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News round-up November 2018

Mick George to export 20,000 tonnes a year to Europe; Smurfit Kappa sustains its sustainability; Armed robbery at recycling centre; Hooton gasification green light

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

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.

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Smurfit Kappa sustains its sustainability

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Grundon fire protection project

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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.

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NLWA calls for labelling action to end food waste

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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.

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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.”

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