Biffa contract extended; Birmingham recycling row; Barking recycling fire; Drinks firm PET recycling; Heat from sewage scheme
Biffa extends contract for seven years
Cannock Chase District Council has awarded a new seven year recycling and waste collection contract valued at around £12m to municipal contractor Biffa.
The new contract, which starts on 2 April next year and includes an option for a further seven year extension to 31 March 2030, will, together with a separate garden waste processing contract, save the local authority an estimated £2.1m over its seven year life.
Birmingham recycling rate row
Cuts to free garden waste blamed for a drop in Birmingham City Council’s recycling rate to 26%, the lowest in the region.
Campaigners Friends of the Earth urge city to learn from its neighbours.
Government figures revealed that in 2014/15 just 26.6% per cent of household waste was recycled, composted or reused - it was hovering around the 30 per cent mark for several years before that.
Birmingham’s is the lowest rate in the West Midlands where neighbouring Walsall, Dudley and Wolverhampton all recycle more than 40%.
Barking recycling fire out
Dozens of firefighters have been battling a blaze at a recycling unit since this morning.
About a quarter of the ground floor building of a recycling unit, in Kingsbridge Road, Barking, was alight when emergency services were called yesterday.
One man has been taken to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation.
The incident has been attended by 35 firefighters and six engines.
Beverage company hails PET recycling
Brothers Drinks has diverted 1.5 million sq m of labels from incineration and yielded enough PET resin to make almost two million microwave trays, following its joining Avery Dennison and PET UK’s recycling scheme.
In 2014, Avery Dennison expanded its PET liner recycling program with the addition of a new collection facility for brand owners in the UK and Ireland.
UK’s first heat from sewage scheme launched
Sewage is now being used to power a heating system at the Scottish Borders Campus in the Scottish Borders.
Energy minister Fergus Ewing, pictured, launched the UK’s first facility developed by SHARC Energy Systems at the campus in Galashiels.
Backed by investment from Equitix and the UK Green Investment Bank, the SHARC heat recovery system intercepts waste water from a sewer close to the local treatment works operated by Scottish Water.
The system uses a heat pump to amplify the natural warmth of waste water and the heat produced is being sold to Borders College under a 20-year purchase agreement, producing savings in energy, costs and carbon emissions.