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News round-up November 2019

Recycling board game out for Christmas; DS Smith and Co-op contract; Lorry poppy display; Manure to power HGVs

Recycling board game out for Christmas

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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