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News round-up September 2016

Somerset road recycling machine

Recycled road being fixed; Council takes fly-tippers to court; Suez penalised by council; Council separates green collections

Recycled road being fixed

A main road recently resurfaced using an innovative recycling scheme will be closed on the evening of 30 September for remedial work.

Inspections by Somerset County Council have shown that around 30m of the A3088 Cartgate Link Road near Yeovil was not laid to specifications.

The contractor will be returning to carry out the work at no cost to the taxpayer.

David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Although it was generally very successful, our inspections have identified a very short length of road which could be vulnerable to failure in future.”

Press release

Council takes fly-tippers to court

Bolton Council has taken six residents to court as part of its continued crack down on fly-tipping.

Sisters Iveta Lakatasova and Monika Lakatasova were both given a community order with a curfew requirement and tagged for eight weeks from 7am to 7pm.

They were also ordered to pay costs each of £377 and victim surcharge and costs of £85 after admitting fly-tipping the waste on four separate occasions

Press release

Suez penalised by council

Calderdale Council has imposing financial penalties on Suez UK due to ongoing issues with waste and recycling collections.

Since the new service started on 1 August, the council said there had been an “unacceptable number” of missed collections, although it said they were “getting back on track”.

The council said it would introduce financial penalties until the issues, which also included delayed container deliveries, were resolved.

Press release

Council separates green collections

Green waste

Green waste

Caerphilly county borough council in Wales has announced it will begin collecting food and garden waste separately over the winter period.

The council is investing in a fleet of specialist vehicles that will allow separation of materials during the weekly collection rounds.

Food waste will then be treated using Welsh Government’s preferred method of anaerobic digestion.

While the new vehicles are on order, garden waste collections will operate as a request only service.

Press release

Pupils pedal waste food

Kbt pedalling

Kbt pedalling

Pupils from Valence School in Dagenham have been pedalling surplus fruit and vegetables donated by their local supermarket to create smoothies.

It is a part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Waste less, Live More campaign, supported by Lidl UK as part of their donation of carrier bag charge proceeds towards charity work.

The children themselves generating the power for the food processors by pedalling specially modified ‘smoothie bikes’.

Press release

Waste dumped at Preston Cemetery

Piles of household waste have been dumped in Preston Cemetery.

Furniture, bin bags and paperwork were strewn across the middle of a path in the cemetery over the weekend, with leaders describing the tipping as “totally disrespectful”.

Volunteers moved the dumped waste to one side of the path to help families access the place of rest, before council officers began a clean-up operation.

Town Hall bosses are now calling for witnesses to come forward.

Lancashire Evening Post

EA chair appointed

Emma howard boyd

Emma howard boyd

Emma Howard Boyd has been confirmed as the new chair of the Environment Agency (EA) and will take up the post immediately.

Howard Boyd was acting chair of the EA after being made deputy chair in 2015. She was appointed to the agency’s board in 2009.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee recently published a report in July approving Howard Boyd’s appointment as EA chair. Sir Philip Dilley resigned from the role earlier this year.

Howard Boyd said: “There are big challenges ahead - ensuring the country is more resilient to extreme weather, protecting and enhancing the environment, and promoting sustainable growth - I look forward to playing my part.”

Press release

Hundreds at Veolia open day

Veolia Southwark open day

Veolia Southwark open day

More than 850 members of the public attended Veolia’s waste facility at Southwark on 17 September for the fourth annual ‘Wonder Day’.

The event was part of the Open House Weekend scheme, and was described as ”a quirky day out” by Time Out magazine.

Fabrice Bouchon, general manager for Veolia, Southwark said: “I am very proud of the staff that took part and it was a pleasure to see so many people enthused by waste and recycling”.

Press release

30 more sign WRAP agreement

Some 30 more organisations have signed up to WRAP’s latest waste reduction scheme, Courtauld Commitment 2025, since its launch in March.

New signatories include Iceland Foods, Boots and Nando’s Chickenland.

Now 95% of the UK’s food retail market have signed up, as well as many leading brands, manufacturers and hospitality and food service companies.

The charity’s head of sustainable food David Moon said: “We are delighted with the desire for action shown from such a range of signatories.”

Press release

£27m recycling centre ‘on schedule’

Construction of a £27m recycling centre at Altens East in Aberdeen is underway. It is being developed by Suez UK on behalf of Aberdeen City Council.

It will comprise a MRF and a refuse derived fuel facility that will process residual waste. The RDF will then be baled for export.

Construction started on 5 January and despite initial ground works being hampered by ‘Storm Frank,’ Suez UK says the project will complete on schedule in the summer of 2017.

Press release

Circular Economy house on show

arup circular economy building

arup circular economy building

The Circular Building is a prototype, designed by Arup, as part of London Design Festival (17-25 September), an annual event held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and a gateway to the international creative community.

“At the highest level of engagement about the circular economy (CE) we need to start a dialogue about mutual gains, one that influences all stakeholders. The model can drive innovation and new ways of working - we see this as a way of rethinking design and redesign thinking”, said Carol Lemmens, director, Global Leader Management Consulting, Arup.

Each material in the Circular Building comes with its own QR code containing the information required to allow reuse and this information feeds into a materials database on a cloud-based platform.

Press release

Minister opens cups firm’s office

Therese coffey frugalpac

Therese coffey frugalpac

Resources minister Thérèse Coffey has formally opened packaging firm Frugalpac’s offices in Brightwell, Suffolk.

The firm has launched a cup that is made from recycled paper, and recyclable in normal paper mills.

Coffey said: “It is vital for our environment and economy that we make the most of our resources. That is why it is great to see an example of innovation that could help the environment and become a great British export.”

Press release

Valpak joins MetalMatters

Mm campaign example torbay2

Mm campaign example torbay2

Packaging compliance scheme Valpak has become the latest funding partner to join the Alupro’s MetalMatters programme, which aims to boost the capture rates for metal packaging collected at kerbside.

Valpak believes that supporting the industry-funded recycling communications programme reflects commitment to continue to boost the recycling of packaging on behalf of its members.

To date MetalMatters leaflets have been delivered in 73 local authorities across the UK, and in 2016 have already directly targeted over 1 million households.

Press release

Litter at Welsh nature reserve

Rubbish at ynyslas

Rubbish at ynyslas

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has asked people not to start bonfires or leave rubbish behind when visiting nature reserves, as it can threaten the wildlife that lives there.

This follows an incident at Dyfi Ynyslas Nature Reserve, near Aberystwyth, where a party was held at the beach over the August bank holiday weekend.

The partygoers also decided to camp on the nature reserve and were woken on Bank Holiday Monday by NRW reserve staff and Dyfed Powys Police, who asked them to remove their litter and tents before leaving the site.

Some nature reserves across Wales are Special Sites of Scientific interest or Special Areas of Conservation, this means they are protected by law and any damage could be considered a criminal act.

Press release

EA implementing victims’ right to review

The Environment Agency has begun implementing a victims’ right to review, in order to comply with the Victims’ Directive which came into force in the UK in November 2015.

This means that if the EA decides that bringing a prosecution is not in the public interest, the identified victim will be given an opportunity to request the agency reviews its decision.

This right to review only arises in the context of a proposed prosecution and does not apply where a different enforcement option is chosen – for example if an enforcement undertaking were accepted, or a caution was issued.

Environment Agency

University contract for Cumbria

2000 cumbria waste group

2000 cumbria waste group

Cumbria Waste Group has won a major new contract to handle waste generated by the University of Cumbria.

In total, this will involve the annual collection of 1,000 tonnes of general and mixed recycling from the University’s three sites in Carlisle, Ambleside and Lancaster.

In the first year of the three-year contract, which has an option for a further two years, Cumbria Waste Group has pledged to achieve a recycling and landfill diversion rate of at least 90%.

Press release

Award for Company Shop

2000 company shop

2000 Company Shop

Company Shop, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food, has been selected to represent the UK in the 2016-17 European Business Awards, after being named a national champion.

The business, which is headquartered in South Yorkshire and was shortlisted for the food category in the 2016 National Recycling Awards, claimed the environmental & corporate sustainability category.

The European Business Awards recognise and promote best practice in the European business community. National Champions in all sections of the competition will now go on to compete at the next stage, which will involve videos being submitted to a public vote.

Press release

Countrystyle buys AMCS software

Kent-based Countrystyle Recycling has invested £275,000 in a new software system from AMCS

The new system, which also incorporates AMCS’s latest mobile and on-board weighing technology, will enable Countrystyle to run a single, integrated set of applications across its entire logistics and processing operations.

Countrystyle manages over 500,000 tonnes of waste a year from over 3,000 customers across south east England.

Press release

Cox moves to Reconomy

2000 chris cox reconomy

2000 chris cox reconomy

Former JCB executive Chris Cox has been appointed head of business development at Reconomy with a brief to drive sales growth across the company’s house building, construction, infrastructure and commercial & industrial (C&I) sectors. 

Cox, pictured, said: “Having previously worked in an outsourced waste management service environment, I was already familiar with the business model operated by Reconomy. Across the industry Reconomy is widely regarded as being the market leader in terms of its size, its geographic reach and the diversity of the services it can deliver. I am therefore thrilled to be here and very eager to get started.”

His previous roles include general manager at JCB, sales manager at AMCS, head of corproate accounts in Biffa’s leisure section, and commercial manager at Greenstar.

Press release

Countrystyle secures Kent contracts



Countrystyle has announced two contract wins, one with Canterbury Christ Church University and the other with Medway Norse.

The university deal is a three-year contract worth around £1m for bins at various locations including halls of residence, Student Union bars and cafés, offices, libraries and sporting venues.

Medway Norse appointed Countrystyle as the sole waste management provider for non-hazardous and recyclable materials as part of a five-year contract worth over £800,000.

Press release

Waste mountain almost cleared

A 42ft waste mountain in the West Midlands has nearly been cleared, according to the Environment Agency.

Complaints from residents about the eyesore at the former Refuse Derived Fuel site on Moor Street were originally made in 2011. But work finally got underway to remove the waste pile in January this year – and it is now nearing completion.

An outline application for 94 one and two-bedroom properties to be built on the site was approved last year.

Stourbridge News

Recycling Partnership makes purchase

The Recycling Partnership, an independent operator in the south east, has acquired the trade waste and collection operations of KSD Environmental Services.

This is the third purchase in recent years after the addition of the trade waste arm of Haulaway and Britaniacrest Recycling.

The Recycling Partnership operates alongside sister company Cox Skips and both are part of Cox Management Services. Operations include a fleet of more than 50 vehicles and a commercial recycling centre in Sussex licensed to process 260,000 tonnes of waste and recyclable material per year.

Press release

Neales secures Lancashire extension

neales truck

neales truck

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded Neales Waste Management a two-year contract extension to manage two of the county’s waste transfer stations.

Neales will continue to manage and operate both Preston and Middleton waste transfer stations on behalf of LCC. Each facility processes between 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes of general household waste and recycling a year.

Director Hugh Stewart said: ”We will be delivering the same high quality service and implementing a number of operational developments to realise an even greater saving for Lancashire County Council and its residents.”

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