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News round-up 25/1

Luxus apprentices

Apprentice scheme launched; Solihull composting facility green-lighted; Beer brewed from bread; Facebook fly-tipper sentenced; Viridor appointment

Supply chain partners launch apprentice scheme

Plastics recycler Luxus and a partner manufacturer, Polypipe, have launched a joint scheme to help solve the skills gap in the industry.

The first apprentice technicians, pictured: Callum Ely (16), James Laurence (22) from Luxus and Kamil Ostrowski (22) from Polypipe, have begun a two-year apprenticeship in polymer processing delivered in partnership with training provider, Solutions4Polymers and funded by Cogent, the strategic body for skills in the science industries.

The scheme is part of the Government’s ‘Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards’ initiative. From left to right: Ely, Ostrowski and Laurence

Press release

Beechwood Recycling to build Solihull compost facility

An organic waste disposal facility is to be built in Solihull to help the council meet its recycling targets.

The unit will be capable of processing waste water and up to 45,000 tonnes of food, green and wood waste every year.

Solihull Council’s planning committee has given the go-ahead for Beechwood Recycling to build and operate the facility.

The council is currently struggling to meet its 60% recycling rate by 2020. The new facility is designed to recover value by turning food and green waste into high-quality compost.

Birmingham Mail

Brewery turning bread into beer to tackle food waste

A brewery has found a way to transform unwanted bread into beer after research found that UK households waste at least 24 million slices of bread a year.

The Toast Ale brew, which launches on Monday, uses one slice of fresh surplus bread from bakeries, delis and other sandwich makers to help brew each bottle.

According to food waste charity Feedback, the aim of the project is to tackle the “global issue of food waste” until it eventually puts itself “out of business”.

Yorkshire man found guilty of dumping

A Bridlington man who advertised his waste removal services on Facebook has been found guilty of fly-tipping after he dumped rubbish in Woldgate.

Derek Potter, of Marshall Avenue, who trades as Diamond Removals, denied the offence but was found guilty following a trial at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on 19 January.

He was also found guilty of failing to produce waste transfer notes when asked to by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Mr Potter dumped rubbish including a paddling pool, food waste, cans, bottles, nappies, DVDs and letters.

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a condition to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Bridlington Free Press

New Viridor manager appointed

Viridor has announced the appointment of Paul Brown as its new Scottish regional managing director, effective from 1 February.

Moving from a senior role at Scottish Power Energy Networks, Mr Brown will head the Scottish recycling and resources division of a company investing £500m in Scotland.

Press release


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