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Bryson Recycling and Straight, Palm Recycling and Renewable Solutions

Bryson Recycling is launching a trial of Wheelie Box stacked containers in a move it calls “the future of household recycling” that will help residents recycle more.

The new Wheelie Box recycling containers, developed with manufacturer Straight, will be distributed across almost 5,000 households in the Northern Ireland this year - 850 in Castlereagh and over 4,000 in Newtownabbey. They are designed to allow residents to recycle a wider variety of materials while ensuring their quality.

Castlereagh Borough Council, which currently recycles over 40% from households, will be the first area in Northern Ireland, and just the second in the UK, to trial the new innovative approach to recycling.

Councillor Myreve Chambers, Chair of the Castlereagh Borough Council’s Technical & Environmental Services Committee said: “We have been providing kerbside recycling services for over 10 years and are delighted to be at the forefront of this exciting development which will enable residents to recycle even more on a weekly basis.”

Eric Randall, Director of Bryson Recycling said: “The Wheelie Box provides extra room for recycling, it is sturdy enough not to be blown over in the wind, has a hinged lid and it is on wheels so it is easy to move. [It] has also allowed us to extend the range of items that we can collect from households for recycling, especially cartons and plastics which householders have been keen to recycle for many years.”

Jonathan Straight, Chief Executive of Straight added: “We have been working for Bryson for a number of years on this project and is it a delight to see it come to fruition with units now being delivered. This is a complicated product which has given us a number of challenges. We have risen to all of them and the early results are very positive indeed.”

Palm Recycling has put in place bright orange bring banks at its 100th Sainsbury’s store – Watchmoor Park in Camberley, Surrey. The move is part of a nationwide roll-out programme of the bring banks, in a contract Palm Recycling has to makeover and manage the bring bank recycling facilities for the retailer. This will ultimately see over 300 stores across the UK receiving the same treatment.

The familiar orange 3.2 cu m Schaefer container banks are proving to be a success. Paul Crewe, Sainsbury’s Head of Engineering, Sustainability, Energy and Environment said: “Where we’ve introduced the new recycling centres we’ve seen measurable increases in the amount of materials being recycled. Customer feedback about the new centres has been very positive, particularly that a wider range of items can now be recycled.”

The new bring bank service provides standardised recycling containers for mixed paper and card, mixed glass, mixed plastics, mixed cans, textiles and small WEEE designed to complement any kerbside recycling collection schemes in the local store locations.

A green energy company is targeting commercial customers after opening for business in Northern Ireland. Renewable Solutions is looking to work with businesses and organisations keen to become more energy efficient and reduce their energy costs.

The company opened an office in Belfast last year and has since provided domestic customers with a range of renewable energy solutions including solar PV, heat pumps, solar thermal, heat pumps and biomass.

Head of Commercial David Hunt is now targeting business owners. He said: “During the past year, Renewable Solutions has undertaken more than 600 installations as a business across both domestic and commercial customers and the Northern Ireland operation has provided a number of these projects. Our customers have seen dramatic reductions in their carbon emissions along with significant cuts to their energy bills.”

With funding opportunities available to businesses to put in place green energy strategies, such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and commercial grants of up to £3,000 available through Action Renewables’ partnership with Electric Ireland, the company hopes more businesses will see the potential benefits.

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