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News round-up 19/2

Councils urged on food waste collections; Plastics recycler rebrands; Waste food cafe re-opens; Recolight gets WEEE scheme boost

Councils urged to keep food waste collections

Local authorities have been urged to drive up capture rates from food collections to save money rather than dropping the service, by an anaerobic digestion (AD) company.

Tamar Energy chief executive Dean Hislop said authorities should focus on raising households’ awareness to cause uplift in collection rates and lower waste disposal charges.

He expressed concern that some councils were considering dropping food collections to save money.

Hislop (pictured) said: “The UK’s AD industry has delivered the necessary capacity; it needs to be matched by local and national government on collection rates.”

Press release

Plastics recycler rebrands

Recycled PET manufacturer ECOPlastics Recycling Ltd has changed its name to Evolve Polymers, as of 12 February.

The Lincolnshire-based company was bought by investment firm Aurelius in December 2014 and has since changed its procurement strategy and restructured its operations.

In the past year, the business has changed its focus from the recycling of mixed plastics to procurement of high quality pre-sorted PET bales and production of high grade PET pellets.

It also manufactures washed PET, PP and PE flakes.

Press release

Waste food cafe re-opens

A café in Liverpool that uses waste food will reopen this weekend.

Gabby Holmes and Natalie Crean, created The Real Junk Food Project, launched on the corner of Everton Brow last summer.

The UK’s first cafe of this kind was opened in Leeds by Adam Smith - the man who inspired Gabby to set up the same business concept.

Liverpool Echo

Recolight gets WEEE scheme boost

Recolight has announced that its WEEE compliance scheme membership increased more than for any other UK scheme during 2015.

Its analysis of Environment Agency data released this week showed the firm had a net growth of 23 producers last year.

That is the company’s biggest annual increase since the scheme began in 2007.

Press release

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