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News round-up November 2017

Ellen MacArthur

Ellen MacArthur tackles textiles; WRAP launches food labelling; Agency finds six illegal sites; Landmark for construction recycler

Ellen MacArthur tackles textiles

Ellen MacArthur and Stella McCartney co-hosted the launch of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new report A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future in London.

The report, created by the Circular Fibres Initiative which launched in May this year, calls for the fashion industry to adopt this new vision and create cross industry collaborations to achieve it.

The report presents a positive new vision for a system that works, and summons the creative power of the fashion industry to build it.

Press release

WRAP launches food labelling

A third of this food waste is triggered because of how shoppers interpret existing date labels, and new guidance, published WRAP in association with the Food Standards Agency and Defra, has been launched to tackle this.

It will be used by food manufacturers, retailers and brands as the industry standard and brings together recommendations that ensures food is safe and adheres to legal requirements, with best practice information to ensure it is stored and used within time.

A new addition is the call to use helpful logos alongside text more often, which consumers find easier to understand than text alone. The organisation is calling for the freezing Snowflake logo to be reinstated where it might have been removed, and introduces a new Little Blue Fridge icon for foods which should be kept chilled, or benefit from being kept in the fridge.

Press release

Agency finds six illegal sites

A day of action by the Environment Agency across Bristol, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire on 21 November confirmed six illegal waste sites out of 15 visited.

Officers also found a number of unauthorised waste disposal activities, including waste being burnt.

The agency is appealing for members of the public to be vigilant and to contact it with information on anything suspicious. 

Press release

Landmark for construction recycler

Construction and recycling firm The Sheehan Group has reached a milestone of 500,000 tonnes of waste diverted from UK landfill.

The total follows a multi-million-pound investment in recycling plant in 2012 with a water treatment facility used to wash construction and demolition waste, recycling it into re-usable aggregate.

The Sheehan Group, based in Oxfordshire, employs more than 70 staff and specialises in construction and civil engineering, focusing on major work country mansions and university buildings. Pictured are Chris and Tara Sheehan.

Press release

Bridgend staff face angry residents

Tip workers in Bridgend could be fitted with body cameras to protect them against residents angry about having to separate their recycling.

Residents complained of collection delays after Bridgend council introduced a new system on 5 June.

Now a report said some upset about having to separate their recycling and waste are taking it out on staff.

BBC News

FAB Recycling’s £500,000 investment

FAB Recycling, the vehicle dismantler, has been given a £500,000 cash injection by its parent company Motorhog and has become a specialist in dismantling and processing plug-in vehicles for the group.

The investment follows on from the decision for FAB to take over operational control of Motorhog’s 50,000 sq ft Gloucester facility with immediate effect.

The Gloucester site will be Motorhog’s southern hub for the dismantling and storage of re-claimed vehicles parts servicing fleet, insurance, trade and retail customers.

Fleet News

Waste 2 Resource signs 10-year RDF supply contract 

waste2 resource 10 year contract

waste2 resource 10 year contract

Pictured (L-R): Back: Paul Danks (director, Waste 2 Resource). Front: Chris Farmer (director, Waste 2 Resource), Rolf Oesterhoff (commercial managing director, MHKW Rothensee), ex Liverpool Football Club legend Phil Neal.

Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) exporter Waste 2 Resource has signed a new 10-year agreement with MHKW Rothensee to export waste to the company’s plant, located in Magdeburg, Germany.

The plant has been in operation since 2005 and processes on average 650,000 tonnes of waste a year, generating 370,000 MWh of power and 350,000 MWh of district heating, supplying local households and businesses.

Rolf Oesterhoff, commercial managing director at MHKW said: “We have been working with Waste 2 Resource since 2014 and are proud to re-affirm our business relationship by signing a 10-year contract. The contract signing was also unique in our experience as we signed this at the recent Champions League match at Anfield, where we were joined by Liverpool legend Phil Neal.”

Press release

Cawley’s first woman director

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2000 anna cawley

Cawleys has its first woman on the board. Anna Cawley has been appointed director of customer services at the independent waste manager whose great-uncle founded the company 70 years ago.

“I’m going to use my place on the board to ensure we remain focused on the quality of our customer service at every stage in the waste management hierarchy,” Cawley said.

The chairman is her father Jon who said: “She has earned her place on the board through hard work and determination. She spearheaded the introduction of new IT and HR systems across the business which has helped to transform the way we work.”

Press release

Metal trader Burrage dies

Tom Burrage

Tom Burrage

Tom Burrage, founder of Recycled Products, has died at the age of 75 after a series of illnesses.

In the late 1960s Burrage formed his own sole trader business, Uxbridge Scrap Metal Company, originally based in Uxbridge then later in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.

In 2001, he founded Recycled Products Ltd with his daughter, Susie, trading in ferrous and non ferrous metals, in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

BMRA tribute

Top award for entrepreneur

Carlton Cummins

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UK entrepreneur Carlton Cummins has been awarded $15,000 (£11,500) for winning a Shell global innovation prize for his pioneering solution to the problem of battery waste.

His business Aceleron reuses regular lithium batteries that have run out, and use them as storage for renewable energy. Fergus Moore, from Scotland, was a runner-up for his business Revive Eco, which transforms waste coffee granules into biofuels.

Earlier this year, Londoner Cummins, 29, was named Shell LiveWIRE UK’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, for which he received £30,000.

Press release

Fine for recycler after death

A wood recycling firm has been ordered to pay nearly £250,000 after a worker was killed when he fell from a lorry trailer in South Yorkshire.

Paul Littlewood died in June 2014 after falling four metres from a walking floor trailer at R Plevin & Sons in Hazlehead near Penistone.

The Health and Safety Executive said Littlewood’s death could “easily have been prevented”. Plevin was fined £216,000 and ordered to pay £31,266 costs.

BBC report

JCB recreates WW1 tank

2000 jcb tank

2000 jcb tank

JCB engineers and welders helped TV personality Guy Martin to engineer a tribute to the role tanks played in helping change the course of the First World War.

Parts for a replica of a 30-tonne Mark IV tank were cut, rolled and bent into shape at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter before being welded together at the company’s headquarters in Rocester.

The story of the tank’s role and its modern-day recreation will be told in a Channel Four documentary on Sunday, 19 November at 8pm.

Press release

Police film waste crime

Charles Roderick Pickering, 71, of Holdensfield Farm, Cleveland farmer has been ordered to pay £4,899.44 in fines and costs after illegally storing and setting fire to controlled waste on his land.

The blaze, which was filmed by a police helicopter crew, took place at Holdensfield Farm, Yarm, in December 2016.

Pickering accepted responsibility and said he had only burnt waste when the wind blew away from local housing and a prison. He had now removed the waste at his expense.

Press release

Eighty years for CS Recycling

cs recycling

cs recycling

Hertfordshire recycling company CS Recycling has been celebrating a special birthday, 80 years ago after being founded as Chas Storer.

CS Recycling collects paper and cardboard from businesses and organisations across the south eEast of England, focussing in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and North London. In recent years, it has added polythene plastics for recycling.

Managing director Craig Curtis a board member of the Recycling Association trade body and the company is developing a programme for primary schools in the area to help children understand the benefits of recycling.

Press release

Andusia diversifies

Andusia Recovered Fuels is moving into the solid recovered fuel (SRF) waste export market after five years in the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) market, sending more than 900,000 tonnes into Europe.

The announcement comes after the appointment of general manager, Mark Terrell who had previously worked in the SRF market.

“Despite recent claims that the RDF market is beginning to plateau, here at Andusia we are yet to notice that.,” Terrell said. “The RDF export market will always be a key area for us, however we are now turning our attentions to not only the emerging UK EfW market but also to SRF exports across Europe.”

Press Release

Bryson wins Lisburn contract

bryson recycling contract with lisburn

bryson recycling contract with lisburn

Bryson Recycling has won a contract to continue delivering doorstep recycling services to over 14,500 households in Northern Ireland.

The company has been awarded a one year contract, with an option for two more years, with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to continue to provide households with a weekly collection of a wide range of materials direct from their homes.

Bryson director Eric Randall said: “We currently process materials collected from 60% of Northern Ireland homes and look forward to continuing to deliver a high quality service that not only helps residents recycle as much as possible but also helps the local environment, economy and community. We are committed to working with local buyers and over 80% of the materials we collect are recycled in Northern Ireland, helping to support local jobs and the economy.”

Press release

Cryptocurrency recycling incentive launched

The Blockchain Development Company (BCDC) has announced the launch of RecycleToCoin, a recycling initiative for plastic bottles and aluminium cans, using blockchain technology - the same type of internet-based system that Bitcoin uses.

The RecycleToCoin system has been billed as a world first - providing the public with a cutting-edge incentive to recycle waste.

Aimed at single-use plastic bottles and aluminium cans, they payment system leverages a blockchain-based mobile app, alongside physical machines and designated collection points, to allow the exchange of recyclable waste for BCDC tokens.

Press release

Recoup illustrates plastic packaging recyclability

Plastics recycling lobby group Recoup has launched a suite of recyclability case studies on what packaging is not considered to be recyclable, with reasons why, and examples of recyclable alternatives.

Technologist Paul East said: “We are often asked what are the main issues for recyclability of plastic packaging. The idea of this latest work is not only to illustrate some of the issues, as we and others have done before, but just as importantly provide examples of alternatives”.

Recyclability Guidelines is aimed at packaging technologists, buyers and designers, to inform how to make their packaging more recyclable.

Press release



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