Business in Brief 06/06/2019

NLWA to hold second market information day

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) will be holding a second market information day for the construction sector on 18 June 2019.

An artist's impression of the Edmonton EcoPark.
An artist's impression of the Edmonton EcoPark.
The NLWA, which is responsible for the management and disposal of waste collected by Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest, is holding the market information day for companies who want to be part of a project to deliver the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) at Edmonton EcoPark – a 16-hectare site in the Upper Lee Valley.

The components of the NHLPP will be:

  • An Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), to be located in the north of the site, which will treat up to 700,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste a year and provide enough energy to provide heat and power for up to 127,000 homes;
  • A Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), to be located in the south of the site, which is where bulky waste will be separated for recycling and will also be the location of a recycling centre for the public and businesses;
  • EcoPark House, located near the River Lee Navigation, which will contain office accommodation and a visitors’ centre where people can find out more about recycling, waste, heat and power; and
  • Demolition and removal of the existing energy-from-waste (EfW) facility, which is due to reach the end of its operational life around 2025.

The purpose of the market information day is to explain in greater detail NLWA’s proposals for the works for the Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), including the Reuse and Recycling Centre, and EcoPark House so that interested companies can engage as soon as practicable in the plans.

To express interest in attending, companies should register through the project website at While NLWA is primarily seeking to engage with main contractors, potential sub-contractors are welcome to submit their company details to [email protected] if they wish for NLWA to pass them on to main contractors.

You can find out more about the NLWA on the authority’s website.


Casepak adds Aylesbury Vale to local authority portfolio

Recycling company Casepak has been awarded a contract by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) to process co-mingled recyclables collected from households across the region. 

The contract, which was awarded in September 2018, will see Casepak process up to 18,000 tonnes of dry, mixed recyclables collected from 78,000 households across the Aylesbury Vale. 

The material from kerbside collections, which includes paper, card, glass and plastic, will be sent to Casepak’s state-of-the-art materials recycling facility (MRF) in Leicester, which has a 165,000-tonne annual capacity and recovers 95 per cent of material processed. Once processed, the recovered materials will be despatched to reprocessors, to be refined before being made into new products. 

Councillor Sir Beville Stanier, AVDC Cabinet Member for Waste and Licensing, said: “Casepak has made a positive first impression on AVDC in these early stages of our new contract. We hope that we can continue to build a great relationship going forward.”

Georgina Cullen, Casepak’s Business Development Director, added: “We are delighted to be working with Aylesbury Vale District Council. At present, the council's recycling rate stands at 57 per cent, and we are going to work with them very closely to boost this figure. We look forward to working with them to help educate residents about recycling best practice.” 

You can find out more about the work of Casepak on the company’s website.

Andusia signs clinical waste contract with Medisort

Andusia Hazchem Treatment, the new clinical waste trading department of Andusia Recovered Fuels Ltd, has announced it has signed its first clinical waste contract with Medisort Healthcare Waste Solutions.

Andusia announced its move into the hazardous waste market in December of last year, in addition to the RDF and SRF market, while also appointing Fraser Cutting as Hazardous Waste Manager at the beginning of 2019.

The company has now announced that it is to be the sole waste supplier to a new clinical waste treatment plant in Malvern, Worcestershire, from January 2020.

Operations at Medisort's facility in Malvern.
Operations at Medisort's facility in Malvern.
Medisort, formed in 2009, is an independent company specialising in small-volume, multi-site collection, treatment and disposal of healthcare waste. It manages clinical waste from all types of businesses, including NHS Trusts, care homes, beauty salons, dentists and vets across the South East.

Andusia and Medisort have formed a partnership in order to supply at least 500 tonnes of clinical waste for energy recovery at high temperature.

Commenting on the contract, Cutting said: “We are very pleased to be joining forces with Medisort. Having entered into the hazardous waste market this year, this is our first clinical waste contract, of many I am sure! We can’t wait to work alongside such a like-minded and experienced business going forward.”

You can find out more about Andusia on the company’s website.

Clarity Environmental announces packaging compliance scheme growth

Compliance scheme operator Clarity Environmental has seen a 43 per cent growth in its packaging compliance member base, following the published 2019 public register of producers on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD).

Now in its tenth year, Clarity Environmental’s ‘Comply with Clarity’ packaging compliance scheme has more than doubled in size since 2017. New members choosing to appoint the business to look after their packaging recycling obligations for the 2019 compliance year include Amazon, Volkswagen Group UK, Mercedes and Tilda, whilst the team is delighted to have also retained 99 per cent of its members from the previous year.

Clarity Environmental says the growth of its compliance scheme in recent years is enabling the business to provide additional support to its members during challenging times for the sector. Packaging Compliance Scheme Manager, Martin Trigg-Knight, said: "The cost of compliance over the last 12 months has risen, and with so many legislative changes on the horizon, there is an expectation that all businesses obligated under the packaging regulations will continue to see further and significant increases to the costs of their compliance.

“We fully understand the difficulties facing producers and we are committed to supporting our members through the challenges ahead. This growth of our scheme ensures our members can access a range of additional benefits and services that can help to keep the costs of packaging compliance as low as possible. It also allows us to continue increasing our resources, enabling us to retain the dedicated service we provide our members even as we grow.”

You can find out more about Clarity and its ‘Comply with Clarity’ scheme on the organisation’s website.

Lorax Compliance acquires US-based consultancy EPI

UK-based environmental reporting specialist Lorax Compliance has acquired Environmental Packaging International (EPI), a US consultancy that specialises in environmental compliance, product stewardship and sustainability goals reporting.

The two companies will now work together to provide a wider global service offering, combining Lorax’s strengths in compliance data and technology with EPI’s expertise in custom research, metrics tracking and sustainable design consultancy.

Of the acquisition, Lorax Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Michelle Carvell said: “Since Lorax was founded five years ago, the company has gone from strength-to-strength. Our acquisition of EPI provides the perfect opportunity to combine our expertise and capabilities with a company that shares our principles and moves us forward together to provide diverse EPR support services to businesses around the world.”
Although EPI and Lorax will continue to operate under their own brand names, founders Carver and David Markham, Lorax Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, will lead both the UK and US teams to integrate all services across both businesses.

Founded by Victor Bell in 1998, EPI is based in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and uses its expertise in packaging and product stewardship to provide high-quality consulting services that advance sustainability. Bell is a certified packaging professional with more than 25 years of experience in environmental issues associated with packaging and products. He will now remain in his post as US Managing Director until the end of 2021 to ensure his expertise is imparted across the whole company.

Carver added: “Victor and his team bring vast experience in packaging analysis, design and consultancy to our complete service offering. With environmental obligations becoming ever costlier and more complex, it’s important that we help customers remain compliant in both their reporting and their design, regardless of the country in which they operate. Our greater global presence through EPI will be fundamental to achieving this.

You can find out more about Lorax on the company’s website