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News round-up November 2019

Augean employs electronic tracking system; Bird inspires recycled plastic brick; New website for incineration opponents; Viridor in recovered polymer project

Augean employs electronic tracking system 

Augean is switching to an RFID based system to make its oil waste collection more efficient. 

The firm serves more than 2,000 clients nationwide using its specialist Hipod collection bin, is implementing the new tailored system from Lancashire based CoreRFID

Augean has headquarters in Wetherby and operates a further 12 sites across the UK. The new technology will be used to track and analyse collections.

Pictured above are CoreRFID directors Richard Harrison and Munzi Ali.

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Bird inspires recycled plastic brick

plastic brick

plastic brick

A researcher at De Montfort University Leicester has created a brick from domestic plastic waste proven to provide 10 times better insulation than traditional clay bricks (pictured above and below).

Karthikeyan Kandan, senior lecturer in mechanical engineering, constructed the brick using 3D printing and lattice architecture technologies, criss-crossing strips of the plastic materials to form a grid or weave.

The design was inspired by the nest of the Asian baya weaver bird; which has an elaborately woven construction.

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New website for incineration opponents

ukwin anti incinerator website

ukwin anti incinerator website

The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) has relaunched its website citing a new layout, fresh content, improved functionality and better support for mobile devices and tablets.

It said the site would “clearly and simply sets out the case against incineration” and advice and guidance for local campaigners.

The new site has been supported by funds from the Greenpeace Environmental Trust.

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Viridor in recovered polymer project

avonmouth resource recovery centre

avonmouth resource recovery centre

Viridor and chemicals firm Ineos have joined forces on project to produce a high-specification polymer with up to half comprising recycled content.

Ineos will be supplied with recovered polymer from Viridor’s new £65m plant at the Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre (pictured), near Bristol, which it has said is the UK’s largest multi-polymer recycling and reprocessing facility.

Viridor managing director Phil Piddington said: “The partnership reflects Viridor’s emphasis on working with consumer brands and plastics companies to significantly contribute to the creation of new circular market for plastics.

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Firms signs up to homelessness charter

b and m refuse not refuge

b and m refuse not refuge

B&M Waste Services has signed the Liverpool City Region Homelessness Charter, which offers ways in which businesses can take practical steps to help homeless people.

Director David Curtis will learn about the causes of homelessness at a training day hosted by the charity Crisis and then spread this knowledge among staff.

B&M is again running its Refuse not Refuge winter campaign to raise awareness that homeless people may be sleeping in bins.

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Deal done for university’s waste

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter has signed a five-year waste and recycling contract with Exeter City Council and contractor Binit under which they will handle general waste and recycling from the university.

Under the deal, the council will take dry recycling while Binit will deal with food waste and ‘difficult’ items such as mattresses and duvets.

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Tender out for EfW investigations

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North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has issued a tender worth up to £850,000 for contractors to conduct ground surveys by vacuum excavation as part of building the North London Heat and Power Project.

The investigations are required to establish where there are underground utilities and whether these are still operational.

NLHPP will replace an existing facility with one capable of converting up to 700,000 tonnes of waste to energy. Tender documents may be seen here.

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Enva makes NI acquisition

enva truck april 2019

enva truck april 2019

Enva has acquired All-Brite NI Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

All-Brite are a long-established provider of drainage and environmental services, including CCTV surveys, jetting and a 24/7 emergency response to a wide range of sectors in Northern Ireland.

Barry Phillips, Director at Enva, Northern Ireland said: “All-Brite’s service offering is a perfect fit with our existing business in Northern Ireland. All-Brite brings over 20 years of experience and knowledge, which will help expand our overall service offering to new and existing customers.”

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Unwanted bags bagged by charity

bags of hope collection

bags of hope collection

Waste and recycling broker UKWSL has established a partnership with the charity Bags of Hope under which it will provide unwanted or abandoned bags, suitcases and holdalls to children and young people in the care system.

Bags of Hope UK said they were often moved between care locations with their personal belongings stored and transported in bin liners and shopping carrier bags, contributing to stress and anxiety

UKWSL’s head of external affairs Dave Gudgeon said: “By getting these bags out of the waste system and reusing them in a positive way, we are hopefully helping to improve young lives. “

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Minerals award for O’Donovan

jacqueline odonovan mpa awards

jacqueline odonovan mpa awards

O’Donovan Waste has been awarded the Sir Frank Davies Trophy by the Mineral Products Association.

The trophy is awarded for health and safety achievements in companies with fewer than 1,000 employees and was presented to managing director Jacqueline O’Donovan (pictured).

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Furnishings get new lease of life

patricia graham upcycle furniture armchair

patricia graham upcycle furniture armchair

Some 69m items of unwanted furniture can be found in homes across the country, the North London Waste Authority has said.

It used its fourth annual London Upcycling Show to highlight ‘furniture fatigue’ having found that 62% of Britons own items of furniture they actively dislike but feel it would be wasteful to discard.

Upcycling aims to help people make better use of furniture by making it more attractive, useful or modern.

Among winners at the show’s upcycling competition was Patricia Graham (pictured) with her re-covered armchair.

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Farm plastic scheme to launch

zws farm plastic

zws farm plastic

A UK farm plastic responsibility scheme which will start on 1 January seeking to provide audited totals of the quantity of farm plastic collected and recycled, educate farmers to reduce contamination within their waste plastic and assist with exploiting new technology for reprocessing farm plastic.

The scheme will operate on a not for profit basis and will be funded by the collectors with no fee for farmers and no levy on new plastic products.

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’Green Friday’ campaign launched againts fast fashion

Fashion Salvage

Fashion Salvage

Fashion designers and campaigners are to challenge the over-consumption of Black Friday- when shops offer one-off large discounts – with a programme of events in London called Green Friday: rethinking fashion. It will suggest sustainable alternatives to ‘fast fashion’.

Organiser Nicholas Robin said: “This Black Friday we will see fast fashion retailers selling t-shirts and dresses for the same price as burgers and fries. But cheap disposable clothes come at an environmental and social cost. The Green Friday festival will celebrate second-hand, sharing, hiring and mending instead.”

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Council sees fall in fly-tipping

suez drone

suez drone

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council is to investigate how best to use drones in the fight against fly-tipping to continue the downward trend of incidnets.

The council said it bucked the national trend of increased fly-tipping by recording 1,696 incidents in 2018-19 compared to 2,582 five years earlier. Environment director Paul Barton said: “It’s really encouraging to see our zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping is proving fruitful.”

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Call for total ban in plastic carrier bags

Carrier bags

Carrier bags

A 6,300-strong petition has been presented to the government of Guernsey calling for a complete ban on plastic carrier bags on the island.

Barry Brehaut, president of Guernsey’s Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure, said proposals were being worked on and legal advice sought on how such a ban could be enforced.

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FCC ups its standards

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swns fcc lincolnshire 023 (2)

FCC Environment has been officially recognised for its commitment to industry best practice as the company was presented with certificates to confirm certification to the latest versions of four globally recognised standards: ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems), ISO 50001 (Energy Management Systems), and ISO 45001 (Occupational health and safety). The assessments for all four standards, covering all 248 of FCC Environment’s sites, were carried out by BSI, the business improvement company, involved 26 audits at 15 sites.

The certificates were presented to FCC Environment group chief executive Paul Taylor and head of safety, health, environment and quality Paul Stokes alongside other members of the FCC Environment senior team by Andrew Butterfield, global managing director of built environment at BSI.

Butterfield said: “Certification to these standards will bring a number of benefits helping FCC Environment to increase stakeholder confidence, enhance their business processes and improve the service to their clients.”

 

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Recycling board game out for Christmas

Bioeconomy board game

Bioeconomy board game

Focus Games Ltd has developed the Bioeconomy Game, an educational board game that challenges players to create value from waste and develop their community. The game was developed in collaboration with MeLoop Foundation, India, and the THYME Project, a North of England project designed to improve productivity of the bioeconomy and companies across Yorkshire, the Humber and the Tees Valley.

The objective is to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill, and to instead create value from waste by reusing and recycling it in innovative and sustainable ways.

Penny Cunningham, THYME operations director, said: “The THYME project, funded by Research England, actively engages with schools and the general public to educate and inspire others on the bioeconomy. By working closely with BioVale, the UK’s only innovation cluster for the bioeconomy, we developed a fun way to get across the message about sustainability and the innovative opportunities that are available for waste.”

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DS Smith and Co-op contract

kemsley paper mill

kemsley paper mill

DS Smith Recycling has signed a new five-year contract with the Co-op.

The partnership builds on an existing ten-year relationship, will see over 55,000 tonnes of cardboard packaging recycled annually in the UK at DS Smith’s Kemsley Paper Mill in Kent, the second largest recycled paper mill in Europe. Key to the partnership is both organisations working together to maintain a consistent supply of good quality cardboard packaging for recycling, which can then be used to make new packaging products across DS Smith’s packaging operations.

James Williams, account director at DS Smith said: “It’s great knowing that we’ll be collaborating with Co-op for another five years – both companies are focused on deploying a closed-loop approach through the whole supply-chain, with the aim of minimising impact to the environment as much as possible.”

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Lorry poppy display

poppy appeal

poppy appeal

The Vaculug Technologies DX Freight commercial vehicles are united in wearing a large poppy at the front of the vehicle, a way of showing public appreciation for the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

It represents all those who lost their lives while on active service in all conflicts; from the First World War to the present day. It also honours the contribution of civilian services and the uniformed services.

Harjeeve Khandari, chairman of Vaculug Technologies, said: “We’re extremely proud and pleased to be become the first and only British Retreader to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant. This is our promise to the nation that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.”

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Manure to power HGVs

cng fuels

cng fuels

CNG Fuels intends to become the UK’s first supplier of carbon neutral fuel for heavy goods vehicles, using manure to help fleet operators achieve net zero emissions.

It is consulting on how its network of refuelling stations can best accommodate low-carbon hydrogen and battery electric technologies.

Chief executive Philip Fjeld said: “Renewable biomethane sourced from manure is currently the best low-carbon solution for HGVs, but we want to be ready to support our customers when other technologies are commercially viable for freight transport.”

The firm said manure gives off methane, a greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide but using it as an HGV fuel prevents it from entering atmosphere.

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Firm gains quality accreditation

fcc environment

fcc environment

FCC Environment has gained accreditation from the British Standards Institute for four globally recognized standards: ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environmental management), ISO 50001 (energy management), and ISO 45001 (health and safety).

BSI’s certification covers all 248 of FCC Environment’s sites and involved 26 audits at 15 of them during which it found just one minor non-conformance per audit.

FCC Environment said this certification allowed it to demonstrate to clients its commitment to occupational health and safety, environmental management, energy efficiency and quality.

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Compostable coffee capsules launched

lavazza coffee

lavazza coffee

Coffee firm Lavazza has launched compostable Lavazza Eco Caps to enable drinkers to adopt zero-waste without, it said, compromising on taste or quality.

It said that unlike other compostable capsules its product would “retain their distinctive aroma for longer and stay fresh for up to 18 months. Lavazza aims to replace its range of at home capsules with compostable ones by the end of the year.

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Boost for second-hand clothes market

clothes

clothes

The second-hand clothing market is growing 21 times faster than the primary market, B-Stock, an online clothing trading platform has said.

It said this was driven by the rise in online resale and consignment marketplaces, and young consumers who look for more sustainable shopping choices.

B Stock said this shift in consumer behaviour put pressure on retailers to have sustainable business practices.

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Carpet Recycling expands coverage

waste carpet for recycling

waste carpet for recycling

Carpet Recycling UK is expanding its geographical coverage with an additional facility near Edinburgh and a second outlet planned for an unnamed location in Scotland. It is also developing a facility in north east England and one at Merseyside

Manager Adnan Zeb-Khan said: “Expanding our carpet waste recycling and reuse facilities across the UK is great news for sustainability in the flooring sector.

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Call for huge fines on non-recyclers

money

money

Waste broker and dealer Business Waste UK has said that Government inactivity has prevented England from hitting hit its recycling target and that non-compliant companies should be fined.

It said that the 50% target could be reached “overnight if only people, companies and organisations up and down the country could be bothered” but instead the 45% rate had been largely unchanged for three years.

“The message from central government been one of ‘Why bother?’,” says Business Waste UK spokesperson Mark Hall. “They came to office saying they’d be the ‘greenest government ever’ and they’ve done virtually nothing on that front. We already have the ability to hit more ambitious targets, just not the will.”

The company called for fines of up to £100,000 for companies that repeatedly fail to recycle waste.

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Viridor in fuel-from-gas deal

viridor dunbar

viridor dunbar

Viridor has signed deal with Dutch firm CarbonOrO to deliver a gas clean-up system which turns landfill gas into transport fuels and allows for carbon dioxide capture.

Managing director Phil Piddington said the £2m project would start at its Dunbar landfill site in summer 2020. It will draw heat from the site’s £177m energy recovery facility.

He said: “We look forward to the Dunbar commercialisation delivering results which will enable us to use CarbonOrO’s unique technique across our portfolio of landfill sites.

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Unilever Saudi polymers venture

plastics

plastics

Unilever is working with Saudi Arabian chemicals firm SABIC on the use of recycled plastic from advanced recycling technologies.

SABIC’s certified circular polymers will be used in Unilever’s Magnum, Knorr and REN Clean Skincare products to help it reach its commitment of halving use of virgin plastic by 2025.

The circular polymers are created from the recycling of low quality, mixed plastic waste otherwise destined for incineration or landfill.

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Fifth acquisition for Reconomy

paul cox reconomy

paul cox reconomy

Reconomy has bought Dorset-based waste management firm Advanced Waste Solutions for an undisclosed sum. This is Reconomy’s fifth acquisition this year, the previous one having been Prismm last April.

Chief executive Paul Cox (pictured) said: “This acquisition is another important step in Reconomy’s journey and further strengthens our market position within our core construction-related business sectors.”

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