Veolia’s Heysham EfW approved; Group to ‘treasure’ litter-strewn rivers; Work begins on new transfer facility; FCC clears up after Goose Fair
Veolia’s Heysham EfW approved
Lancashire County Council has granted planning permission for Veolia to build a 330,000 tonnes a year energy-from-waste facility.
A Veolia spokesperson said: “We will establish a local liaison committee and continue to engage with residents throughout the construction period.
”Our proposals will provide a useful boost to the local economy during both the construction and longer term operational phases and we will be using local providers wherever possible. A local recruitment programme for the team to run the facility will shortly be launched and we look forward to working with local colleges in providing training opportunities.
Group to ‘treasure’ litter-strewn rivers
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Campaign group Hubbub is to launch Treasure Your River next May, which aims to reduce litter along the Avon, Mersey, Thames, Severn and Forth rivers and their tributaries (pictured).
The campaign seeks to educate the public about how rivers are transporting rubbish to the sea and to remove 90 tonnes of litter from these waterways over a year.
Work begins on new transfer facility
Chloros Environmental has started work on a £1.5m waste transfer facility in a 43,000 square feet warehouse in Hartlebury, Worcestershire (pictured).
The new facility will allow it to process up to 24,000 tonnes of packaged waste.
FCC clears up after Goose Fair
FCC Environment workers swung into action to clear up Tavistock after the town’s annual Goose Fair last week (pictured).
It worked with West Devon Borough Council’s staff overnight to clear more than 7.0 tonnes of rubbish of which some 1.5 tonnes was recycled.
Regional director Steve Longdon said: “Large-scale public events are always a challenge and I am proud to say that our team, working alongside council staff, did a fantastic job long into the night to ensure it was business as usual the next day after another successful Tavistock Goose Fair.”
The fair has been held since the 12th century, originally for animal trading. This continues but it now also offers market traders and entertainment.
UKWSL’s airport contract
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Waste and recycling broker UKWSL has been awarded the waste and recycling contract for Birmingham airport.
UKWSL have been awarded a contract worth several hundred thousand pounds by OCS Group UK Ltd to provide a wide range of waste management services. The partnership between UKWSL, OCS and Birmingham Airport is designed to invert the waste hierarchy and deliver innovative solutions and market leading environmental credentials.
The partnership is also looking at projects include coffee cup recycling, reverse vending machines and charitable reuse partnerships for abandoned luggage.
UKWSL managing director Max Kanda, said: “We share OCS and Birmingham airport’s commitment to developing an increasing sustainable environment for both passengers and employees. We look forward to helping reduce the amount of waste that is produced and recycling as much material as possible in order to realise its commercial and environmental value.”
MBA Polymers UK gets accredited
MBA Polymers UK Limited has become the UK’s first recycled plastic compounder of both automotive shredder residue and WEEE to be awarded EuCertPlast accreditation, the European-wide scheme that provides a common standard for post-consumer plastics recycling.
The main focus of the EuCertPlast scheme is on the transparency and traceability of recycled polymers in the supply chain and throughout the recycling process. There is a requirement for a standardised scheme in the plastic recycling industry and this certification aims to separate the traders from the recyclers, working in accordance to the European Standard EN 15343:2007 to assess the practice and quality of output from a recycler.
Paul Mayhew, MBA Polymers UK general manager, said: “We recognise that for this to be achieved there is a requirement from producers and brands to have assurances around the quality and traceability of post consumer derived polymer. EUCertplast aims to achieve this by integrating various audit schemes into one common standard whilst also determining the best recycling and trading practices too.”
Firm launches waste accreditation scheme
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A group of waste management specialists is to launch a company next month to help businesses to become more sustainable.
Certified Sustainable said it had been set up in response to requests from businesses for a way to show their commitment to being environmentally responsible in waste management.
It will provide accreditation graded bronze, silver, gold and platinum and provide advice on improving environmental performance.
FareShare opens new warehouse
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Surplus food redistribution charity FareShare has opened a new warehouse in Milton Keynes to provide an estimated 370,000 meals to people in need over the next year.
FareShare South Midlands, based in Bletchley, is being run in partnership with SOFEA, a charity which works with young people to develop their skills and employability.
The regional centre, which will be FareShare’s twenty-fifth warehouse in the UK, aims to serve 49 charities and community groups and reach over 5,200 people at risk of hunger within its first year of opening.
Marathon recycling effort for Hamilton
Hamilton Waste and Recycling published the results of its clear-up of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.
Out of a total 3.77 tonnes of waste generated at the event, 84.6% was recycled and turned into products and 15.4% was recovered for solid recovered fuel.
Residual water from the plastic bottles was collected and decanted into Hamilton’s water capture tanks and used on site for dust suppression while excess clothing shed at the start line was collected and taken away for charitable use.
Biffa enters ‘man with van’ waste collection market
Biffa has launched a direct-to-consumer brand called Skoup.
Skoup, which is also being targeted at small businesses, is a UK-wide service that allows users to book and pay for ad-hoc waste collection. The service can be booked online, via an app or over the phone and has three options for waste collection: a man with a van, a skip or a bin bag collection.
Biffa said it will take as many items for recycling as possible across the country. The name ‘Skoup’ comes from the Greek ‘Skoupídia,’ meaning junk, litter or refuse. It is also linked to the English ‘Scoop,’ meaning to remove or gather something up.
George Pearce, Biffa commercial development manager, said: “The reason we have launched Skoup is simple – we are meeting an increasing demand in the UK for an easy and reliable way to get rid of unwanted ‘stuff’.”
Recycled paint partnership
Dulux Trade becomes first major manufacturer to launch recycled paint in partnership with Veolia UK.
As part of its ongoing commitment to reducing the impact of paint on the environment, experts at Dulux Trade with Veolia have created a matt emulsion made from 35% recycled paint.
To create Dulux Trade Evolve, the paint manufacturer partnered with Veolia, to extract unused white paint from tins at its recycling centres.
IT asset disposal firm investment
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Increased demand from Blue-Chip clients has resulted in Yorkshire-based IT asset disposal company investing over £250,000 in a newfacility to support its growth.
S2S has created a secure processing centre, which will allow for future, ongoing growth with the capability to more than double current processing volumes from the 10,000 assets that were dealt with by the company in 2018.
“In a world where digitally stored personal, financial and sensitive data is a huge part of business process, it is imperative that more opportunities are presented for organisations to be able to recover or dispose of their data and assets safely and securely,” said Grant Barton, director of S2S Group. “We have appraised the challenges met by companies, the legal requirements from a GDPR and data protection perspective, and now have a business that facilitates a wide range of demands from our customer base.”
Old crab shells and apple cores find new uses
Welsh sustainable technology firm Pennotec is finding novel ways of stopping was once industrial food waste being sent to landfill. This includes making water purification devices from crustacean shells and new fibres from apple cores.
Owner and managing director, Dr Jonathan Hughes, is now leading his firm into its next stage of development. It has started the manufacture of its own product, a natural water clarifier extracted from waste shells from seafood processing for use in filter systems for swimming pools and hydrotherapy.
The company has been helped expand with the expert advice and support of Welsh Government’s Accelerated Growth Programme.
Bunting Europe joins PMMDA
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In recognition of their long-time association with the plastics sector, the European division of the global Bunting Group has joined the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA).
The PMMDA, set up in 1966, provides important information, representation and a mutual support for companies in the plastics industry.
“Joining the PMMDA reflects the importance of the plastics sector to our business,” said Simon Ayling, managing director of Bunting’s European division. “After establishing a close working relationship with Renmar Plastic Machinery, Director Kevin Horne proposed that we consider joining the association. We are now proud to be members.”