Business in Brief – 07/01/20

Viridor signs 40,000-tonne energy recovery contract with phs Group

Viridor will provide an energy recovery solution for 40,000 tonnes of non-recyclable material as part of a new five-year contract between Viridor and phs Group.

Viridor Commercial Director Paul Ringham (Left) and phs Group CEO David Taylor-Smith
Viridor Commercial Director Paul Ringham (Left) and phs Group CEO David Taylor-Smith

The multi-million-pound contract is expected to play a key role in helping phs Group achieve its aim of diverting 95 per cent of its 65,000 tonnes of hygiene waste from landfill.

Paul Ringham, Viridor’s Commercial Director, said: “Viridor’s fleet of energy recovery facilities across the UK provided the sustainable waste management strategy phs was looking for. A key part of Viridor’s relationship with phs is the emphasis on attaching a purpose to waste which cannot be recycled, putting this residual waste to work in a process which creates low carbon electricity and contributes to UK energy security. This is an ambition shared by phs which, like Viridor, views all waste as a resource and not rubbish.”

David Taylor-Smith, CEO of phs Group, said: “Organisations need to be questioning whether they should leave a burden of more than 500 years for every bag of washroom waste they dispose of. Through phs’ LifeCycle strategy, organisations will significantly reduce their impact upon the planet by landfill diversion and energy creation, transforming this burden into a legacy.

“phs’ company ethos is all about doing the right thing; LifeCycle is the right thing both for the environment and for our customers.”

You can find out more about Viridor and phs on the companies’ websites.

B&M Waste acquires Ian Wilcox Recycling

B&M Waste has acquired family-run waste management company Ian Wilcox Recycling – the company’s second acquisition in the West Midlands area over the past year, following the acquisition of AWS Recycling’s trade rounds.

B&M Waste has acquired Ian Wilcox Recycling
B&M Waste has acquired Ian Wilcox Recycling

As part of the new deal, the three members of staff at Ian Wilcox Recycling will join the larger team of 30 staff at B&M Waste’s depot, working with businesses across Birmingham, Coventry, Walsall, Dudley and Wolverhampton.

Ian Wilcox commented: “Having an ethos of customer service ourselves we felt a natural home for our customers and staff would be in the B&M family. We are impressed by the new weighing vehicles B&M Waste have invested in ready for the planned July 2020 city vehicle emission limits.”

Mike Ashall, Director at B&M Waste Services, said: “This acquisition further strengthens our capabilities in the West Midlands, which we’re immensely proud of. We look forward to working with our new customers building on the separate food, cardboard, glass, general waste and secure shredding collection services.”

B&M Waste offers a free waste audit, which can be requested on the company’s website.

DMG waste-to-hydrogen plant secures £1.25 million grant

PowerHouse Energy (PHE) Group has announced that £1.25 million in funding has been granted to Waste2Tricity (W2T) for its Distributed Modular Gasification (DMG) waste-to-hydrogen facility at its Protos Energy Park near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

The grant has been secured following a successful application to the £4.1-million Energy Fund competition run by Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and will be used to fund the purchase of a thermal conversion chamber. 

David Ryan, CEO of PHE, said: “We congratulate W2T and Peel on securing this award from Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, representing confidence in our DMG process as an important technology to deliver clean energy from unrecyclable waste plastic. Furthermore we are delighted and encouraged to be recognised as a component in the North West Region’s strategy to provide clean growth.”

Robert Mee DL, LEP Board Member and Chair of the Strategy Board said: “The LEP is clear in its ambition to be a leader in clean growth and developed the Energy Fund to support the sector in accelerating the pace and scale of innovation in energy technology and distribution. W2T’s application to the fund clearly made the case for the benefits of plastics recycling in the creation of hydrogen fuel, with their proposed £20-million plant in Ellesmere Port set to be a UK leader in this field.”

Tim Yeo, Chairman of W2T, said: “This grant offer recognises the importance of the PHE DMG technology and the impact it may have on assisting Cheshire and Warrington and potentially the country to the target of net-zero emissions – through the creation of hydrogen fuel from waste plastic. Cheshire and Warrington’s Energy and Clean Growth Strategy shows leadership in this area, one that the rest of the country should look forward to.”

More information on PowerHouse Energy can be found on the company’s website.

Neil O’Prey joins Re-Gen Waste Ltd

Neil O'Prey, Financial Director for Re-Gen Waste Ltd
Neil O'Prey, Financial Director for Re-Gen Waste Ltd

Neil O’Prey has been appointed Financial Director for Re-Gen Waste LTD, where he will take on responsibility for driving business improvement and growth.

O’Prey joins Re-Gen Waste following 17 years at PWC, where he advised executive committees of major businesses in the UK, US, South Africa and Ireland, on financial planning, change strategy, growth, productivity and cost efficiency.

For more information visit the Re-Gen Waste website.

Vanden Recycling opens Turkish office

Vanden Recycling has announced its latest office opening in Istanbul, opening up international markets for recycled resins in Turkey.

Trading as Vanden Polimer Geri Donusum A.S, the Turkish arm of Vanden Recycling will be led by Derya Eksi, who has 13 years of experience in the raw plastic material industry.

Eski commented: “Creating public consciousness is a top priority. There is a strong belief in Turkey that plastic strap is a waste material, when in reality it can be treated as a valuable raw material.”

Vanden Recycling CEO Damien van Leuven said: “Our goal in Turkey is to help the local plastic manufacturing market increase its use of recycled content. Vanden will provide access to international markets for recycled resins and products made in Turkey.”

You can find more information about Vanden Recycling on the company’s website.