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News round-up June 2016

WRAP appoints Jim Oatridge as trustee; Export boost for glass recycler; Council opens bike reuse scheme; Casepak contract win

WRAP appoints Jim Oatridge as trustee

WRAP has appointed Jim Oatridge to its board of trustees.

Oatridge holds several non-executive roles including Chair of Trustee Board at Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and is a former group director at Trent PLC.

During his career, Oatridge has held several positions in the environment sector, such as non-executive director at the Environmental Industries Commission, and chair of the board and chair of the audit committee at Forum for the Future.

Outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin said: “I’m delighted Jim is joining the WRAP Board of Trustees. His background and experience will be a great asset to the board.

“As I step down from my role as WRAP CEO, it’s good to see the appointment of new Trustees with a great mix of skills and expertise who will help guide WRAP’s future development.”

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Export boost for glass recycler

WRL Glass Media Ltd, part of the Teesside-based Ward Recycling Group, is on track to achieve exports of 40% this financial year, a step closer to its long-term ambitions for continental expansion.

The firm, which last year exported around 30% of its produce, has already exported 4,000 tonnes in the financial year beginning 1 February 2016, an increase of 1,800 tonnes since the same time last year. This puts WRL Glass Media on track to meet its target of 40% exports this year.

The firm’s manager Gareth Godwin (pictured) said: “Our customer-base across Europe is receptive to the quality and environmental benefits of utilising glass media in their operations – driving demand and investment in our plant.”

“The long-term ambition of Ward Recycling is to expand our operations to mainland Europe, enabling us to better service and respond to the pressures and demands of the international market. The promising start we’ve made on exports this year brings our ambition another step closer.”

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Council opens bike reuse scheme

Gateshead Council and its waste contractor Suez UK have begun working with local charity Recyke y’Bike to refurbish deposited bikes for sale.

Residents bringing an unwanted bicycle to the council’s HWRC at Campground in Wrekenton will now have that bike inspected.

If it’s found to be junk then it will go into the metals skip for recycling – but if it is still fairly serviceable, it will be put to one side for Recyke y’Bike to check over to see if they can give it a second life.

Recyke y’Bike has workshops in Byker, Newcastle where old bikes are stripped down and refurbished for re-sale. The charity then sells its refurbished bikes and cycling equipment from the workshop and from shops in Newcastle and Durham.

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Casepak contract win

Casepak has been awarded a two-year contract to process 18,000 tonnes per annum of Charnwood Borough Council’s dry recyclables at its Leicester MRF.

The contract is already in operation and will run for the next two years, with an option to extend for a further two years.

Georgina Cullen, Business Development Director at Casepak, commented: “This partnership enables Casepak to deliver first class recycling services within Leicestershire. We look forward to working with Charnwood to boost recycling rates across the borough.”

L-R: Chris Traill, Roy Higginbottom, Hilary Fryer and Matt Bradford of Charnwood Borough Council; Georgina Cullen, of Casepak, David Howkins, of Charnwood Borough Council and Lee Bradbury of Casepak

Data tool at EfW plant



Axion Consulting has implemented a data analysis tool for a Yorkshire-based energy-from-waste plant to streamline its monitoring process.

The six-month project was carried out for Ferrybridge Multifuel Energy Ltd (MFE), whose facility has a 70MW output supplying around 160,000 homes with electricity from refuse-derived fuel.

The plant’s chemist, Dr Claire Spencer said: “Axion’s spreadsheet system for the fuels combines all the data testing in one model that accurately describes the infeed materials and identifies contract compliance.

“This is an essential part of the quality monitoring process for what goes into the plant to generate power.”

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Duty of care fine for Leeds hairdresser

A Leeds hairdresser has been fined £2,000 for failing to deal with their business waste properly.

Carl Deacey was also ordered to pay £523.65 costs and a £100 victim surcharge at Leeds magistrates.

Environmental action officers received complaints in August 2015 alleging that Arena Hair Studios were putting business waste into public litter bins in the town centre.

Deacey admitted that the business has never had any legal means of disposing of their waste throughout their 35 years of operation, an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

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Norfolk refuse workers vote for industrial action

GMB members employed on a Norfolk refuse contract have voted to take industrial action over a pay dispute.

A total ban on overtime will take place from 7am on 21 June after workers on Aylsham and Fakenham’s refuse contract rejected a 2% pay increase over 2 years in support of their claim for a £10 an hour wage.

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Ashton joins Case

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case dean ashton

Case Construction Equipment has appointed Dean Ashton, as heavy-line product specialist for the UK and Eire.

Ashton has 36 years’ experience in engineering and operations, recycling, energy from waste, pre-stressed concrete manufacturing and production facilities.

His most recent position was with Impetus Waste Management Group.

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Two new faces at Casepak

Casepak has expanded its transport team with the appointment of Glenn Blackstock as transport manager and Stephen Clarke as weighbridge administrator.

Blackstock manages a team of 17 drivers and the three staff who control the weighing of vehicles and containers.

Both are based as the waste management firm’s Enderby site.

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Fine for missed witness interview

An Edinburgh man has been fined £100 for not turning up for an interview in relation to the unauthorised deposit of waste.

Craig Angus Forrest pleaded admitted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court failing to attend a compelled witness interview in connection with a criminal investigation being carried out by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).

Unit Manager in Sepa’s waste crime team, Ian Brockie said: “We hope this conviction demonstrates that we will use this new power for Sepa to compel people to attend at a Sepa office and provide a witness statement if necessary, and that we will take further action if required.”

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WRAP finance chief to retire

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jonathan lea wrap

After six years as WRAP’s chief financial officer (CFO), Jonathan Lea (pictured), will retire at the end of the year. 

Chief executive Dr Liz Goodwin said: “I am very grateful to Jonathan for all he has done whilst at WRAP. He has been far more than a standard CFO, having contributed significantly to the development of the organisation and its strategy over the years.”

Chair Julie Hill added: “Jonathan has been a hugely supportive CFO, and I wish him the very best for his retirement.”

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Eighth of UK residents fly-tip

One in eight UK residents have admitted to illegally dumping their unwanted waste, according to a poll by an online furniture retailer.

Furniture Choice found 13% of respondents to an independent survey of 1,019 UK residents admitted to fly-tipping.

It found that 28% of those who admitted to fly-tipping don’t realise they are actually breaking the law.

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Safety award for Hadfields

Hadfield Wood Recyclers has been awarded a RoSPA Gold Award for Health and Safety.

The company, which in 2015 celebrated its 35th anniversary, will be presented with the award at a ceremony in Birmingham in July.

The annual awards are run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. This year is its 60th year of presenting accolades to businesses and organisations which have shown commitment to accident and ill-health prevention.

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Plastics ‘in limbo’ over India ruling

Delegates at the Berlin convention of the Bureau of International Recycling were told that the market was “in limbo” following a decision by India to ban plastic scrap imports.

Plastics committee chairman Surendra Patawari Borad said he hoped that India would reconsider its decision to place plastics scrap in the hazardous goods category. Borad said news of the ban was published in early April but the regulations were not enforced until late May.

“All goods which were loaded before 4 April are being customs-cleared,” he said. “Goods which were loaded after 4 April can be unloaded but the importers cannot process them until further instructions are given.”

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New wagons from old

Freightliner Greenbrier recycled wagon

Freightliner Greenbrier recycled wagon

Freightliner has become the first UK rail operator to commission new box wagons to European standards using materials recycled from redundant coal hoppers.

The bogies - framework carrying wheels attached to the wagon - and some of the braking equipment from the hoppers were found to be compatible with an existing design of wagon that Greenbrier Europe had previously produced for Freightliner.

Freightliner Maintenance began the recovery and modification of the bogies in York before they were sent to Greenbrier Europe in Poland to complete production of the wagons. The first 23 have now arrived back in the UK.

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Contracts for Cromwell

Cromwell Polythene has been appointed an approved supplier to two Scottish councils.

The Leeds-based provider of waste management solutions now has a range of products listed by the Highland Council Janitorial Supplies Framework Agreement, including refuse and recycling sacks, bin liners, rubble sacks, compostable bags and clinical waste sacks.

The company has also won a contract with Fife Council, via the Scotland Excel Framework, supplying compostable bags for commercial food waste.

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Fine for worker’s injury

London-based Roberts Metal Packaging has been fined  £7,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,520 after a worker trapped his hand in a power press and lost two fingers.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee suffered severe damage to his left hand after getting his hand trapped underneath the punch on a mechanical power-press.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company, which admitted breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, had failed to prevent access to this dangerous part of the machinery.

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WRAP videos on compost

WRAP has released a new video on the Benefits of Compost in Agriculture to help farmers understand the benefits of using compost as a renewable fertiliser.

It provides a general overview and highlights the long term benefits to the farmer - in terms of better yields and protecting soil structure and health.

It is the third video: the video Using digestate as a renewable biofertiliser was published in 2014; and the second, Digestate and understanding nitrogen, has an emphasis on scientific methodology. All can be found at

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New deal for AMCS

2000 alba

2000 alba

AMCS, has signed an agreement to implement its fleet planner and mobile products across Alba Group’s fleet in Germany, pictured, replacing existing manual systems.

The solution will include operations software, mobile devices for drivers and on-board hardware for more than 600 vehicles.

Optimising its skip vehicle routes, will enable Alba to cut emissions, mileage and driving time and increase the productivity of the fleet.

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Triple deal for new baler

godswill gb1175 csss

godswill gb1175 csss

Whitham Mills has won an order from Steward Recycling to deliver a Godswill GB1175CSSS close-end automatic baling press to processing magazines and books.

The £30,000 baler is the third that the Todmorden-based manufacturer has supplied to the company which has operated in East Anglia for 40 years.

Richard Steward, MD of Steward Recycling, said: “Baling books and magazines was proving difficult for our existing machinery. Whitham Mill’s closed end baler has solved this problem and the company’s after-sales support and reliability is refreshing in today’s industry.”

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Two new directors



Ellgia Recycling, which has customers in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, has appointed two board members, technical director Cameron Murdoch and operations director Jack Lavington.

Murdoch has more than 25 years’ operational and consulting experience as a process engineer, technical expert, management consultant and has worked for the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Environmental Facility and the BBC.

Lavington has had a 25-year career within the waste management and environmental sector and joins from Certas Energy, where he was director of operations for England and Wales. 


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