News in brief 13/05/16
bio-bean launches crowdfunding campaign for new Coffee Logs product
Coffee Logs, biomass briquettes made from waste coffee grounds, will be manufactured at bio-bean’s Cambridgeshire recycling facility and can, the company says, be used in a wide range of different appliances.
Bio-bean works with coffee shops, office blocks, transport hubs, instant coffee factories, roasteries and waste management companies in the UK to collect up to 50,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds a year and recycle them into a range of biofuel products.
The company has created a crowdfunding campaign through the Virgin #VOOM competition to help launch the product. Running until 23 May, a £20,000 target has been set for the campaign, of which over £13,500 has already been raised. Rewards for backing the campaign include preorders of Coffee Logs, an ebooklet with coffeeinspired recipes, VIP tickets to a range of events, and a behindthescenes tour of biobean’s coffee waste recycling factory.
bio-bean’s Founder and CEO, Arthur Kay, said: “For a lot of people coffee is what powers them through the day. Now, we want to get our buildings and BBQs fuelled sustainably. Starting at home, biobean Coffee Logs allow everyone to do that – your morning cup of coffee can heat your home, power your stove and even your BBQ.”
Veolia has joined American energy firm Convanta to develop a large, controversial incinerator at Rookery South Pit in Bedfordshire.
First approved in 2011, the facility was challenged by a number of parties, including FCC Environment. The competing firm unsuccessfully appealed the Development Consent Order given to the development in 2013 due to its status as ‘nationally important infrastructure’.
The facility will require up to 480,000 municipal and commercial residual waste from the region. The companies say the facility will generate over 50MW of electricity, enough to power up to 65,000 homes, and create around 40 permanent roles including apprenticeships. The facility will be capable of generating combined heat and power, should a local heat network be set up, though in practice, this has rarely happened in the UK. Construction is expected to begin next year, with a planned operation date of 2020.
The Friends of Glass group has launched a campaign to teach shoppers about the ‘Endless Lives of Glass’. Celebrities across Europe have joined the campaign to act as bottles and converse with shoppers about the ‘unique environmental assets’ of glass.
The ‘Endless Lives of Glass’ campaign is part of a three-year project to showcase the benefits of glass. Created by FEVE, the European container glass federation, Friends of Glass started in 2008 as an awareness campaign for glass packaging.
Actress Sally Phillips took part in the UK campaign, with others creating videos for France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain. In the videos, shoppers are surprised by a talking bottle, which describes how it can be recycled, reshaped and redesigned into brand new bottles and jars.