Biffa gets £18m contract extension; Garden waste petition fails; Kier collection vehicle batteries stolen; Fake alcohol turned into electricity; Reuse framework launched
Biffa gets £18m contract extension
Biffa has been awarded a six year extension to its current contract with Forest of Dean District Council, thought to be the company’s longest-standing local authority client.
The extension, worth around £18m over its life, secures Biffa’s relationship with the western Gloucestershire local authority until 31 July 2024.
The news means that Biffa ends the year in the same positive way that it began when it was awarded a 13-year, £115 million contract extension by Wirral Council. In 2014, Biffa secured around £300m-worth of contract extensions from its client councils.
Garden waste petition fails
Plans to charge for garden waste collection in Croydon will not be reversed despite a petition signed by more than 10,000 people.
The strength of feeling behind the cut forced councillors into debating the issue during a full council meeting.
Kier collection vehicle batteries stolen
Household waste collections to many homes in the Taunton area were later than usual on 14 December after thieves stole the batteries from 14 lorries.
Staff turning up for work were unable to start their vehicles and had to wait for replacement batteries before beginning their rounds.
A spokesman said that Kier, Somerset Waste Partnership’s waste collection contractor, “worked to put the vehicles back into operation all day”, but there was some inevitable “impact on certain parts of the service”.
Fake alcohol turned into electricity
Tonnes of counterfeit alcohol seized from across Lincolnshire has been recycled to generate electricity.
The significant collection of alcohol was seized by Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police from shops across the county.
At a specialist recycling facility in Sheffield, the counterfeit liquid is mixed with food stuffs and enzymes to create gas. The gas is then used to create electricity which is then fed into to the National Grid.
Reuse framework launched
Decom North Sea, the industry body for North Sea oil and gas decommissioning has launched its Re-use Framework, in conjunction with long-standing collaborative partner, Zero Waste Scotland.
There are many elements to be considered as a part of successful decommissioning; a responsibility to the environment and cost-effective practices are seen as two of the most fundamental when it comes to getting decommissioning right.
Whilst the industry already embraces recycling to excellent effect, reprocessing capacity within the UK may prove insufficient to deal with the materials produced by the decommissioning era - thus highlighting the necessity for re-use as an alternative.