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News round-up November 2018

Coca Cola joins with chemical recycling firm; Bin lorry driver jailed for girl’s death; Shotgun incident at recycling centre; Plan for plastic to oil plant

Coca Cola joins with chemical recycling firm

Coca Cola European Partners (CCEP) is making a new strategic investment to purchase from Loop Industries a supply of 100% recycled PET (rPET) plastic to accelerate the increased use of recycled materials in the creation of its bottles. Loop uses depolymerisation technology to create feedstock from waste plastic.

Ron Lewis, chief supply chain officer at CCEP, said: “This is an important investment as it directly supports our sustainability action plan, This is Forward. As part of This is Forward, we’ve committed to ensuring that at least 50% of the material we use for our PET bottles comes from recycled plastic by 2025.”

CCEP expects to be using Loop rPET in its product packaging by early 2020, and it supports the Coca-Cola System’s global vision to work toward a World Without Waste. 

Press release

Bin lorry driver jailed for girl’s death

Holly Brown

Holly Brown

A Birmingham bin lorry driver has been jailed following a fatal collision.

West Midlands Police said that Nicholas Buck’s lorry emerged from an intersection into the side of the coach injuring several pupils on a school trip and killing 14-year-old Holly Brown (pictured).

He pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to 40 months in prison and a 68-months driving ban,

West Midlands Police

Shotgun incident at recycling centre

Police tape

Armed police were called on Monday to a household recycling centre in Burtonhead Road, St Helens following a reported sighting of a man with a shotgun.

The premises were evacuated as a precaution and a search of the area continued after the firearms operation was stood down. No-one was reported injured.

Merseyside Police


Plan for plastic to oil plant



Saudi Arabian chemicals firem SABIC is planning to build a demonstration plant in The Netherlands where it will turn waste plastic into feedstock for its chemical cracker plants.

It would chemically recycle low quality, contaminated mixed plastic waste streams into pyrolysis oil.


Valpak helps monitor Plastics Pact

Valpak HQ

Valpak HQ

Compliance scheme Valpak is to use its technology to help companies that sign up to WRAP’s Plastics Pact to submit annual data on commitments to recycle or compost 70% of plastic waste.

Existing Valpak data management customers already have access to the platform, which allows them to scrutinise supply chain data and compare products against metrics such as recycled content or use of coloured plastics. Pact members are able to access a dedicated tab within the platform, which automatically flags up the items which meet targets and those which do not.

Principal consultant, Kathy Illingworth said: “The UK currently recycles 47%, so meeting 70% by 2025 is a big step up. The target relates to recycling levels across the UK, so although pact members may meet their own ambitions, hitting the target will also rely on others in the market, and on the consumer’s willingness to recycle.”

Press release

Eight new projects for Wales

Wales environment minister Hannah Blythyn has announced eight projects, worth a total of £5.4m, to increase reuse or recycling.

These include a ‘green shed’ in Colwyn Bay, a second ‘reuse centre’ in Rhondda Cynon Taf and a reuse facility in Maindee Newport. Other funded projects will be in Pembrokeshire, Denbighshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent.

Press release

EMR opens Kent plant

Ashford EMR

Ashford EMR

EMR has opened a new £4m metal recycling facility in Ashford, Kent. It has a Lefort 1000 shear that allows processing of oversize scrap generated by manufacturing and demolition industries.

The facility also has two weighbridges and a non-ferrous facility for local traders and the public.

Press release

Andusia exports SRF to Mediterranean facility

Andusia last month exported their first consignment of solid recovered fuel (SRF) to a Mediterranean plant. This is Andusia’s first SRF contract and the process has proven to be a success.

The higher calorific value of SRF compared with refuse-derived fuel means it is suitable for use in cement kiln facilities and directly replaces fossil fuels such as Petcoke and coal.

Andusia director Mark Terrell said: “As Andusia diversify into other forms of recovered fuels exported to Europe and also within the UK, we hope this further demonstrates how knowledgable and diverse our business and the Andusia team is.”

Press release

Councils limit site visits

Kingston and Sutton councils, in south-west London, are to clamp down illegal use of household recycling sites by rogue traders.

They will pilot a van and large vehicle scheme from next month, under which eligible vehicles must register online by 4pm the day before their visit, which will be limited to 12 a year.

The councils said automatic number plate recognition showed the sites were frequently used to dispose of commercial waste.

Press release

Viridor achieves WEEE standards

viridor st helens weee

viridor st helens weee

Viridor has retained the WEEELABEX accreditation for its cooling process at the St Helens, Merseyside, WEEE facility. Viridor St Helens was the first in the UK to achieve this prestigious certification in 2015 after undergoing an extensive evaluation of its systems and processing of refrigeration treatment.

Tom Liddell, head of recycling & integrated assets WEEE, said: “This accreditation shows the efforts and investment the WEEE business is making in driving higher standards within the industry and with recycling and recovery rates.

”These standards are continually reviewed and for the most recent audit Viridor worked with technology partners Andritz and Herco to achieve even higher recovery levels of the air-polluting blowing agents used in fridge manufacture.”

Press release

Mick George to export 20,000 tonnes a year to Europe

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mick george rvs redi truck

Andusia Recovered Fuels has signed a new contract with Mick George to supply refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to energy-from-waste plants in Europe.

The contract allows for 20,000 tonnes of fuel annually going to plants in the Netherlands and Norway.

Mick George’s technical director Neil Johnson said: “As a business we are continually investing in sustainable mechanisms to achieve greater levels of landfill diversion. The partnership that we have formed with Andusia certainly aligns with that target.”

Andusia Recovered Fuels was established in 2012 and last year collected its millionth tonne of RDF waste for recovery.

Press release

Smurfit Kappa sustains its sustainability

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forumethibel esi excellencelabeleurope rgb

Paper packaging company Smurfit Kappa has been reconfirmed as a member of the Ethibel Sustainability Index for the fifth year in a row.

The Ethibel Sustainability Indices are composed of companies included in the Russell Global Index displaying the best performance in the field of corporate social responsibility. The selections are largely based on research carried out by Vigeo Eiris, a European rating agency responsible for data collecting and processing, performance and industry benchmarking.

Steven Stoffer, Smurfit Kappa’s group development vice president, said: “We invest a lot of time and resources into making sure that we continue to lead the way as a sustainable packaging supplier. We’re proud that Ethibel has recognised our work and commitment by including Smurfit Kappa in its Sustainability Index again this year.”

Press release

Armed robbery at recycling centre



An armed robbery has taken place at a London Borough of Bexley recycling centre.

The council said the incident at Thames Road, Crayford, saw a man threaten a security guard with a gun and demanded he handed over a cash box, which proved to be empty.

A council spokesman said: “We can confirm that an armed robbery took place at our Thames Road reuse and recycling centre at lunchtime yesterday. Fortunately, no one was hurt. We alerted the police and they are investigating.”

MRW reporter

Hooton gasification green light

A deal has been struck for a plant at Hooton, Merseyside, which can gassify about 240,000 tonnes of waste a year. Hooton Bio Power is a collaboration between Danish engineering from Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor, energy-from-waste developer waste industry projects developer Peel Environmental, alternative fuels supplier N+P Group and Japanese gassification company Kobelco Eco Solutions.

It will be the first non-subsidised merchant gasification facility in the UK, the project partners said.

The facility will be built on the Peel Environmental’s Hooton Park site, with a target to gasify some 240,000 tonnes of waste a year, generating in excess of 200 GWh of electricity annually, which the developers said was enough to power about 50,000 homes. It is expected to be operational in the second half of 2021.

Press release

Colgate teams up with TerraCycle

Toothpaste giant Colgate has partnered with recycling experts TerraCycle to launch the Oral Care Recycling Programme, a free nationwide recycling solution for oral care products and packaging in the UK.

The fundraising programme enables people to recycle any brand of toothbrush, toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrush outer packaging, electric and battery toothbrush heads and toothpaste cartons for free whilst raising funds for the school, charity or non-profit of the sender’s choice.

Laure Cucuron, TerraCycle Europe general manager, said: “Oral care products are used by all of us each and every day, so it’s one of the most frequently asked about types of products that consumers tell us they want to be able to recycle.”

Press release

Enviro-metals opens new premises in Morecambe

A family run metal recycling firm in Morecambe has opened a second recycling centre creating two new jobs.

Enviro-metals, based on White Lund Industrial Estate, has added more than 350 square metres to its existing facility. The company is on target to hit a turnover of £2m this financial year.

The facility has become an authorised treatment facility for end-of-life vehicles, meaning Enviro-metals is now authorised by the DVLA to issue certificates of destruction for all scrap vehicles.

Press release

Grundon fire protection project

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grundon install cropped

Kentec’s Syncro AS fire alarm panel and Sigma XT Fire suppression system have been chosen by East Coast Fire & Security and Fire Shield Systems for a collaborative project to install a fire protection system at Grundon Waste Management’s new Bulk Recycling Centre in Banbury.

East Coast Fire & Security was employed to design, supply, install and commission an addressable fire alarm system that integrates with the new fire suppression system.

Press release

NLWA calls for labelling action to end food waste

food waste

food waste

The chair of North London Waste Authority (NLWA), Clyde Loakes, has urged the food industry to find a solution to the food labelling confusion that leads to people throwing away tonnes of perfectly edible food.

The announcement comes as supermarket Tesco promised to remove ‘best before’ dates from about 70 fruit and vegetable items to make things simpler for consumers.

NLWA’s FANCY THAT! campaign aims to remind north Londoners that ‘best before’ dates only tell us when food is at its best, whereas ‘use by’ dates tell us when food is safe to eat, and therefore must be followed.

Press release

Bed time for recycling

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has published its first policy document on the use and sale of used mattresses, components and materials. The policy aims to provide guidance on best practice, based on current processes.

The NBF is also publishing a report from environmental experts Oakdene Hollins, which looks into recycling rates of mattresses by component part. It has also announced a goal of 75% diversion from landfill of old mattresses by 2028.

NBF president Tony Lisanti said: “Oakdene Hollins has been working with the NBF on measuring mattress recycling rates since 2014 but we realised breaking it down into component parts would give us more insights.”

Press release




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