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Cromwell Polythene, JCB, Vaculug

Cromwell Polythene, supplier of recycling and waste management products, has sold more than 33 million Ecopond compostable bags in its first full year as UK distributor for the brand. 

Sales in November exceeded £250,000, boosted by the company’s appointment to two potentially lucrative frameworks – Scotland Excel and the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO), which are in addition to existing framework agreements with Braintree, Warrington and the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO).

New Ecopond contracts include an order for 25-litre sacks for Bury Council, for use in Bury’s new food waste recycling scheme for schools. This has been adopted by most of the borough’s 82 primary and secondary schools. The larger sacks are in addition to the council’s orders for Ecopond five-litre kitchen caddy liners, used in its domestic kerbside food waste recycling scheme, which already covers 73,000 households and is being rolled out to flats.

Bury recycling and waste awareness officer Talat Afzal said that the 25-litre sacks are a key factor in successful recycling in schools:  “Before we rolled out the programme we carried out an extensive pilot to determine the do’s and don’ts of recycling in the school environment.  The right size and type of liners were important factors, as was the micron level of the bags, which needed to be robust enough to withstand a busy catering kitchen environment.  The Ecopond sacks stood up to the trial very well.”

In addition to the 25-litre sacks in its school kitchens, five-litre bags are strategically sited throughout school premises to collect plate scrapings from the dining area, fruit waste from key stage one pupils, lunchbox waste from older pupils and food waste from the staff room.

Businesses could be missing out on up to £250,000 worth of tax relief as they are unaware of how much they are entitled to claim against newly-purchased machines, a survey carried out by JCB has revealed.

Out of a total of 250 businesses surveyed, only five knew they could claim back up to £250,000 through the Government’s Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) scheme.

Businesses investing in plant, machinery or commercial vehicles have been entitled to claim AIA since legislation was introduced in 2008. In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement of 2012, the AIA was raised from £25,000 to £250,000 – but only for a temporary period of two years starting from January 1, 2013.

Paul Jennings, managing director at JCB Finance said: “Businesses of all sizes are eligible for the AIA but many are simply missing out. For companies whose financial year ended in December 2013 the deadline to claim the first tranche of AIA has already disappeared. Unfortunately any unspent allowances can’t be carried forward so for some £250,000 in tax relief may already have been lost.

“The countdown has also begun for those companies with a 31 March 2014 year end, or unincorporated businesses with a tax year ending 5April 2014. That’s because after these dates the available AIA drops to £187,500 before finally reverting to £25,000 on 1st January 2015. Other companies with different financial year ends will have differing amounts remaining but all need to review their spending plans before it is too late.”

Containerlift, international container handling specialist, has selected Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres to provide a tyre and support service package for its UK and European Sidelifter sales and rental operation.

Dunmow, Essex-based Containerlift claims it is the only container handling company in the UK to provide a nationwide end-to-end pick up and placement service. Using bespoke Steelbro Sidelifter trailers, each equipped with twin, 18-tonne capacity cranes, the company works with a cross section of businesses which include longer term contracts such as recycling or waste disposal.

Richard Cleaver, Containerlift director said: “Our vehicles do a lot of miles and sometimes operate in quite adverse conditions: road, rail, sea ports, basically we go everywhere.  Therefore we not only need to rely on high performance tyres but also on a solid back up service to ensure maximum value and uninterrupted service to our customers. Vacu-Lug was able to satisfy both these requirements with a high quality and competitive package.”

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