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News round-up October 2017

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SRF in pink bales; PPE joint venture; Two fined for farm dumping; Prismm banks on Bitcoin

SRF in pink bales

Grantham-based Mid UK Recycling has been supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month this month (October) by wrapping bales of SRF at its Barkston and Caythorpe sites in pink bale wrap instead of its usual black and green.

The company is taking part in an annual worldwide campaign involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

A donation by wrap manufacturers Trioplast goes to the charity Breast Cancer Now for every roll of pink bale wrap bought by businesses taking part.

Press release

PPE joint venture

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2000 armadillo smart solutions

Armadillo Supplies as a joint venture based in new premises in Brynmawr, South Wales.

The new company, which currently employs 10 people, is already supplying PPE and workwear products to businesses throughout the UK, from Scotland to London with plans to further grow its client base.

It has set up by Smart Solutions chief executive, Nathan Bowles, former director Shane Heath, and his business partner Terry Daniels. Danielle Hall has been seconded from her role of operations manager at Smart Solutions to general manager of Armadillo Supplies.

Press release

Two fined for farm dumping

Two Sussex men were ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £5,665 at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 20 October after being found guilty of the illegal dumping of demolition waste at a farm in Ashling, West Sussex.

The court found that Michael Ayling and James Sullivan, both from Ashling, allowed waste to be deposited at Brick Bat Farm which did not have the appropriate environmental permit. Ayling also pleaded guilty to running a waste operation at the site without a permit.

Waste seen dumped at the farm during several visits by Environment Agency officers included demolition material such as window frames, as well as household waste including furniture, mattress and carpets. They estimated it to be between 80 and 100 tipper trucks’ worth.

Press release

Prismm banks on Bitcoin

Waste facilities management and consultancy business Prismm Environmental has begun using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, accepting payments against invoices. 

Using the cryptocurrency has significant benefits for the recycling and waste facilities management and consultancy business. 

Prismm Environmental Managing Director Mike Jackson said: “Bitcoin is a safe and encrypted way of transferring money across the world avoiding transaction fees and avoiding foreign exchange commission, with instant transfer of the funds. 

“For a company like Prismm Environmental, we could save thousands of pounds if all of our payments and revenue was in Bitcoin rather than traditional payments such as UK sterling or US dollar.”

Press release 

Safety award for Biffa

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sword of honour

Biffa has been awarded with the Sword of Honour by the British Safety Council, one of 56 organisations worldwide that have achieved the accolade in health and safety.

The company is the first to receive the award within the waste sector, one of the most dangerous industries to work in.

Successful organisations must achieve the maximum rating of five stars in the British Safety Council’s integrated health, safety and environment management assessment and demonstrated a culture of best practice in health and safety throughout the business, from the boardroom to the shop floor.

Press release

Two join Resource Association

Compliance specialist Ecosurety and software specialist start-up Dsposal have joined the Resource Association as affiliate members after being accepted at the association’s latest board meeting.

Chief executive Ray Georgeson said: “We share with Ecosurety a common desire to see greater transparency in the waste and recycling sectors and we know they will bring their significant commercial acumen, drive and expertise to bear in our discussions as we move into an important new phase for development of resources and waste policy in the UK.”

“We are also pleased to welcome Dsposal as a start-up software business with strong interests in environmental compliance and the waste and resources sector. It’s a testament to our growing reach as a network with diverse supply chain interests that they have decided to show their support and get involved.”

Press release

New yard for Vanden



The opening of a new storage yard is the first phase of expansion plans for Vanden Recycling’s facility in Peterborough, which only started plastic processing in February.

The new one-acre storage yard gives Vanden the flexibility to bring in split loads of different grades of plastics, helping to improve the service it provides to suppliers.

Vanden Recycling, which specialises in the recycling of plastics from manufacturers, retailers and logistics companies, is part of Vanden Global group.

Press release

Cory coy at sale talk

The US owners of Cory Riverside Energy have declined to comment on media reports that the company is up for sale with a price tag of more than £1bn.

The Financial Times and Sunday Times claim Strategic Value Partners have recruited investment bankers JP Morgan to advise on Cory’s future.

In the two years since SVP took over, Cory chief executive Nick Pollard has led the sell-off of three divisions, leaving a core activity based on the transportation of waste from London by river to its energy-from-waste plant at Belvedere.

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Viridor tackles battery fires

Viridor has issued a call for collaboration through the Energy Innovation Centre, on vital technology to detect lithium ion batteries – the biggest cause of waste industry fires – and is offering up to £75,000 in research funding. 

The rechargeable batteries are widely used in mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras and toothbrushes and, when damaged, can produce high temperatures under great pressure which makes them a serious fire risk.

The company said there are challenges around detecting batteries in waste collection vehicles, on conveyor belts, differentiating between batteries and other metallic scrap, and detecting heat or fumes from a burning battery in waste bunkers.

Press release

New look for ESG

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2000 socotec logo

ESG, the provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, has changed its name and identity following the acquisition earlier this year by the Socotec Group, which specialises in in risk management and performance optimisation.

Ian Sparks, chief executive, said: ‘It is important that our UK operations reflect the ambition and vision of the wider group, who share our drive for ambitious growth through a client-driven strategy.

With Socotec’s global footprint, we will be able to provide a wider geographic offering, and also an even broader technical service provision, while still delivering the high level of service and commitment that our clients have come to expect from us,” he added.

Press release

Wales to ban microbeads

A consultation on a ban in Wales of the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products which contain plastic microbeads will open on 16 October.

Following a UK-wide consultation, which revealed overwhelming support for a ban, the Welsh Government’s environment secretary Lesley Griffiths agreed to implement such a move in Wales, through Welsh secondary legislation.

The 12-week consultation proposes a starting date of 30 June 2018 for the ban with Trading Standards expected to be the enforcement authority.

Press release

First CEO at Blue Group

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2000 adrian murphy

Blue Group, which supplies material handling equipment for a wide range of industry sectors, has appointed Adrian Murphy as its first chief executive.

Murphy has previously worked in a number of senior leadership positions in the capital equipment market, most recently as chief executive of Hewden but also as chief operating officer of Speedy and managing director of Hilti for the UK and Ireland.

The company says 2016 was a record year in terms of sales, with a combined turnover in excess of £100m.

Press release

New contract for Casepak

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2000 casepak lorry and mrf

Casepak has been awarded a contract by Leicestershire County Council to process up to 64,000 tonnes per annum of dry mixed recyclables, running for a minimum of four years from April 2018. 

The council put the contract to out to tender following a decision to try to reduce expenditure on recycling credits.  

Casepak currently processes a combined 38,000 tonnes per annum of recyclable materials from Blaby District Council, Charnwood Borough Council and Harborough District Council and the new contract could see Casepak gain an extra 20,000 tonnes from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Melton Borough Council, and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council. 

Press release

Roadchef renewal for UKWSL

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2000 roadchef norton canes

UKWSL has renewed its contract with Roadchef, covering waste and recycling services at 22 of their motorway and other sites for a further five years in a contract worth £4.5m.

The collaboration between the two companies began in 2015 and now grounds maintenance in addition to the traditional waste and recycling services.

UKWSL has also been using the coffee grounds from three internal composters to fertilise the grounds of the service areas.

Press release

Barratt builds on sustainability

Barratt Developments has reduced its annual waste consumption by over 15,100 tonnes, the weight equivalent of 725 homes.

The new figures, from the UK’s largest housebuilder’s annual sustainability report, show it has already exceeded its 2020 waste reduction target three years early by decreasing waste on site by 13% since 2015.

Barratt used more right-sized plasterboard to save 487 tonnes of waste plasterboard, ready-cut floor decking saving 300 tonnes and returned over 2,600 tonnes of wooden pallets for reuse. It also recycled over 11,000 paint tins. Overall, it diverted 95% of its total construction waste away from landfill.

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Houlahan joins Amey

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2000 simon houlahan

Amey has appointed Simon Houlahan, pictured, as business director to oversee its environmental services accounts in the south of England: municipal waste and recycling collections, grounds maintenance and street cleansing services.

Houlahan was previously chief operating officer for TCR, which supplies ground support equipment services to the aviation industry.

Before that he worked as a regional general manager for Cleanaway, with roles also held with MRS Environmental and Veolia.

Press release

Oldfield calls it a day

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2000 chris oldfield

Chris Oldfield, chairman of waste shredding specialist Untha UK, pictured,has retired from the recycling industry following a career spanning almost 50 years and handed the reins of the company to managing director Marcus Brew.

“After several years of succession planning, I feel that this is the right time for me to hand the business over to a very capable team. I’m happy in the knowledge that my vision will be carried on and built upon, and I look forward to seeing how the story continues,” Oldfield said.

Brew said: “Chris has positioned Untha UK so that it is fit for the future while maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit. We’ve been able to ensure a seamless handover and … are confident that both staff and customers will benefit from his legacy.”

Press release

New duo at Blue Castle

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2000 blue castle

Energy and waste management consultancy Blue Castle Group has expanded further following two appointments: Barry Payne becomes corporate business development manager and Beth Fairweather is assistant to the head of operations.

Payne previously worked for Restore Datashred (formerly PHS Datashred). In his new role, Payne will discuss energy and waste solutions with prospective clients, as well as reviewing the programme of existing clients to ensure they have the most efficient and cost-effective energy and waste solutions in place.

Fairweather joins from The Danwood Group, where she managed a technical training team of trainers and administrators. 

Press release

Dunelm hits 90% diversion

Homeware retailer Dunelm has divert more than 90% of its waste from landfill sites through a five-year partnership with Biffa.

During the past year, its has recycled 250,000 plastic milk bottles, 120,000 PET bottles, 40 tonnes of paper and 7,000 tonnes of cardboard and polyfilm, as well as 70 tonnes of electrical waste.

More than 80% of waste produced by the retailer is now recycled, with Biffa providing general waste collections across the store support centre, manufacturing sites and distribution centres, as well as over 160 Dunelm stores across the UK.

Press release

Steel packaging promotion

alexis van maercke apeal secretary general

alexis van maercke apeal secretary general

A film from the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging highlights the unique preservation qualities of steel packaging as part of efforts to drive improvements in managing food waste at all stages in the supply chain.

The film, which highlights the increased product shelf life and convenience of food packed in steel, forms part of a new campaign from APEAL: ’Less haste, save taste, cut waste’.

“The positive contribution of packaging as a solution to the prevention of loss and waste along the supply chain has been recognised,” said Alexis Van Maercke (pictured), secretary general.

Press release

£100k grant for Fortress

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2000 fortress growth hub

Fortress Recycling and Resource Management on the Heathcote Industrial Estate, Warwick, is the first company to receive a £100,000 grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme.

The business, run by brothers David, Robert and Andrew Pass, has invested in a £5m MRF, creating 20 jobs.

The Coventry & Warwickshire Green Business Programme is an EU-funded scheme that supports SMEs to become more energy efficient and maximise low- carbon opportunities. Pictured from left: Sarah Watson (Green Business Programme); Noel Butler (Warwick District Council); David Pass; Jaymie Thakordas (CWLEP Growth Hub).

Press release

Cory’s Tower Hamlets contract confirmed

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Cory efw

Cory Riverside Energy is celebrating the formal announcement by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets of its contract to provide waste management services from October 2017 to March 2027, with an extension option to 2035.

Cory will process up to 110,000 tonnes a year of waste at its energy-from-waste facility at Belvedere, east London, and will also develop and run its reuse and recycling centre alongside the Northumberland Wharf Transfer Station.

Nick Pollard, chief executive: “We have enjoyed a solid relationship with the authority for some years now … and we look forward to building a strong, long-lasting business relationship.”

Press release

Irish metal recycler’s declining sales

Clearway Disposals, which has operations across Northern Ireland, has more than doubled pre-tax profit but endured a third consecutive year of declining sales. Directors have expressed cautious optimism about the future.

For the year to 31 December 2016, the company reported turnover of £80.8m compared with £82.8m the previous 12 months. Clearway attributed this dip to a decrease in tonnage sold.

The firm was established in the mid-1960s and now runs four processing and exporting facilities at Portadown, Belfast, Derry/Londonderry and Sligo.

Insider Media

Pembrokeshire reviews collections

Proposals to transform the collection of waste and recycling in Pembrokeshire have been put forward in a comprehensive review.

The Waste Service Review has been carried out by Pembrokeshire County Council’s waste and recycling section and Eunomia Research & Consulting on behalf of the Welsh Government.

It will be discussed on 5 October by the council’s Policy and Pre-decision Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Press release

Drink ban company threat

Flintshire Magistrates Court was told that a drink-driver’s recycling company, SA Recycling, would fold if he was unable to carry on without a driving licence.

Ross Anthony Garner, 34, was stopped driving an Inveco panel van in Flint because he was driving without lights. 

Garner, of Station Close, Elton, near Chester, admitted driving with 78 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath on 8 September. He was banned from driving for 22 months, fined £150 with £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.

Chester Standard

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