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News in brief 01/12/17

Jobs restored at Gelpack after Visionscape acquisition

Vision Gelpack, a UK-based manufacturer of polyethylene films, liners and sacks for the local authority, waste management, janitorial, clinical and medical and other industrial sectors, has resumed production at its Hereford plant following the acquisition of the assets of Gelpack Excelsior by Visionscape Group.

News in brief 01/12/17
Under the leadership of Managing Director Geoff Davis and former members of the UK management team, around 50 jobs have already been reinstated, with a further 20 positions planned by mid-2018. Six production lines have been re-commissioned to cope with initial orders, with another six lines scheduled for a January start.

"I am especially delighted that we have been able to restore production and employment at our Grandstand Road plant so quickly," said Davis. "I am also excited by the many new opportunities that the Visionscape Group represents, with its global closed loop philosophy, which ensures that the recovery opportunities for each product are fully maximized."

Visionscape is a global environmental utility group providing solutions for sanitation, energy and wastewater treatment. The company says it is focused on emerging markets in waste management processes, ‘utilising cutting-edge technology and tools to address the waste management needs of megacities’.

More information can be found at Vision Gelpack’s website.


Veolia relaunches £50,000 Recycling Fund for London

Waste services firm Veolia has opened up a new wave of applications for its Recycling Fund for Communities after it donated £12,000 to community projects in the months following its January launch.

The fund, run by Veolia London, offers up to £1,000 to community initiatives in the area that promote reuse, waste reduction or recycling.

Among the projects that have already benefitted are Lambeth’s Tritton Vale Pocket Garden, which built a rainwater harvesting system using recycled materials using the funding; the Recycle, Repair and Renew Project in Tower Hamlets, which has used £1,000 to organise workshops to upskill the local community in repairing and reusing their clothes; and St Raphael’s Edible Garden in Brent, which has transformed a rundown fly-tipping site in one of the borough’s most deprived neighbourhoods into an edible garden with a wildlife pond.

Projects can upload their applications until 28 February 2018 at Spacehive.com.

More information can be found on Veolia’s website.


Novamont doubles ORIGO-BI biopolyester production

Bioplastics producer Novamont has announced that it will double production of its ORIGO-BI range of high-value polyesters from 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes per year in the coming months, as well as achieving a higher content of renewable raw materials.

The products, made by Novamont’s subsidiary Mater-Biopolymer, contain high content of renewable raw materials based on biomonomers. Following the acquisition of the entirety of Mater-Biopolymer from the Mossi & Ghisolfi group in 2016, Novamont has been working to redevelop its plant in Patrica near Rome, doubling capacity and improve the technical, economic and environmental properties of MATER-Bi biodegradable and compostable bioplastics. The expansion will be completed in the first quarter of 2018.

Novamont’s Managing Director Catia Bastioli said: “Doubling the production capacity of the Patrica plant is a further step towards building a bioplastic and biochemical supply chain integrating research, agriculture and industry and developing products that can deliver solutions to major environmental problems”.

Novamont has so far invested around €500 million (£440 million) in plants as part of its circular bioeconomy model as well as €200 million (£176 million) in research and development.

More information can be found on the Novamont website