News in Brief – 25/11/16
Croydon Council trials solar-powered bins
Croydon Council is trialling eight high-capacity solar-powered Bigbelly bins in the town centre that can hold up to eight times the capacity of standard street bins and let you know when they are full.
The added capacity is provided by an automatic solar-powered compactor inside the bin. The bins can operate for up to a month on eight hours sunlight and have an inbuilt function to send an e-mail alert when they need to be emptied.
Councillor Stuart Collins, cabinet member for Clean & Green Croydon, said: “It’s everyone’s responsibility to stop leaving rubbish on Croydon’s streets, and we’re trialling these smarter bins and widening our successful scheme to tackle shop-front fly-tipping to help more people do the right thing.”
The bins initiative, to be trialled on George Street in Croydon before being introduced in Croydon High Street for a new trial in the New Year, is part of the council’s ‘Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride’ campaign, which aims to crack down on fly-tipping and other environmental crimes in the borough.
Since July, the campaign has reduced rubbish being left outside storefronts by 70 tonnes through restricting the time of day businesses can leave their commercial waste out for private waste collectors, while 120 people have been prosecuted in court for waste crime since the campaign began back in summer 2014.
More information on Croydon Council’s ‘Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride’ campaign is available on the council’s website.
UK set to take leading role in global AD industry
The UK could play a key role in the global anaerobic digestion (AD) revolution, according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).
With the global AD industry currently worth US$19.5 billion (£15.7 billion), ADBA reports that significant improvements being made in AD efficiency and plant operation have the potential to stimulate exponential growth in the sector.
According to ADBA, this could lead to the production of green energy at a lower cost than coal, and see the industry play a critical role in the global response to some of the world’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, wastewater treatment and sanitation, waste recycling and food and energy security.
Given the UK’s strong research and development base and its maturing and expanding operational sector comprising of more than 540 AD plants, ADBA says the country is in a strong position to take a lead in the rapidly expanding industry.
ADBA’s Chief Executive, Charlotte Morton, said: “Improving the AD process – for example, by looking at ways to match the digestion efficiency being achieved in nature – is just one area of focus for our world-leading academic researchers. With a return to a more supportive policy environment, this could start to deliver the industry’s huge potential around the world. The UK has a golden opportunity to be a global leader in what has the potential to become a $1 trillion biogas industry, exporting expertise and equipment worth billions of pounds, and creating tens of thousands of jobs to replace those being lost in the fossil fuel industries.”
More information about ADBA is available on the organisation’s website.
New investment agenda to drive European paper industry’s 2050 vision
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) has earmarked a 40 per cent increase in investment in the industry to transform it into a leader of the low-carbon bioeconomy in Europe.
The industry’s new investment agenda to help achieve CEPI’s 2050 vision of a low-carbon, resource-efficient bioeconomy was unveiled at the 18th edition of European Paper Week by CEPI’s new Director General, Sylvain Lhôte, and its Chairman, Peter Oswald.
CEPI says that, by 2050, the additional €44 billion (£37.5 billion) of investment, 40 per cent more than current levels, will help to cut the industry’s carbon footprint by 80 per cent and create 50 per cent more added value, through investment in decarbonisation technologies and the development of the production of new bio-based products.
Lhôte, speaking at the High Level Session during European Paper Week, said: “Investment will be the cornerstone of making this industry transformation happen in Europe. We project the need for 40 per cent more investment to transform our industry base and seize new market opportunities. This can happen in Europe if we align European policies, our research efforts and financing conditions. Our agenda goes against the gloom prevailing in so many industries. For CEPI, getting the conditions right to invest more in Europe will be the priority.”
CEPI’s commitments build on its 2011 roadmap, and a 2016 review of which is now up for consultation from stakeholders, with the goals of tabling a revised roadmap in early 2017. An online version of the roadmap is a available on CEPI’s website.
Ward Recycling innovations to boost productivity
WRL Glass Media Ltd., part of the Teesside-based Ward Recycling Group, has introduced several new pieces of technology with the aim of boosting productivity at its South Bank site.
The investment has seen the installation of a secondary glass imploder, boosting the amount of glass media output by 30-40 per cent and reducing the labour-intensity and cost of production of products that the company hopes will lead it to be more competitive on international markets.
Gareth Godwin, manager at Ward Recycling, said: “Although this is a relatively small financial investment, the installation of the imploder is an innovative improvement to our systems which will deliver larger volumes of more cost-effective glass media products.
“Ward Recycling is an ambitious company which has significant growth aspirations. We will continue to develop and seek improvements at our site in the North East and export our unique products across the world.”
More information is available on the Ward Recycling Group website.