New roles at Wastecycle; Sustainable Development Goals inquiry launched; Ucan hires compliance manager; Saxlund wins EfW floor contract
New roles at Wastecycle
Wastecycle, the East Midlands’ resource management and recycling company, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Richard Dolben (pictured) as general manager with responsibility for recycling.
Dolben joined the company following a reorganisation, which sees Kevan Wilcockson move from director of recycling to the newly created role of compliance and development director.
He will be responsible for all of the operational aspects of Wastecycle’s Nottingham recycling centre, reporting to managing director, Paul Needham.
Sustainable Development Goals inquiry launched
The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government’s implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Some 17 SDGs were adopted by the General Assembly in September last year and include tackling climate change and using resources sustainably.
Now the EAC is looking for submissions under 3,000 words made through the online portal until 16 September covering topics such as which goals are most relevant to the UK.
Ucan hires compliance manager
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Yorkshire IT recycling company, Ucan Recycling, which diverts unwanted IT equipment from landfill via reuse or recycling, has appointed Anne-Marie Parkinson (pictured) as compliance manager.
She will handle auditing, waste, WEEE legislation requirements and other general admin and compliance tasks.
Saxlund win EfW floor contract
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Bouygues Energies & Services, the company responsible for the engineering and construction of the UK’s largest waste-to-energy gasification plant currently underway at Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, has selected Saxlund International, part of the Trention AB energy and environmental technology group, to provide fuel storage and discharge bunkers for the new facility.
Central to the design is Saxlund’s Push Floor technology which limiting the opportunity for the fuel to degrade or compact.
The reciprocating action back and forth across the floor of the bunker continuously breaks up the material, preventing any build up or bridging, ensuring consistent and measured delivery of fuel to the discharge point.
NI man fined for illegal waste storage
A man from Northern Ireland has pleaded guilty at Newry Magistrates’ Court to three charges of keeping waste illegally.
Officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency visited the site (pictured) of Allclear Environmental, Carnbane Industrial Estate, Newry, on three occasions in 2014-15 and observed waste being stored not in accordance with a waste management licence.
Patrick Durkan was convicted under article 4(1)b of the Waste and Contaminated Land (NI) Order 1997 and received £1,000 fine plus offender levy for the first charge and conditional discharge for the further two charges.
Fleet expert joins Ambassadors
The RWM Ambassadors’ Group has invited CMS SupaTrak managing director Jason Airey to join the panel.
The group brings together some of the sector’s leading thinkers who collectively ensure that RWM reflects and meets the needs of the dynamic and fast-changing sector and work proactively to shape the future direction of the industry.
Airey said: “We’ve worked with a number of the organisations involved in the Ambassadors programme over the years in promoting best practice in driver safety and fleet logistics. To be invited to be part of this expert group is a great signal of the benefits of the work we’ve have already been involved with and it is an exciting opportunity to have a real impact in making the sector safer for everyone.”
Unwashed bottles make collectors feel sick
Unwashed plastic bottles which had been placed in a recycling bank resulted in West Devon recycling collectors feeling unwell.
When the bank was emptied and the bottles were crushed a combination of different liquids merged and produced a gas.
Ambulance and fire services were called to determine if the gases were dangerous and to administer first aid to the workers.
The gases were not harmful and all those exposed are fine, but the smell “made them feel sick”.
McDonald’s signs Birmingham litter agreement
McDonald’s will be signing a voluntary street litter agreement with Birmingham City Council next week, as they pledge to keep the areas around their 90 Birmingham restaurants free of discarded fast food packaging.
This is the largest voluntary agreement signed by a fast food chain in the city.
A total of 460 takeaway food businesses have made the same pledge to help keep Birmingham’s streets clean of fast food-related rubbish.
Recycling centre reopens after flood scheme
Scottish Borders Council has reopened its Selkirk recycling facility after it was closed in February to allow for a diversion route for a flood protection scheme.
During this period, the centre was reconfigured to reduce the need for short-term closures of the site while skips are being emptied while all the previous facilities within the centre have been retained.
Executive member for environmental services David Paterson said: “We realise the closure has caused an inconvenience to people of Selkirk but it was vital to ensure homes and businesses in the Riverside area of the town were not adversely impacted.”
Repic boosts team
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WEEE compliance scheme Repic has appointed of two new recruits, Vikki Law and Ben Froggatt.
Law joins as compliance and quality manager, having worked both in technical and customer management roles for over 20 years. Her role will focus on legal compliance and business continuity. Froggatt has joined the finance team as an accounts assistant after returning to the UK from Australia.
Repic chief executive Philip Morton, said: “Appointing Vikki and Ben illustrates our commitment to continuously improving our business. Their experience and knowledge will further strengthen our team”.
London food waste report launched
A report and campaign have been launched to put pressure on London councils to improve food waste recycling rates and separation.
Food waste recycler Bio Collectors’ report lays out the issues around food waste in the capital, with only 18 of 33 London boroughs collecting food waste separately.
Its campaign Just AD Food calls for councils to improve waste collection and disposal methods, in a bid to improve recycling and reduce emissions.
Veolia gets bulky waste contract
Kent County Council has awarded Veolia a five year contract for the treatment of 11,000 tonnes per year of municipal bulky waste.
The £8m contract will send materials to the Hersden refuse derived fuel plant for treatment, before they are transferred to energy from waste facilities.
The contract begins on 1 July and includes the processing of bulky waste from Canterbury City Council and Thanet District Council.
NI man fined £750 for waste offence
A man from Northern Ireland has been fined £750 after pleading guilty to a breach of waste management legislation.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) found 8,300 tonnes of building materials deposited on lands at Upper Springfield Road in Belfast without the necessary permissions.
Robert Lappin pleaded guilty to one charge under Article 4(1)(a) of the Waste and Contaminated Land Order (Northern Ireland) 1997, i,e, for depositing controlled waste, or knowingly causing or knowingly permitting controlled waste to be deposited in or on any land unless a waste management licence authorising the deposit is in force and the deposit is in accordance with the licence.
Cory buys barges to transport IBA
Cory has bought three barges to transfer 200,000 tonnes per annum of incinerator bottom ash (IBA) from the firm’s Bexley energy from waste (EfW) facility, on the banks of the River Thames.
Sealed containers of ash will be loaded on to the barges, where they will be taken to a processing plant at the Port of Tilbury, operated by Ballast Phoenix, and turned into construction aggregate.
Neil Caborn, the firm’s general manager, said: ‘Compared to the existing fleet of waste barges, these new barges have been specifically designed for our Thames operation to carry heavier payloads of ash’.
The firm now boasts a fleet of five tugs, five new ash barges and 47 waste barges.
Amey EfW on track for 2018 opening
Eighteen months after construction began, Amey’s waste treatment facility for North Yorkshire and the City of York is on track to open in 2018.
Allerton Waste Recovery Park will sort and separate residual waste and pick out any remaining recyclable items, such as plastic bottles and metal cans that have been thrown away.
It will transfer food and biodegradable items to the anaerobic digestion unit. The remaining waste will be treated in the EfW facility.
The facility is on schedule to be operational by the end of January 2018. The construction team has worked for more than 680,000 hours so far and at any one time there can be about 390 people on site.
Huddersfield dump abandoned
A huge waste site at the centre of enforcement action has been abandoned in Huddersfield.
Now council officers and the Environment Agency have launched an investigation into the site in Lockwood - described as “a stinking mess”.
And a local councillor who has led calls for tough action against the firm said it was imperative action was taken.
Cardiff launches bin app
Cardiff County council has launched an app to advise its residents on the type of waste to put out for collection.
Binfo is compatible with all tablet devices and smartphones and once postcode details have been entered it will remind users about the type of waste that will be collected in their area that week.
The app will also provide guidance on the correct content for each type of waste container and also advise residents about disruption to services due to bank holidays. Users can also use the app to set collection reminder alerts at a time that suits them.