Island slashes residual waste rate; Council to set up waste operation; Sector consultation deadline extended; BMRA launches training portal
Island slashes residual waste rate
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 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.
Council to set up waste operation
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.”
Sector consultation deadline extended
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.
BMRA launches training portal
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.”
Viridor transforms landfill site
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.
In Sutton, 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 nineties. 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.”
Council tests waste-powered 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.
New name for carbon firm
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.
Tesco bears down on non-recyclable packaging
Waste reduction at Tesco
Tesco has launched the second phase of its ‘Remove, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle’ plan, for packaging design across all its products.
Under this 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.
james cropper paper from coffee cups
Paper produced from coffee cups
Papermaker 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.
Rejected loads spur contamination campaign
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.
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.”
Olympia seeks to drive out 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.
Gemidan calls for food waste reform
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.”
Litter picks in support of DRS
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,