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News round-up November 2016

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New HQ for family firm; Peterborough fly-tip fine; MP visits Viridor MRF; Injunction order served on waste site operatives

New HQ for family firm

Bakers Waste Services, the Leicester-based family business, has relocated to new premises which house sales, operations, accounts, administration and a bespoke vehicle maintenance workshop.

The business already services 5,000 customers across Leicestershire and the East Midlands and the new base will enable growth in both services and geographic areas.

Paul Baker, the founder and managing director at Bakers, said: “We are very proud to have made this step forwards and thank our loyal customers who have supported us over the last 14 years to get to this stage.”

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Peterborough flytip fine

Peterborough flytip

Peterborough flytip

Peterborough resident De Jesus Nogueira has been ordered to pay more than £1,300 after pleading guilty to fly-tipping. He was fined £738 and ordered to pay £500 costs and a £73 victim surcharge fee.

The prosecution followed a city council investigation which found evidence consisting of garden waste, wood, carpet and household waste left at the scene at Willow Drove, Newborough.

This evidence led the council’s prevention and enforcement officers to Nogueira and he admitted arranging to remove waste from a property for financial gain.

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MP visits Viridor MRF

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Alan whitehead to ford

Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, has visited Viridor’s Ford MRF in West Sussex.

Whitehead said: “I was particularly interested in seeing high-quality recyclate ready to be sent for re-manufacture.”

Pictured L-R: Dan Cooke of Viridor, Whitehead and Alan Storer of West Sussex County Council

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Injunction order served on waste site operatives

A high court interim injunction order has been served on two operatives of an unlawful waste site in Staffordshire – prohibiting them from importing or processing material there.

Staffordshire County Council served the order on Denis Ward and Steven Reeves-Morgan this week, meaning no material can be brought onto or processed at Oak Tree Farm at Slitting Mill near Rugeley.

It says waste material has been burning at the site for a number of weeks.

Any breach of the order could result in a fine, assets being seized or imprisonment. A full order can be made after a trial, which should take place in early 2017.

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Deadline for EU plastic bag laws

By 27 November, all EU governments need to have adopted measures to cut the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags, and informed the European Commission about it.

The Commission aims to reduce the number of bags used per person from 200 currently to fewer than 40 in 2025.

In the UK, a mandatory 5p bag charge for larger retailers was introduced in October last year, with multiple reports that it has led to a significant reduction in usage.

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Viridor donates to Christmas fund

Viridor and technology specialist Babcock and Wilcox Vølund (BWV) have completed 50% construction of their energy from waste plant in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland.

To mark the occasion, Viridor and BWV donated £3,500 to the Dunbar Christmas Lights Fund.

Each year, the town celebrates Christmas by decking the high street in Christmas lights and this donation will go towards the repair and maintenance of the lights.

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Sheffield orders £10,000 in litter penalties

A total of 26 people have been ordered to pay out more than £400 each after being successfully prosecuted for littering by Sheffield City Council’s environmental protection Service.

Each person was offered the opportunity to pay a £75 fixed penalty but refused, so were taken to Sheffield Magistrates Court on 22 November.

All of the offenders were fined £220, as well as being told to pay the council’s costs of £168.79 and a victim surcharge of £20.

In all, the fines, costs and surcharges total £10,629.

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Research into biomass logistics

The Energy Technologies Institute has appointed energy consultancy Baringa Partners to lead a bioenergy project, alongside Ecofys and LLamasoft, examining the future of biomass logistics in the UK.

The six month project will model different scenarios, highlighting actions required to ensure logistics infrastructure in the UK can support a growing bioenergy sector.

The project team will start by reviewing the current status of biomass logistics infrastructure in the UK and how it has developed, while also identifying and drawing on lessons that can be learnt from the development of logistics networks in other relevant sectors such as oil, coal and other commodities.

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Hampshire replaces HWRC

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Hampshire eastleigh hwrc

Hampshire County Council has opened a HWRC in Eastleigh to replace another facility that will close in December.

The new site located on Stoneycroft Rise, just off Chestnut Avenue will replace the closing Woodside Avenue facility, which will be used to build approximately 90 homes.

The new site has almost triple the amount of car parking compared with the old site at Woodside Avenue - providing spaces for up to 22 vehicles.

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Biffa wins John Lewis deal

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Solar compactor 5

Biffa has been awarded a three-year contract to provide integrated waste management services for the John Lewis Partnership.

The new contract, which will be delivered on behalf of facilities management firm MML, will include the collection of general waste, mixed recycling and food waste across the John Lewis Partnership’s full UK estate, which includes 48 John Lewis shops and 350 Waitrose supermarkets.

Biffa’s capability to support customers in the management of food waste is set to be boosted by investment in additional food waste transfer stations across the UK.

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‘Scotland’s first’ solar-powered compactor

Scottish paper firm Highlander International Recycling has installed a solar powered waste compactor fitted with bin tipper at Arjo Wiggins in Aberdeen – the first machine of its kind in Scotland.

The machine was supplied by Dave Knowles of Clydesdale Technical services.

The installation is part of a long-term contract between Highlander and Arjo where all non-hazardous waste materials are collected and processed and included provision of a normal mains driven compactor and tipper unit, in another area of the site.

Stephen Duffy, director at Highlander, said: “This represents a £50,000 total investment in equipment which we estimate will save Arjo about £30,000 in collection and disposal costs over the contract period.”

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Tattoo firm boss gets fly-tip penalty

The owner of a tattoo parlour has been ordered to pay £1,274 after 40 bags of commercial waste were found fly tipped in Southgate, Preston on 2 June.

Evidence in the bags linked the waste to the Vintage Ink Tattoo Studio in Langcliffe Road, Preston.

When first approached by officers of the council, Daniel Phillipson admitted paying someone to remove the waste from his business.

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GIB appraises green impact of Moroccan bond

Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP) has launched a €100m (£86m) green bond at COP 22 in Marrakesh, the proceeds of which will be used to refinance its investments in selected renewable energy projects in Morocco.

BCP enlisted the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) to produce a green impact report on the projects to be refinanced by the BCP bond.

The report outlines GIB’s assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutant emissions and fossil fuel consumption expected to be avoided by those projects.

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Tornado tears into JCB

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2000 jcb tornado

Hurricane-force winds from a mini-tornado damaged JCB’s HQ at Rocester in Staffordshire.

Production was suspended for 30 minutes and no-one was injured.

Assembly manager Richard Williams said: “I heard an enormous crash. I saw the wall and the windows had come out and a big whirlwind of leaves and branches blowing around outside.”

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MP visits paper mill

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2000 saica visit

Saica Paper played host to their local MP, Kate Green, at its PM-11 site in Carrington, Greater Manchester, to discuss issues within the industry and to see the plant’s control room.

Green took part in a round table discussion on a number of issues, including the challenges and opportunities facing the industry following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Pictured above from left, Saica president Ramon Alejandro, site manager Pasi Hayrynen and Green.

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Edoc updated

The electronic duty of care (Edoc) system has made five updates to its service, following an annual review.

Its updates are:

1. Improved CSV upload guidance and format

2. Improved registration process for inviting multiple businesses to Edoc

3. Link to public register of licensed facilities on a waste transfer note

4. Automatic reminder to sign waste transfer notes

5. Compliance with duty of care – Proof of licensed party

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EU Commission publishes Eunomia road maps

The European Commission has published a report which includes road maps developed by Eunomia on what eight member states should do to improve their waste management systems and ensure compliance with the targets contained within the waste framework directive and landfill directive.

‘Municipal Waste Compliance Promotion Exercise 2014-5’ is part of a broader strategy aiming to improve the compliance and implementation of EU waste legislation and support member states in achieving compliance.

Eunomia undertook studies in Ireland, Malta, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia. For each member state the project team carried out a research and consultation phase to produce fact sheets detailing current systems for each country, which included the strengths and weaknesses of the systems that were in place.

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Middle East deal for Whitham Mills

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2000 whitham mills at ras al khaimah

Machinery designer and manufacturer Whitham Mills has been appointed by the government of Ras al-Khaimah, one the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, to provide waste processing machinery at one of its MRF facilities.

The GB1108 is fully automatic and able to process up to 12 tonnes per hour. Capable of handling both paper and cardboard, it can produce bales weighing up to 740kg and measuring 1100mm x 750mm x 1500mm. 

Whitham Mills’ managing director Ben Smart said the contract was the latest in a succession of export deals: ”Part of our growth strategy has always been to take our reputation for providing reliable and cost effective recycling solutions to a global marketplace”.

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University signs up B&M

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edge hill uni b and m

B&M Waste Services has secured a three-year contract to implement a total waste resource management solution at Edge Hill University (EHU).

EHU invited tenders for provision of its reuse, recycling and waste resource management services and a key component of the tender was the ability to complement and enhance the university’s sustainability vision.

Mick Ashall, director at B&M Waste Services, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this prestigious contract and look forward to working with all members of the EHU community to develop innovative waste resource management solutions to help realise their environmental and sustainability vision.”

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School recycles 100% of its food waste

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Philip simpson didcot

Somerset private school Sidcot has reported 100% recycling of its food waste, six months after its scheme was introduced.

As well as being a highly environmentally-friendly alternative to sending food waste to landfill, the service is also highly cost efficient, saving around 46% on waste disposal costs.

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Recycled swim shorts launched

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Bht riz boardshorts press release 271016

The Brighton and Hove Triathlon has joined forces with Riz Boardshorts and Brighton College for their inaugural event.

On race day, students from Brighton College collected nearly 5,000 empty plastic bottles from water stations on the triathlon course and recycled them into new swim shorts.

Designed by a hand-selected group of artists and illustrators, they are produced using recycled fabric and digital printing techniques.

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Wales commits to renewable electricity

All electricity bought for public services in Wales by the National Procurement Service (NPS) will be from renewable sources by 2017, Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths has announced ahead of her attendance at the global COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh.

From April 2017, all NPS energy customers will receive 100% renewable electricity. At least 50% will come from Welsh sources, with a goal to increase this to 100%.

COP22 builds on the agrement in Paris last year to keep global warming below 2°C.

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DS Smith reduces landfilling

Some 90% of DS Smith’s packaging materials now come from recovered sources, according to its newly published Sustainability Report.

The report says it has also this year reduced its waste to landfill by 26.2%, saved 286,970 tonnes of CO2 and prevented 562,686 trees from being cut down.

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Welsh steelworks reopens

A steelworks in Tredegar, Wales has been reopened after it was bought by Liberty Steel last year.

Liberty is investing £3.7m in refurbishing and updating the facility, which includes a 100,000 tonnes a year rolling mill.

Sanjeev Gupta, Liberty executive chairman, said: “The launch of Liberty Steel Tredegar is another step in our continued drive to establish an integrated and competitive steel business in Wales and the wider UK, based on our sustainable GREENSTEEL business model which will ultimately involve making steel from recycled material using renewable energy sources.”

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Corporate responsibility recognised

Resource Futures has become a Certified B Corp, a global movement recognising rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

At an event to mark the consultancy’s tenth anniversary, chief executive Sam Reeve received the award from Nick Davis, founder of Neighbourly, one of four Bristol organisations similarly recognised.

Reeve said: “We’re delighted to join other purpose-driven businesses and are proud to have created a company where we focus on the positive impact of our work on people and the planet as well as on profit. We truly believe that working to higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, is a better way to do business.”

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Waste fire detector launched

For the past 12 months, a research and development project led by inventor Dr Eric Crouch has been under way at a major biomass recycling site to investigate waste fire detection.

This week PREVENTiT was launched and consists of a disposable sensor cable which is laid across material at various stages as the pile grows in height.

The sensors in the cable monitor temperatures in the stockpile and real-time information is then transmitted wirelessly from the monitoring unit to a PC. When any area of the pile approaches dangerous temperatures, the alarm activates so operators know exactly when to rotate or move stock to prevent the risk of fire.

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Confidential waste service launched

Yorwaste has launched a new service aimed at preventing local businesses’ confidential material from ending up in the wrong hands.

The company’s service has been set up in response to UK and European legislation which requires companies to dispose of confidential waste in the correct manner.

The service covers everything from the shredding of paper through to the physical destruction of computers, staff name badges and uniforms.

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Litter poster features on collection vehicles

New anti littering poster to feature on council waste vehicles

New anti littering poster to feature on council waste vehicles

The winning poster from Herefordshire Council’s Stop the Drop anti-littering campaign is set to feature on four of the council’s waste vehicles.

Harriet Sneyd from Lucton School won first prize for her eye catching anti-littering poster, as part of the council’s Stop the Drop campaign which featured posters, animations, raps and videos.

The council’s waste contractor, FCC Environment, is supporting the campaign by sponsoring the cost of having the poster installed on four of its waste vehicles.

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Councils find paper not being recycled

Waste partnership re3 has found 2,722 tonnes of paper, card and cardboard is still going to waste in Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham.

With landfill costing £87 per tonne more than recycling, it says that represents almost £237,000 in potential savings.

Recent research commissioned by re3 shows that just over 3% of the waste collected from households in the re3 area is made up of paper, card and cardboard that could have been recycled.

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Keep Britain Tidy launches journal

Keep Britain Tidy has announced a bi-annual publication called The Journal of Litter and Environmental Quality (JLEQ).

It will share and discuss research that has been carried out by academics, practitioners and wider stakeholders into litter and environmental quality and will be available online and through a limited print run starting at the beginning of 2017.

The peer review panel includes University of Plymouth, University of East Anglia, University of Southampton, Newcastle University, Eunomia, CPRE and CleanupUK.

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Tribute to waste boss

The Recycling Association has paid tribute to waste boss Derek Gray, who died on 21 October aged 84.

Gray was instrumental in setting up Arthur Alibone (Salvage) Ltd, later Alibone Recycling, the association said.

An obituary will be appear in the January edition of the association’s magazine.

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Fine over packaging injury 

Jiffy Packaging has been fined £70,000 with costs of £53,509 after a worker’s thumb was severed due to the company’s failure to take adequate measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery.

Jiffy, of Winsford, Cheshire, which produces packaging for the food industry and stationery products, was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.

The worker reached through an unguarded section in the frame of one of the machines to clean ink from a roller.

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ESA to hold PRN event

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The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has organised a consultation day to allow representatives from the waste management, packaging and food and drink industries to discuss potential alternatives to the packaging recovery note (PRN) system.

ESA executive director Jacob Hayler (pictured) said: “It is important for all stakeholders to address the urgent issues that need to be resolved to create a long-term strategy for our industry.”

Those wishing to attend the consultation day, which will take place on 17 November in London at Central Hall, Westminster, should contact Toni Waters, ESA communications and membership officer at

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Footwear firm buys leather baler

Footwear component manufacturer E A Tailby Ltd has invested in a heavy duty waste baler from Riverside Waste Machinery.

The RWM450HD is being used to bale leather offcuts from the production of soles and heels. The bales are then shipped to Germany for recycling into regenerated leather products such as diary covers.

EA Tailby said its existing machine was struggling with the difficulty of the application and the throughputs required.

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Suffolk launches contamination campaign

The Suffolk Waste Partnership has launched a communications campaign to cut recycling contamination.

All recyclable waste collected from Suffolk households is taken to the Great Blakenham MRF, where it is sorted and baled before being sent on for recycling.

Because the facility cannot process anything smaller than 4cm, the guidance specifies that plastic bottle tops must be attached to their container and aluminium foil needs to be balled.

Textiles and clothes can no longer go in the recycling bin, with residents advised to take them to charity shops instead.

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Charity donates to scrapyard clear-up

Charity Restored Earth is helping the Shropshire Wildlife Trust to return a car breaker’s yard to nature by giving a grant of £10,000 from donations it has received.

As reported by MRW, Shropshire Wildlife Trust bought an abandoned scrapyard in a Shropshire conservation area earlier this year and is raising £500,000 to restore the site.

Former owner WJ Furber quit the six-hectare yard near Whitchurch three years ago, leaving more than 100,000 tyres and thousands of litres of oil.

The scrapyard lies on one of Britain’s largest peat bogs, known as the Marches Mosses, which is a designated special area of conservation.

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