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News round-up September 2019

Veolia sweet wrapper recycling; Biffa upgrades Aldridge MRF with Tomra; TRAID launches London clothes campaign; In the bag in Belgium

Veolia sweet wrapper recycling

Veolia has launched a service, Procycle, to recycle sweet wrappers, straws or plastic toys previously deemed unrecyclable. 

Available in public spaces these new containers will work through a post back system to Veolia’s facility where it will be sent to a network of reprocessors in the UK and Europe to be turned into new products such as garden furniture, plant pots or even a replacement for virgin plastic.

Richard Kirkman, Veolia chief technology officer, said “We don’t want to let recycling leave a bitter lemon taste in people’s mouths. So now when you are sucking on your rhubarb and custard you can be confident that your wrapper could be recycled. So if you are slurping your smoothie through a straw or just clearing out the house of toys you can know they are being transformed into new products. That’s the sweetest thing!”

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Biffa upgrades Aldridge MRF with Tomra

biffa aldridge mrf is one of the largest mrfs in the uk

biffa aldridge mrf is one of the largest mrfs in the uk

Biffa, has invested in sensor-based sorting technology from Tomra Sorting Recycling as part of an equipment upgrade at its Aldridge MRF in Walsall, West Midlands.

The MRF processes up to.300,000 tonnes of recyclate per annum. Prior to the upgrade, five early generation Tomra Autosort units were used to sort plastic bottles by polymer type. The upgrade sees five brand new units to sort and recover the target fractions of PET, PE, mixed plastics and metals.

The units incorporate Tomra’s Sharp Eye technology to separate single-layer PET trays to be separated from PET bottles.

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TRAID launches London clothes campaign

clothing textiles

586 clothing textiles

Londoners have passed on one million unworn garments to the UK textile recycling charity TRAID in the past year.

TRAID said its research revealed that 23% of Londoners’ clothes are unworn – equivalent to 123m items – while nearly 25% admitted to throwing clothes out,rather than passing them on.

Mary Creagh, chair of the House of Commons environment audit committee, said: “The way we design, make and discard clothes has a huge impact on the environment. TRAID’s 23% campaign calls on Londoners to put 123m items of unworn clothes back into use.

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In the bag in Belgium

iglo

iglo

Waste Free Oceans has formed a partnership with Belgian frozen food brand Iglo. Discarded and obsolete fishing gear recycled by the Danish cleantech company Plastix has been transformed into freezer bags by Papier-Mettler, which are offered as prizes to customers by Iglo.

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Fuel deal for Ferrybridge

awm lorries

awm lorries

Yorkshire-based Associated Waste Management is to supply refuse-derived fuel into the second energy-from-waste plant at Ferrybridge.

Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 power station will have a generating capacity of some 70MW, sufficient to power 180,000 homes, and is capable of treating up to 675,000 tonnes a year of waste-derived fuels.

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MacArthur issues circular economy call

dame ellen mac arthur

dame ellen mac arthur

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has marked climate week with a paper on the need for a fundamental shift to a global economy to successfully tackle climate change.

In Completing the Picture, it said moving to renewables can address only 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions. To deal with the remainder it looked at examples of moves to a circular economy in steel, plastic, aluminium, cement and food.

Dame Ellen MacArthur (pictured) said: “Switching to renewable energy plays a vital role in addressing climate change, but this alone will not be enough. In order to achieve targets on climate, it is critical that we transform how we design, make, and use products and food.

“Completing the picture through a transition to a circular economy can enable us to meet the needs of a growing global population, while creating a prosperous and resilient economy that can run in the long term.”

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Project launched to tackle island’s plastic

indonesia waste

indonesia waste

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is to work for three years on the development of more sustainable and circular waste management systems in Indonesia, in collaboration with Project STOP, which campaigns against plastic pollution in oceans.

It will carry out a feasibility study to achieve a future free of unmanaged plastic waste on Bali and assess how to extend the approach to waste across Indonesia (pictured).

This follows a study that found the island sends 33,000 tons of plastic into the ocean every year, and lacks the waste management services to keep households and businesses from burning or dumping waste.

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Axion gains safety certification

axion polymers

axion polymers

Axion Polymers has renewed its ISO management system certification at its two Manchester plastics recycling sites – and gained an ISO18001 Health and Safety standard for its Salford facility.

The certification covers operations from manufacture to supply and customer service. Axion will now work towards achieving the environmental management standard ISO 14001 for both sites.

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First Mile to handle compostable packaging for firm

first mile recycle box

first mile recycle box

Vegware is to use RecycleBox, First Mile’s courier recycling service, for items not collected by local authorities. The company uses compostable packaging, which must be sent to a specialist facility to be organically recycled.

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FCC’s council partnership Millerhill facility opens

fcc swns millerhill opening 03

fcc swns millerhill opening 03

The Millerhill recycling and energy recovery centre (RERC) officially opened on 20 September. The City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council developed the £142m facility (pictured) under a 25-year partnership with FCC Environment.

The RERC is set to help both councils meet national targets by diverting 155,000 tonnes of waste – 135,000 tonnes of household residual waste with a further 20,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste – from landfill each year. The treated waste will generate electricity to power 32,000 households and businesses across the region.

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Ecosurety gains funding from HSBC

ecosurety 1

ecosurety 1

A Bristol recycling company has secured a £2m finance facility from HSBC UK to accommodate its growing membership base.

Compliance scheme Ecosurety provides well-known brands with the credible and traceable recycling evidence they need to submit under UK law. The scheme has more than 1,000 members across the food, drink and retail sectors, including Danone, the Co-operative Group, Innocent, Morrisons and Virgin Media.

As well as providing Ecosurety with the financial flexibility to meet the compliance needs of its growing membership base, the funding from HSBC UK will enable it to accelerate much-needed investment into recycling innovation and infrastructure in the UK.

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Island slashes residual waste rate

Guernsey Longue Hougue

Guernsey Longue Hougue

Guernsey Longue Hougue

Guernsey households have generated less than half their previous total of residual waste since the introduction a year ago of a new collection system.

The island’s government said that, in the first six months of this year, around 2,125 tonnes of black bag waste was collected compared with 5,100 tonnes for the same period in 2018.

Drivers of increased recycling included the launch of a weekly food waste pick-up, the switch to fortnightly residual waste collections and a pay-as-you- throw’ charge for non-recycled waste.

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Council to set up waste operation

Kier vehicle at Dennis Factory

586 Kier vehicle at Dennis Factory

Cheshire West & Chester Council is set to create a council-owned trading organisation to provide waste collection and recycling from March 2020.

The move was first proposed in January after Kier terminated its contract with the council (pictured).

Karen Shore, cabinet member for environment, said: “We’ve struck a good deal with Kier, following their decision to exit the waste market, and it provides us with the funding to continue to improve our waste and recycling service over the coming years.”

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Sector consultation deadline extended

David Palmer-Jones

586 David Palmer-Jones

The UK Resources Council has extended its consultation on a waste industry sector deal to 18 October. It was previously due to end on 26 September.

Initial proposals published last month were for a deal to unlock the sector’s full potential contribution to a circular economy, net zero carbon targets and green growth.

The council’s chair David Palmer-Jones (pictured) said the extension was needed to allow the full range of the industry and those who work with it to respond.

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BMRA launches training portal

emr and bmra apprenticeship launch

emr and bmra apprenticeship launch

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has partnered with APT Health and Safety Training Solutions to offer members access to key training courses.

Members will be able to choose from a range of standard and bespoke health and safety training tailored to different workplace roles. The diverse list on offer ranges from IOSH and NEBOSH courses to fire marshal with safe use of fire extinguisher and forklift truck training.

BMRA chief executive James Kelly said: “Our partnership with APT means that we can develop a suite of training courses that truly are fit-for-purpose. Furthermore, it is just the first step in our plans to provide members with a portfolio of health and safety-related offerings. At the heart of this portfolio will be our newly updated health and safety manual, which we hope to launch towards the end of summer.”

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Viridor transforms landfill site

beddington open day 2019

Viridor beddington open day 2019

Viridor’s Beddington Farmlands landfill site in Sutton, south London, is being transformed into a network of species-rich habitats as it closes its doors to active waste. 

Viridor’s restoration team has recently held open days and invited members of the community on guided site tours to view the wet grassland habitat creation and newly installed bird hides.

The site has supported the South London Waste Partnership and communities with safe disposal of non-recyclable waste since the late 1990s. The local authority partnership has now opted to divert its non-recyclable waste to the the £205m Beddington energy recovery facility.

Terry Murphy, Viridor’s landfill director, said: “We are committed to progressive restoration at the Beddington Farmlands, developing a diverse green space for the local community to enjoy in the coming decades. To help demonstrate the progress made to date, and the work planned in the coming months and years, Viridor has held open days and now published the Beddington Farmlands Restoration Roadmap.”

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Council tests waste-powered lorry

sheffield electric bin lorry

sheffield electric bin lorry

Sheffield City Council is trying out electric bin lorries powered by the waste they have collected.

Four vehicles have been refitted for battery power using a system designed and made by local firm Magtec, and will be powered by energy from the city’s energy recovery facility, generated by processing residual waste.

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New name for carbon firm

steve greig oco

steve greig oco

Carbon8 Aggregates has rebranded as OCO Technology in a move it said was intended to more accurately reflect its work in using carbon dioxide to treat wastes.

Managing director Steve Greig (pictured) said the company had since its 2012 launch “taken a lab-based technology to a commercial reality producing the world’s first truly carbon negative aggregate”.

The company now has a £15m turnover and employs over 90 staff and recycles around 25% of the UK’s energy from waste accelerated carbonation technology arisings.

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Tesco bears down on non-recyclable packaging

Waste reduction at Tesco

Waste reduction at Tesco

Tesco has launched the second phase of its ‘Remove, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle’ plan for packaging design across all its products.

It said that it will remove all non-recyclable and hard to recycle material, minimise excess packaging, explore new ways to reuse materials and recycle these as part of a closed loop.

It said that by the end of 2019 it will have eliminated the hardest materials to recycle, removing more than 4,000 tonnes of these from 8,000 lines. It will now work with suppliers to do the same.

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james cropper paper from coffee cups

james cropper paper from coffee cups

Paper produced from coffee cups

Paper-maker James Cropper has created a range of cartridge paper made in part from used coffee cups for Seawhite of Brighton.

James Cropper used its CupCycling technology using 80% recycled materials to make 140gsm paper for artists and students.

Richard Burnett, market sector manager at James Cropper, said: “To date, we have recycled over 100 million coffee cups at our CupCycling facility, however we have the capacity to convert up to 500 million per year into papers and packaging.”

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Rejected loads spur contamination campaign

Ashford Borough Council

Ashford Borough Council

Ashford Borough Council is to carry out a contamination campaign with contractor Biffa to tackle the increased presence of incorrect items entering the recycling stream.

The council earlier this year had four loads of recycling rejected at a MRF which had to instead be sent for incineration because of high levels of contamination from food waste, nappies and other items.

Andrew Buchanan, portfolio holder for environment and land management, said “We want to assure the residents of Ashford that this isn’t a form of punishment. Rather it’s a way to ensure we are not forced to lose any additional good quality recycling from the majority of residents who are trying hard and doing the right thing.”

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Olympia seeks to drive out food waste

olympia food waste

olympia food waste

The Olympia London exhibition venue is to work with WRAP to reduce food waste by encouraging staff and caterers to monitor wastage.

Olympia London will sign onsite caterers up to WRAP’s food waste campaign and will invite staff to measure their food waste during September.

It is more than a decade since Olympia sent any waste to landfill and has a 98% recycling with the remaining 2% going to anaerobic digestion plant. Surplus food left at the venue is sent to charities.

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Gemidan calls for food waste reform

gemidan food waste

gemidan food waste

The PAS 110 regulations on physical contamination in digestate should be tightened, technology provider Gemidan has said. PAS 110 has served a useful purpose, but the waste industry had not challenged itself enough, and long-awaited regulations on mandatory local authority food waste collection would dramatically increase the amount of feedstock available for anaerobic digestion operators.

Gemidan spokesman Tony Pickess said: “It’s become all too easy now for companies to say ‘we’ve got PAS 110 so that’s all we need to do’, but it doesn’t take an environmental scientist to work out that fragments of plastic, as well as glass and metal, pollutes the soil and may well end up back up in our food chain.”

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Litter picks in support of DRS

litter on our street

litter on our street

The Campaign to Protect Rural England is running ‘green clean’ litter pick exercises this month in which 20 local groups will clean local green spaces.

Evidence of the litter gathered will be used to highlight what the group said was “the urgent need for a deposit return system that includes drinks cans, plastic and glass bottles, cartons and pouches of all sizes”. Last year, litter pickers collected hundreds of bags of litter and more than 11,000 drinks bottles and cans,

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