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News round-up October 2016

Waste - 4,500 years on; Five million Halloween pumpkins landfilled; MSP urges orbital waste recycling; New member of packaging body

Waste - 4,500 years on

Archaeologists working in a north Wales quarry have uncovered some of the earliest and best-preserved Bronze Age pottery ever found in the area – some of which could date back up to 4,500 years.

The team from Brython Archaeology were working in the Cefn Graianog Quarry between Porthmadog and Caernarfon on behalf of site operators, Tudor Griffiths Group.

The photo shows Huw Thomas from Tudor Griffiths Group, with Iwan Parry and Laura Parry from Brython Archaeology - and the precious artefacts.

Press release

Five million Halloween pumpkins landfilled

More than five million pumpkins are expected to end up in UK landfills, according to research from environmental charity Hubbub and Unilever.

The survey of 2,000 UK adults found that two in five British households carve pumpkins for Halloween and most of those go for at least two pumpkins.

It found 45% of pumpkins are disposed of in food waste bins after Halloween and 28% are composted.

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MSP urges orbital waste recycling

Campbeltown spaceport

Campbeltown spaceport

A member of the Scottish Parliament representing the Green Party has called for the salvaging and recycling of redundant and waste material currently in orbit.

John Finnie was speaking at a discussion about a proposed spaceport to be built Campbeltown Airport in Kintyre.

The site is one of five shortlisted by the UK Government as a potential location for a spaceport along with Glasgow Prestwick and Stornoway in Scotland, Newquay in England and Llanbedr in Wales.

New member of packaging body

Mike Baxter, director of external affairs at BPI, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP) to represent the plastics recycling sector, following the resignation earlier this year of Jonathan Short.

ACP chair Phil Conran said: ”Mike is ideally placed to help the ACP in its role advising Defra on the key regulatory and market packaging issues faced by the UK now and in the future”.

As with all members of the ACP, the appointment is for a period of three years.

Press release

AD plant trials night-time opening hours

An anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in East London is extending its opening hours to enable through-the-night drop offs for customers.

From 24 October, the East London Biogas facility in Dagenham will be opening its doors for deliveries at 10pm, staying open through the night until 4.30pm the following day, from Mondays to Fridays. On Saturday mornings the facility will close at 8am.

Commercial manager Jack Armond said: “We are trialling these hours for the next six months and hope that customers will find them convenient for vehicle logistics. We are keen to make these hours permanent, providing that customer uptake is sufficient.”

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CPI urges domestic paper support

The Confederation of Paper Industries has called for investment and growth in UK papermaking “to take advantage of growing sectors such as packaging and hygiene”.

In a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond ahead of the autumn statement, CPI director general Andrew Large said: “greater volumes of recovered paper are exported for recycling than are recycled domestically”.

He said investment would ensure the UK benefits from innovation in paper products and around the bio-economy.

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Canterbury encourages litter reporting

Canterbury City Council has launched a litter action guide to make it easier for people to report litter and get more involved in looking after their community.

The guide, initially covering the city area, was suggested by local residents from the Canterbury ‘grot spots’ Facebook group.

They have worked on the project with support from the city council and its environmental contractor Serco.

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Essex launches textiles campaign

Recycle for Essex are taking part in a county-wide campaign to encourage residents to reuse and recycle old clothes and textiles.

As part of its “One Tonne Challenge”, residents can donate unwanted clothes to different events to be in with a chance of winning a £50 shopping voucher.

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Viridor truck 1 595x396

Viridor truck 1 595x396

Viridor has changed its logo, the rollout of which will start with the company’s website and digital platforms then include work wear and new bins as part of a natural replacement process.

Managing director Phil Piddington said: “The Viridor logo, in its striking green, better reflects our purpose to ‘Give Resources New Life’ with an icon that conveys recycling and Viridor’s position in the circular economy”.

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Shanks buys RDF balers

Shanks jl baler

Shanks jl baler

Shanks Group has invested over £2m in two balers at its facilities in East London for the production of its waste-derived fuels.

The balers have been installed at Shanks’ Frog Island and Jenkins Lane mechanical biological treatment facilities which are part of a 25-year contract with the East London Waste Authority.

The firm said the new balers will help increase SRF and RDF export potential by 100%.

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Viridor donates £1,000 to RNLI

Viridor dunbar

Viridor dunbar

Viridor has reached a major health and safety milestone in the construction of its £177m Energy Recover Facility at Dunbar in East Lothian.

The firm, its construction partners Interserve Construction and technology specialist Babcock and Wilcox Vølund achieved 250,000 working hours on site without a reportable incident over the summer.

To mark this safe working milestone, Viridor has donated £1,000 to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to support the charity’s Dunbar station.

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City signs up with AMCS

Nottingham City Council is looking to improve the productivity and efficiency of its trade waste and recycling operation with a new software and mobile technology system from AMCS.

The new solution, worth an estimated £65,000, will replace a number of more manual and legacy applications.

This will enable Nottingham City Council to consolidate to a single system running across the entire operation including vehicles, weighbridge and back-office.

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Yorwaste renews NHS contract

Yorwaste has won a two-year contract extension valued at £500,000 to provide general waste management and recycling services for several hospitals across North Yorkshire.

The contract, which has been awarded by York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will entail over 30,000 bin collections a year at York, Scarborough, Bridlington, Selby and Malton Hospitals, as well as some satellite sites.

The waste will be taken for processing to Yorwaste’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Harewood Whin, York.

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Plastics firm launches bin recycling service



Cambridgeshire based plastics recycling specialists PLASgran has launched a municipal wheelie bin recycling service.

The company, which has been trading since 1999, has employed David Barber and John Exley to set up and run the new division.

Managing director Mark Roberts said: “This latest venture is part of a long-term plan to grow the business and position ourselves as the foremost recycler of plastics in the country.”

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NRW warns farmers over RDF storage

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has asked farmers and land owners to be aware of requests to store refuse derived fuel (RDF) illegally on their land.

It follows an increase in reports to NRW from landowners who have been approached in recent weeks.

Individuals acting alone, or operating under a company name, are offering land owners money to store large quantities of RDF, claiming it is a temporary measure before the waste is sent for incineration.

But NRW has reminded landowners that an environmental permit is required in order to store the waste legally.

Press release

Paper cup recycling scheme trialled

Hubbub oxford st

Hubbub oxford st

Charity Hubbub is trialling a paper cup recycling scheme on Oxford Street in Manchester.

It has placed eleven giant coffee cups on the street for its #1MoreShot campaign, which will run for three months.

The bins will collect only paper cups, which will then be recycled into plastic products.

If the experiment is a success, the charities says a number of local authorities have put their names forward to expand the scheme.

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Mone’s end of an era

2000 mone brothers retirement

2000 mone brothers retirement

The last of three brothers has retired from Morley-based quarry and recycling firm Mone Bros, ending a combined total of over 115 years.

John Oakes, together with recently retired brothers Geoff and Sav, had all been driving tipper lorries. He was given a send off by colleagues at the firm’s headquarters in Morley with his brothers in attendance.

Mone Bros director Stephen Horsley said: “John and his brothers have been real stalwarts for Mone Brothers over the past four decades. Between them they’ve seen many changes along the way.”

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Scottish opening for consultancy

allan sandilands resource futures

allan sandilands resource futures

Sustainable resource management consultancy Resource Futures has opened a new office in Scotland with the appointment of Allan Sandilands as senior consultant with over 11 years’ experience in the construction, consultancy and non-profit sectors.

He was previously the energy and sustainability manager with NHS Forth Valley and before that, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, where he developed carbon reduction, energy and sustainability programmes.

Chief executive Sam Reeve, said: “There are some fantastic initiatives taking place in Scotland, and as we are increasingly supporting clients north of the border, we felt it was important to have a presence on the ground.”

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Queen’s Award for JCB

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2000 jcb queens awards013

Production paused at JCB’s Compact Products factory in Cheadle, Staffordshire, as the company thanked the workforce for winning one of the world’s most prestigious export awards. 

It claimed a Queen’s Award for International Trade for increasing exports by more than 25% over three years.

Production lines fell silent for around 15 minutes as more than 500 people watched the award being presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson. 

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Dozens checked in EA exercise

Environment Agency officers have stopped and checked 60 vehicles carrying waste in an operation in the North East.

In an operation focused on waste sites in the Washington area on 5 October, officers checked vehicles to ensure they had a valid licence to carry waste, that vehicles were properly maintained, waste was secured to prevent escape and was transferred with the correct paperwork.

No vehicles were identified as breaching their duty of care but there will be some follow up work regarding vehicle maintenance, improvements to waste security measures and duty of care paperwork.

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Half of UK households own five TVs

Just under half of UK households, 49%, own at least five TVs, according to a survey by WEEE producer compliance scheme REPIC. Most homeowners, 67%, said they had at least one broken TV collecting dust.

REPIC chief executive Philip Morton said: “It isn’t surprising that we’re increasingly collecting TVs but for REPIC the important message to stress is that old and broken TVs need to be recycled through the correct channels.”

“Reuse is something that should be considered too and if they are in good working condition they could be passed on to someone else or donated to a re-use centre.”

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Fund-raising week for WasteAid UK

waste aid cycling

waste aid cycling

WasteAid UK, the charity set up to tackle the global waste crisis, is promoting its first week of fundraising activities from 7-13 November.

Organiser Mike Webster said: “We’re inviting everyone to take part so we can make a positive global impact. Whatever activity you choose, the money you raise will help spread decent waste management skills around the world.”

The charity has produced a fundraisers’ pack with an A-Z of activity ideas, sponsorship forms, a fundraisers’ toolkit and a poster for promoting WasteAid events, which can be downloaded from

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Hewitt and Dennis step down at Wamitab

Wamitab, formerly the Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board, has announced that Stuart Reynolds is its new chairman while Steve Corne takes over the treasurer role.

The pair replace Roger Hewitt and Barry Dennis, respectively. Hewitt was a founder member in 1989 and Dennis joined the board in 2003.

Reynolds was formally head of compliance for Norfolk Environmental Waste Services and currently works as an independent consultant while Corne is a chartered accountant with Greenfinch Accountancy Services.

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Retailer installs food waste tipping system

Whitham mills

Whitham mills

Waste management firm Whitham Mills has completed the design, installation and commissioning of a bespoke roll cage tipping system for food waste on behalf of Tesco.

The system replaces over 700 compactors at Tesco stores and is designed to reduce the cost of compactor lifts, cleaning, maintenance and replacement.

This was installed after the retailer sought to incorporate segregated food waste into its reverse logistics operation – which sees food waste collected in-store before being bulked at one of 10 ‘recycling units’ run by the retailer and transported onward for treatment by contractor DS Smith.

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Street cleaning initiative continues in Cardiff

Butetown clear up

Butetown clear up

The Love Where You Live Campaign is moving into Grangetown in Cardiff having cleared more than seven tonnes of waste last week.

Starting early on Monday morning - street cleansing, highways, parks and enforcement officers will be working together again to deep clean parts of the ward.

The blitzes – which are on top of additional cleansing - are working their way around the eight inner wards of the city, on a weekly rotational basis.

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Councillor slams Veolia EfW plans

Plans to build a billion-pound incinerator in Hoddesdon were described as a “blight on the community” by a Hertfordshire county councillor.

The proposed incinerator in Ratty’s Lane has been met with strong resistance and county councillor for Flamstead End and Turnford, Paul Mason, condemned the plans at the Broxbourne and Wormley Neighbourhood Forum on 29 September.

Hertfordshire County Council signed a contract with Veolia, an environmental services company, to build the incinerator and the deal now hinges on the project securing planning permission.

Hertfordshire Mercury

Appeal after waste dumped in countryside

Children’s toys, carpets and household rubbish have been dumped next to a field in rural Preston.

The large heap of waste was abandoned in an entrance to a field on Brabiner Lane, close to the boundary of Whittingham and Grimsargh, late at night last month.

Now council chiefs are calling on the public to help trace the “offending vehicle” and its owners, following the incident.

Lancashire Evening Post

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