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News round-up September 2017

Wales’ 70% renewable electricity target; Innovation boosts mattress haulage; CIWM ditches e-learning partner; New EfW contract for Amey

Wales’ 70% renewable electricity target

Cabinet secretary for the environment Lesley Griffiths wants Wales to generate 70% of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030.

Electricity generation from renewables in the country has trebled since 2010 and last year provided 32% of the electricity needed.

Griffiths said: “Wales must be able to compete in global low-carbon markets, particularly now we face a future outside the EU. The ability to meet our needs from clean energy is the foundation for a prosperous low-carbon economy.”

Press release

Innovation boosts mattress haulage

tfrg nick oettinger

tfrg nick oettinger

The Furniture Recycling Group (TFR Group) has designed and prototyped a standard 40ft trailer, that ordinarily carries 90 mattresses, to carry 600 instead, meaning a significant reduction in transportation costs and vastly increasing the viability of mattress recycling throughout the country. 

Already able to recycle up to 7,000 mattresses a week, by mid-2018, the TFR Group expects this capacity to grow to 20,000 a week thanks to its ongoing research and development into new and effective technologies.   

Around 167,000 tonnes of mattresses are sent to landfill each year in the UK. Pictured is Nick Oettinger, managing director.

Press release

CIWM ditches e-learning partner

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has ended its e-learning partnership with Cloud Sustainability with immediate effect.

CIWM chief executive Dr Colin Church said existing e-learning customers using any of the partnership’s products will be supported.

“The CIWM is committed to working with Cloud to ensure that all existing clients will be able to complete their e-learning, and has asked Cloud to comply in full with its obligations in this respect. The CIWM will continue to offer e-learning independently in the future,” he said.

Press release

New EfW contract for Amey

AmeyCespa Milton Keynes

AmeyCespa Milton Keynes

Amey has been awarded a contract with Central Bedfordshire Council to treat residual household waste at its energ- from-waste facility in Milton Keynes.

The contract will begin on 1 October and run for three-and-a-half years, with 25,000 tonnes of waste a year being treated at Amey’s Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park.

Amey’s environmental services managing director Rob Edmondson said: “We’re delighted to secure this contract, which will see us bringing in waste to our Milton Keynes facility. This is an exciting time for Amey as our new state-of-the art waste treatment plants in Milton Keynes and North Yorkshire come online.”

Press release

Results boost for J&B

J&B Recycling has celebrated record financials for the financial year ending March 2017, reporting a turnover of £15.7m. The company also increased its gross profit by 159% to £2.3m.

Vikki Jackson-Smith, managing director, said: “The past 12 months have been both exciting and very successful.

”On top of our best ever recorded financials, we have also successfully implemented and delivered on our two-year programme of development following our initial investment from the Business Growth Fund.”

Press release

Contract eases credit loss

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has been awarded a contract from the county council to retain and sell the household recycling it collects, giving the authority a potential £500,000 in annual income.

The NWLDC will lose a recycling credit paid by the county of around £400,000 in 2018 so the contract offsets the loss.

The council has a recycling rate of 46%.

Press release

EU beverage recycling success

2000 beverage recycling rate

2000 beverage recycling rate

The beverage carton industry has welcomed the latest figures on carton recycling in the EU, showing that 47% were recycled in 2016, continuing the unbroken, upward trend since 2005.

The figure is equivalent to approximately 430,000 tonnes, recycled at more than 20 paper mills across Europe. The total recovery rate (recycling and energy recovery) reached 76% for 2016.

Richard Hands, chief executive of ACE UK, which represents carton manufacturers Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc in the UK, said: “Our sector is committed to supporting and promoting beverage carton recycling, and the continuing upward trend in the EU carton recycling rate in 2016 is good news.”

Press release

GPS data snares criminal

A man caught by GPS data seized from a rental van he used to illegally dump waste has been fined £900 at Nottingham Magistrates Court.

Kirk McRoberts, of Waterloo Promenade in Nottingham, pleaded guilty and was also ordered to contribute £500 towards the cost of prosecution and a £45 surcharge.

McRoberts was charged with illegally depositing waste in Long Eaton in Derbyshire and Cossall in Nottinghamshire. The judge described the illegal deposit of the waste as “a scourge” and remarked that these offences were serious.

Press release

30th vehicle for Fresh Start

600 fresh start waste services

600 fresh start waste services

North-west waste manager Fresh Start Waste Services has taken ownership of the 30th vehicle within its fleet.

The new wagon is named after Agnieska Gorzynska (pictured), a world champion arm wrestler, who Fresh Start has sponsored for the past three years.

It is a Volvo FM12 wagon with a Farid dynamic 32cu yard compaction body. It can carry up to 13,000kg and empty up to 140 x 1,100-litre commercial bins before needing to empty its load.

Press release

Europe’s biggest EfW facility agreed

A contract has been signed for what is claimed will be Europe’s largest energy-from-waste plant for municipal solid waste, processing one million tonnes a year and generating 70MW of electricty – the first such plant in Turkey.

The turnkey contract has been awarded to Swiss company Hitachi Zosen Inova and its Turkish partner Makyol by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality for the design and construction and then the operation and maintenance for at least one year.

From 2021, three incineration lines will process around 15% of Istanbul’s MSW.

Press release

Coffee cups into shopping bags

2000 selfridges yellow kraft bags

2000 selfridges yellow kraft bags

Veolia and paper-maker James Cropper are working together to reprocess disposable coffee cup waste generated at Selfridges’ Oxford Street headquarters and store into its iconic yellow shopping bags.

Used cups are drained of liquid and the lid, sleeve and cup are separated.

Veolia undertakes a further separation process before they are baled and delivered to James Cropper for reprocessing.

Press release

Body found in skip

A man whose body was found among recycling in an outbuilding is thought to have sought shelter in a skip that was delivered to the recycling site.

Adam Forrester’s body was found in a building at Sneyd Industrial Estate in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday.

Forrester, of no fixed abode, is believed to have been living in the Stoke and Blurton areas before he died.

BBC article

Capstick to manage NLWA

martin capstick

martin capstick

The North London Waste Authority has appointed Martin Capstick (pictured) to the role of managing director.

Capstick, who starts in December, has worked at the Department for Transport for several years undertaking various senior level roles, and is currently regional transport strategies director leading work on the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine.

Capstick said: “With a background leading a range of public sector projects and policy issues, it is very motivating to be the managing director, making a real difference to the quality of life of north Londoners and to the sustainable use of resources.”

Press release

Contract extension for Geminor

Geminor has signed a four-year contract extension to supply 55,000 tonnes a year of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to the Hafslund-owned Bio-El Fredrikstad AS energy recovery facility in Østfold county, Norway.

Sourcing household and industrial feedstock from Thorncliffe in Wales, Geminor will manage haulage, shipment and recovery through the port of Immingham.

Kjetil Vikingstad, managing director at Geminor, said: “Since 2015, we have worked in close partnership with the Bio-El Fredrikstad AS energy recovery facility to supply and recovered more than 100,000 tonnes of high-quality RDF material. Extending this contract is great news for Geminor, reflecting our commitment to delivering exceptional service and minimal costs for clients worldwide.”

Press release

Andigestion adds wood recycling 

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2000 andigestion woodchip

Food recycler Andigestion is using heat generated from waste treatment to dry woodchip sold as fuel for large-scale biomass boilers.

The company uses only locally-sourced timber near its base at Holsworthy in Devon, which is chipped on-site and dried before being delivered to customers.

“By using surplus heat which would otherwise go to waste, we are able to dry our woodchip much more efficiently than conventional air-dried chip,” explains Jason Ward, commercial manager at Andigestion. “The drier it is, the more power it delivers per cubic metre – and that makes it significantly more fuel-efficient and cost-effective.”

Press release

Marshall joins Ellgia

gareth marshall ellgia

gareth marshall ellgia

Ely waste management company Ellgia has a new general manager Gareth Marshall (pictured), who arrives with more than 16 years’ experience in the industry. He will be responsible for depots at Ely, Prickwillow and Boston.

Previously, Marshall was operations director for Environmental Waste Controls, having also worked in various waste management companies throughout East Anglia.

Marshall said: “Ellgia has come a long way in a few years and that could not have been achieved without the dedication of the staff here. I’m also looking forward to developing the skip side of the business following Ellgia’s acquisition of the Prickwillow site.”

Press release

New manager at Andusia

Mark Terrell Andusia

Mark Terrell Andusia

Mark Terrell is the new general manager at Andusia Recovered Fuels, where he will have responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business and leading the management team. 

Terrell has worked in many sectors of the industry, most recently as principal consultant at Ricardo’s Energy & Environment team.

He is a materials engineer and began his career as a chemist in the chemical, cement and waste industry.

Press release

Biffa ‘maintains momentum’ 

A trading announcement from Biffa ahead of its half-year results say the group has achieved ”a good performance with sustained momentum overall”.

In July, Biffa completed the acquisition of O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions for £35.2m and the business is said to have performed well since then.

”The acquisition pipeline is positive and we are actively exploring further value-enhancing opportunities. The group’s balance sheet remains strong, with cash generation and net debt also in line with our expectations.”

Press release

Spotless takes on ACE

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2000 malcolm mcardle roger green

The commercial and industrial division of ACE Recycling, based in Clackmannanshire in Scotland, has been acquired from administration by the cleaning company Spotless and its sister company Brightwaste.

Spotless owner Roger Green (right) says each company will continue to trade in their respective names for the foreseeable future, with ACE retaining its 13 staff.

Malcolm McArdle, ACE’s managing director (left) will continue to head ACE’s operations from its depot in Alloa, serving more than 400 customers in the hospitality, business and retail sectors across Scotland’s central belt.

Press release

Brady on course 

Brady, the provider of trading, risk management and settlement solutions to the energy, commodities and recycling sectors, says its full-year results are expected to be in line with market expectations.

Interim results for the six months to 30 June show the business achieved four new licence deals in the period, while recurring revenue represented 68% of total sales in H1, up from 68% the year before.

Cost base is said to be in line with management expectations.

Press release

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