Energos wins Derby work; Recycling arm drives Brady growth; Suspended prison sentence for illegal landfill operator; Greyhound and striking workers set for talks
Energos wins Derby work
Thermal conversion specialist Energos has been awarded a £65m contract to supply gasification technology for a £145m integrated waste management centre in Derby.
The contract award by Interserve Construction follows the agreement of funding terms for the overall project by Resource Recovery Solutions, which is a joint venture between Shanks Group and Interserve Group. With funding in place, construction will now start on the 27-year PPP contract for Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils.
The Energos advanced conversion technology forms an integral part of the Derby and Derbyshire New Waste Treatment Facility, which includes a new mechanical biological treatment facility.
Energos managing director Nick Dawber said: “Recycling is the backbone of any waste management strategy and the Derbyshire ACT will only handle the leftover, residual waste that cannot be recycled. This solution will responsibly deal with local waste, while providing economic certainty and savings for the Councils at a time of unprecedented budget cuts.”
Recycling arm drives Brady growth
Commodities software firm Brady has seen its recycling business unit record a 39% rise in revenue for the first half of the year.
Revenue for the first six months of 2014 jumped to £2.5m from £1.8m in 2013, thanks in part to three new customers for its software products.
Group-wide revenue was up 5% to £15.6m from £14.9m for the first half of the year.
Chairman Paul Fullager said: “The group has delivered substantial earnings growth in the first half of 2014 and is in line with management expectations for the full year. This has been achieved against a backdrop of challenging market conditions for commodities, energy and scrap metals globally.”
Suspended prison sentence for illegal landfill operator
The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted the operator of a large illegal landfill site in central Manchester.
Princeston Valentino Green was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years. He was also fined £3,000, ordered to undertake 200 hours community work and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Officers conducted a covert surveillance operation in February 2011 after almost 12,000 cubic metres of waste built up at the site of the Old Lancashire Dairy Mill off Cheetham Hill Road – enough waste to fill five Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Environmental crime officer Sharon Owen said: “The court imposed the sentence using recently issued sentencing guidelines. Those committing serious waste crime face the prospect of significant penalties, including imprisonment.”
Greyhound and striking workers set for talks
The High Court in Dublin has adjourned waste management company Greyhound’s hearing for a week.
Greyhound, which is in the midst of a three-month dispute with workers over pay, was due back to court seeking enforcement of an injunction that restrained protesters from blockading and interfering with the company’s waste collection.
However, RTE.ie reports that the case has been adjourned after the two sides agreed to attend talks to try to resolve the dispute.