Business in Brief - 08/02/2021

Recolight aims to become carbon neutral by 2030

Recycling compliance scheme Recolight has set a target to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. The target will cover all of Recolight’s operations, including the material carbon costs of transporting WEEE from collection point to recycler.

Recolight aims to become carbon neutral by 2030Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey commented: “As a recycling compliance scheme, Recolight is already committed to limiting the environmental impact of the services we provide.  But now we want to go much further. 

“Although recycling activities are undoubtedly beneficial for the environment, they still come with a carbon cost. We want to change that.”

Recolight provides Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) compliance and recycling for all WEEE lighting.

To support the industry in working towards net-zero carbon emissions, Recolight plans to make £50,000 available. This is intended to help companies establish zero-carbon or low-carbon collections or recycling of waste lamps.

The company has also announced that in its next tender for transport services and treatment services, due at the end of this year, 25 per cent of the evaluation points will be awarded for robust plans and actions towards achieving net zero.

Harvey added: “This is not going to be easy. But we are determined to make it happen.”

“Wherever possible, we will avoid carbon offsets and similar creative carbon accounting.  We need a root and branch change of the way we operate. That will probably only be possible if others in the WEEE and recycling industries also play their parts.”

Waste prevention fund available to Liverpool City community groups

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community fund have announced a share of £165,000 is up for grabs to community groups in the Liverpool City Region.

The funding will be available for community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations that can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions.

The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1,000 and £8,000 for projects that work solely at one local authority level.

Bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture.

An analysis of waste in the region highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living.

“Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away”

Successful projects should receive the funding by mid-May 2021 and will have 10 months to deliver their scheme by 31 March 2022.

BMRA to support #RecyclingHeroes for Global Recycling day

The British Metals Recycling Association (BRMA) has announced its support for the Global Recycling Foundation’s search for #RecyclingHeroes in celebration of Global Recycling Day.

Global Recycling Day will profile #RecyclingHeroes from around the world and aim to celebrate the fact that recycling was recognised as an essential industry throughout the pandemic.

#RecyclingHeroes will look to recognise both known and unknown heroes across the world.

Heroes can be individuals or businesses, members of the public or world leaders, councils or communities in villages, towns and cities and will be showcased in the run up to Global Recycling Day on the Global Recycling Foundation’s social media channels.

James Kelly, CEO of the BMRA, said: “Throughout this pandemic, recycling heroes have kept the waste industry moving while achieving real environmental gains.

From individuals who go above and beyond to ensure discarded metals are recycled to Government ministers who agreed that we are an essential industry, all should be celebrated.

“I am pleased to support Global Recycling Day and its ambitions to recognise, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving primary resources and promoting the greater use of secondary resources such as scrap metal.”

Global Recycling day is set to take place on 18 March 2021.