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News round-up May 2019

Lwarb and Ted Baker to investigate clothes hire; Agency raids illegal east midlands sites; Firms strike SRF supply deal; First licence signed for HERU

Lwarb and Ted Baker to investigate clothes hire

The London Waste and Recycling Board, consultancy QSA Partners and fashion retailers including Ted Baker, Farfetch and FW are to pilot circular economy business models such as clothes hire, product resale, repair and rental services for the clothing industry.

They said consumers increasingly demanded more sustainable options from brands, and circular approaches offered companies more value and profit while reducing their environmental impact.

Press release

Agency raids illegal east midlands sites

environment agency illegal site wellingborough

environment agency illegal site wellingborough

The largest one-day sting ever carried out by the Environment Agency (EA) and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed illegal activity at 27 sites across Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire – half of all those visited.

Officers found four sites where waste had been burnt illegally, four which were actively and illegally treating and transferring waste, and a number containing construction and demolition waste, vehicle parts and household waste.

Some of the sites contained overflowing skips and more than 5,000 tonnes of waste being stored illegally.

The EA said further enforcement action could include work with local authorities, the police, and HMRC to prevent and disrupt crime.

Press release

Firms strike SRF supply deal

powerday andusia deal

powerday andusia deal

Andusia has signed a solid recovered fuel (SRF) supply contract with Powerday, after the latter completed a £2m upgrade to its west London MRF allowing it to increase SRF production. The higher calorific value means it is suitable for use in cement kiln facilities, replacing fossil fuels, Andusia said.

It expects to export 10,000 tonnes a year of SRF to be recovered at a cement plant in the Mediterranean.

Press release

First licence signed for HERU

heru unit

heru unit

Greentech firm HERU, whose process uses uneaten food, single use plastics, nappies and coffee cups as fuel to heat water has signed its first licence agreement, with James Clark Technologies.

Clark intends to manufacture and sell HERU by summer 2020. The partnership follows a successful technical trial at Wychavon District Council, where HERU used resources from the council cafe to heat water.

Press release

Geminor cuts CO2 emissions

Geminor balling

Geminor balling

Waste management firm Geminor has said that its operations saved emissions of around 284,700 tonnes of CO2 last year, equivalent to the emissions from 148,000 cars.

Geminor in 2018 handled 1.36m tonnes refuse derived fuel, solid recovered fuel, household waste, wood, rubber, plastic, metal and hazardous materials.

Press release

Suez changes livery

Suez

Suez

Suez

A fleet of 41 new Suez commercial collection vehicles has taken to the streets dressed in bold new livery.

The design is intended to raise awareness for the #suez4ocean campaign. They feature full-wrap images that ”bring the beauty of nature to unexpected places”.

Together with the two #suez4ocean designs, there are four additional liveries designed to spark a nation-wide discussion and celebrate the hard work required to manage resources responsibly. 

Press release

Council consults on slashing bring sites

Leicester recycling

Leicester recycling

Leicester City Council has launched a consultation on a drastic reduction in the number of recycling bring sites it operates.

It proposes to remove paper and card recycling banks at 27 sites and glass banks at 62 sites and instead Introduce 25 recycling sites accepting paper, card, glass, metal cans and plastic bottles. It said there had been a significant fall in the sites’ use since its improved ‘orange bag’ (pictured) household recycling service began in 2011.

Council report

FCC starts Suffolk contract

swns fcc ipswich 008

swns fcc ipswich 008

Suffolk County Council and FCC Environment have begun a new eight-year contract for the operation of 11 Recycling Centres in Suffolk from 16 May

The new contract aims to drive up recycling in Suffolk with a customer focus, improving the experience for people visiting the sites while maximising the amount of materials reused and recycled across the county. Some of the key features of the new contract are a greater emphasis on reuse, the use of enhanced technology to speed up throughput and tackle trade waste abuse as well as ongoing site improvements.

Paul West, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for waste, said: “This is a high-profile service with over 1.5 million users each year across the 11 sites. We are delighted to once again be working with FCC Environment, who have demonstrated they have the experience and ambition to deliver against our targets and work in partnership with us to provide an excellent service for residents throughout the county.”

Press release

CSG Recovery searches for silver 

csg recovery

csg recovery

Waste management company CSG is investing in its Cadishead business to focus on silver recovery projects.

CSG’s specialist arm, CSG Recovery, is expanding of its services as it sees an increase in silver recovery work.

CSG Recovery, created following the acquisition of industrial waste specialist Remondis UK Ltd, collects photographic solutions to extract the silver content through a chemical process, which is also used for X-rays, including dental images. It means silver bars can then be recycled back into the market.

Technical operations manager Greg Smith said: “Silver recovery has been a diminishing industry over the past few years as the photographic industry saw a shift to digital. However, we are now seeing a resurgence in people’s interest in photography thanks to mobile phone apps which are making it easier to have photos delivered in the post.”

Press release

County’s fly-tip fines pass £1m mark

bucks fly tip

bucks fly tip

Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire passed the £1m milestone in the amounts fly tippers have had to pay out through prosecution for illegal dumping.

Marcin Seweryn’s case marked this (pictured) when he pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court imposed a fine, costs and a victim surcharge totalling more than £2,300. He was caught by a surveillance camera dumping carpet and underlay waste.

Press release

Boxing champion backs Powerday initiative

buatsi

buatsi

British light heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic bronze medallist, Joshua Buatsi has become an ambassador for the Powerday Foundation, a body that supports youth sports sponsored by waste management firm Powerday. Buatsi (pictured, centre) won the Powerday-sponsored London Amateur Boxing Association title in 2014 and 2015, and later turned professional.

He said: “I am now pleased to be in a position and able to return my support and endorse the work of the Powerday Foundation, London Boxing and all of the clubs across the capital who do so much on a daily basis for thousands of young people- both male and female, from challenging areas and estates.”

Press release

Bin brings waste warning to beaches

uel students

uel students

Two product design students from the University of East London have designed a rubbish bin that encourages people to responsibly dispose of plastic waste near beaches. Emily Hodgkinson and George Davis (pictured) created a bin casing in the shape of a life ring with images and messages that highlights the impact of plastic pollution on sea life.

Press release

Project seeks to drive odour from plastic waste

chris kerridge project manager luxus

chris kerridge project manager luxus

Plastics compounder Luxus is to work with the University of Lincoln and manufacturers Matrix Moulding Systems and One 51 on a project funded by a £840,462 Innovate UK grant to develop a process to remove retained odour from post-consumer recycled plastics.

Recycled plastics have a ‘scent memory’ from contact with heavily perfumed detergents or food that creates quality issues inhibiting further use. The project will seek to remove these, so the materials can be put to higher value uses than at present.

Pictured is Luxus project manager Chris Kerridge.

 Press release

PowerHouse announces cheap energy from plastic deal

student demo power house energy demonstration unit at chester university

student demo power house energy demonstration unit at chester university

PowerHouse Energy Group, which produces hydrogen and clean energy production from waste plastic, has announced its development partner, Waste2Tricity Limited (W2T), has agreed that electricity will be sold into a private grid operated by the Protos site in Cheshire. The site is being developed by Peel Environmental. 

W2T has also agreed a supply agreement for unrecyclable plastic. A memorandum of understanding has been agreed by W2T with recycler Advanced Sustainable Developments (ASD), which will see the two companies work collaboratively at the site. The generated electricity will be supplied back to ASD from the Protos private grid at discount to current power market prices.

David Ryan, PowerHouse chief executive, said: ”We are very pleased that our DMG energy recovery technology will be a key part of the solution at Protos fostered by Peel Environmental with W2T and ASD, which envisages the regeneration of plastics in a circular economy approach to waste management. This matches our vision for the application of the DMG technology and we believe it heralds the finalisation of a number of further DMG projects.”

Press release

Sheehan scholarship first

ryan manton graduation 1

ryan manton graduation 1

The first student to be awarded the Sheehan Scholarship in Sustainable Urban Development has graduated from the University of Oxford.

Ryan Manton completed an MSc in the subject at Kellogg College and graduated this month, having filed a dissertation which explored the barriers to sustainable development. The 35-year-old architect is the first person to benefit from the scholarship for his two-year course.

Sheehan Group plays a large part in sustainable development in Oxfordshire, recycling construction and demolition waste into fresh aggregates, sand and concrete blocks as part of a circular economy.

“It was an amazing help,” said Manton. “Education is expensive and I’m not sure it would have been possible to take up the course without it. It was an amazing opportunity.”

Press release

First Mile’s compostable packaging 

recycling sacks first mile

recycling sacks first mile

First Mile has launched a dedicated compostable recycling packaging service for businesses, which will see the packaging transformed into nutrient-rich fertiliser. 

The company also provides a recycling service to more than 25,000 businesses. Its compostable packaging collections will be available to both new and existing customers via dedicated kerbside collection sacks.

First Mile’s founder and chief exeuctive Bruce Bratley said: “There’s been a significant increase in the amount of compostable packaging being used by sustainability-savvy businesses, but these items need to be processed properly to provide any environmental benefits.”

Press release

Enva launches new wood website

enva

enva

Enva has launched a new wood recycling website – enva.com/wood which combines all its waste wood expertise on one site.

The launch marks the culmination of months of work to consolidate Hadfield Wood Recyclers into Enva’s existing wood recycling business, making it one of the largest wood recycling operations in the UK.

Enva is a sponsor of MRW’s National Recycling Awards in June.

Vicki Hughes, group business development director for Enva wood recycling, said: “This new site is a first for Enva in that it details information about a specific resource stream on a separate site, but it is still part of the main Enva website. We’re excited that our waste wood services can be showcased so well.”

Press release

Metals industry shuns ’rag and bone’ image

emr metal recycling

emr metal recycling

Public ignorance is widespread about the metal recycling industry, a survey for EMR has found. While 65% of people correctly said they would take waste metal to a tip or recycling centre, 17% likened the industry to “a rag-and-bone business” and 4% assumed it harboured criminals.

EMR’s UK chief executive Andrew Brady said: “The British public would probably be amazed at just how technologically advanced the metal recycling industry is. Companies like ours invest millions of pounds every year on technology that improves recycling rates.”

Press release

Renewi snaps up Rotie to strengthen Dutch portfolio

renewi shanks logo

renewi shanks logo

International waste-to-product recycler Renewi has bought Dutch food waste recycler Rotie Organics for a nominal sum.

Rotie Organics collects, sources, de-packages and pre-treats out-of-date food waste, and its depackaging facility is based opposite Renewi’s Amsterdam anaerobic digestion plant. As part of the acquisition, 45 staff, more than 20 trucks and customer contracts as well as the depackaging plant will be transferred to Renewi.

The Renewi business, under the Orgaworld brand, makes green electricity and compost out of food waste. It already has five facilities in the Netherlands offering composting, AD and waste water treatment. Across facilities in Amsterdam alone, Orgaworld produces enough green energy to power 15,000 homes.

Renewi chief executive Otto de Bont said: “This acquisition is an exciting development for us. It enhances our leading position in the Dutch organics market, strengthens the Renewi brand and creates a platform for future growth.”

Press release

FEAD finds route to recycling target

European flags

586 Europe European flags

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) has found the main measures needed to help all EU member states meet the recycling target of 50% by 2020 are green public procurement policy, strong enforcement of legislation, mandatory recycled content in certain products and C02 taxation.

These ideas came from members invited at a workshop to imagine they had been appointed EU commissioner for the environment.

FEAD president Jean-Marc Boursier said: “Circular economy targets will only be achieved with member states’ strengthened efforts, and the long-term involvement and investments of the private waste management industry.”

Press release

Council backs community waste group

south northamptonshire low waste group clare whitehead

south northamptonshire low waste group clare whitehead

A community Facebook group which shares advice on how to reduce waste has won backing from South Northamptonshire Council. The Low Waste Living (Daventry and Towcester Area) Facebook group was set up by council planning officer Clare Whitehead (pictured) and has nearly 900 members.

Council executive director for operations Jane Carr said: “What grass roots groups like this can achieve is to inspire others to do more. They can innovate quickly and test out new ideas.”

Press release

O’Donovan takes diversity role

jacqueline odonovan

jacqueline odonovan

Jacqueline O’Donovan has been named as vice-chair of the diversity and inclusion group of the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce.

She is managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, and a supporter of promoting opportunities and advancing best practice in the transport and logistics sector.

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