deeside recycling and transport firm Allan Morris has launched a new plant that will allow it to double its paper recycling capacity by an extra 50,000 tonnes a year.
The 87,000 square feet facility has already enabled the company to secure a further contract with UPM Shotton paper.
Co-op unveils reverse vending trial
Co-op has said it will become the first UK retailer to launch a deposit and return scheme (DRS) trial with reverse vending machines (RVS).
The pilot initiative will see the DRS unveiled at a pop-up Co-opstore at four major music festivals this summer. The RVSs will be installed on-site at Co-op pop-up stores at Download, Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals. The move has been facilitated through a partnership with Festival Republic.
Plastic bottles sold at the Co-op pop-up stores will have a mandatory deposit added to the price, with revellers able to return them to the reverse vending machine in exchange for a voucher to spend in the on-site stores. To close the loop in this trial, the bottles collected at each festival will then go on to be recycled to create bottles for Co-op’s own brand bottled water.
UKCM secures four tender wins
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UK Container Maintenance has won contracts with Oldham, Bradford, Hillingdon and Stoke-on-Trent councils to repair and refurbish their waste and recycling containers.
UKCM will help the councils save thousands of pounds in the maintenance of four wheeled bins, repairing and supplying compliant parts as necessary, ensuring that the quality, integrity and safety of the containers are never compromised throughout the refurbishment process.
Chief executive Emma Elston said: “Local authorities and waste companies throughout the UK are always looking for best value without compromising on the quality of the product and services. Here at UKCM is vital that we offer all our customers the best quality of service for the best price, with container safety being the key driver in all that we do.”
Coffee cup landmark
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Coffee cup recycler James Cropper has received its first load of coffee cups from a London MRF.
Paper Round collects from 5,000 businesses in the capital with their sorting facility based in Purfleet, Essex.
Richard Burnett, market development manager at James Cropper, said, ‘We are delighted to be getting such good quality material from a MRF. It’s vital the coffee cups are collected in a separate stream so that the virgin paper used to make them can be recycled back into valuable products like our custom-made papers and plastic-free packaging.”
Viridor recycles hard hats
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Viridor has launched what is believed to be the industry’s first hard hat recycling schemes which aims to divert thousands of complex plastic away from landfill.
Old hard hats will go from protecting heads to protecting the environment, taking on new life as a range of plastic products, such as bins. The Taunton based waste management company has teamed up with Devon plastic recycling specialists, Polymer Industries, to provide the solution at the drop of a hat.
Ian Poyser, Viridor’s account manager responsible for the offering, said: “Hard hats aren’t accepted for commercial recycling due to their complex plastic composition but we know our customers want us to identify a circular economy solution.”
Renewi’s Derby gasification facility approved for subsidy
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A Derbyshire gasification plant currently being constructed by a joint venture involving Renewi and Interserve has gained accreditation for the Government’s Renewable Obligation Certificates subsidy.
The municipal gasification plant will be part in partnership with Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils for a 27-year public-private partnership contract worth as much as £950m.
James Priestley, managing director of Renewi’s Municipal Division, said: “Not only does this accreditation bring financial support to the project, it also shows how we are using innovative technologies to operate sustainably, divert waste from landfill and create valuable products from waste.”
Viridor gas canister warning
Viridor is writing to the more than 200 local authority sites it services across the UK reminding them of the dangers gas canisters present.
Head of recycling assets (WEEE) Tom Liddell said this time of year barbecues are being prepared for summer and old cylinders were being replaced and disposed of.
“This really forms part of Viridor’s overarching public message, urging everyone to put the Right Stuff in the Right Bin. When it comes to the incorrect disposal of these gas canisters, however, not only does this impact on the safety of our staff but it undermines recycling efforts and can seriously affect the recycling infrastructure in place in the UK for waste electrical equipment.”
Bamboo Distribution wins Queen’s Award
Bamboo Distribution has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
Based in Hertfordshire, Bamboo Distribution recovers, refurbishes, resales and recycling consumer electronic devices and currently provides services for its clients in over 18 international markets as well as the UK.
The Queen’s Award for International Trade is awarded for growth and commercial success over a period of 3-5 years in global trade. Managing director Juney Mistiki said: ”By giving electronic devices a new life in international markets we’re helping to reduce landfill and provide a more sustainable lifecycle for products. This is a great achievement for the whole team at Bamboo Distribution who have invested their time and worked hard over the past nine years.”
Slicker Recycling gets finance deal
Metro Bank has announced that it has provided waste management specialists Slicker Recycling with a £3.5m invoice finance facility and £1m asset finance line, to further expand its business.
Mark Stokes, managing director commercial banking at Metro Bank said: “Slicker Recycling has some really exciting plans in the pipeline and we look forward to helping them realise them over the years to come.”
Mark Olpin, managing director at Slicker Recycling, said: “It’s been a fast moving and exciting few years at Slicker Recycling with much more to come, so the business needed a banking partner that would be agile and flexible enough to support our growth aspirations. Metro Bank’s entrepreneurial approach matched Slicker’s philosophy and culture perfectly and therefore was an easy choice to make.”