Business in Brief – 13/01/20

Enva acquires SAR Recycling

Recycling and resource recovery business Enva has announced the acquisition of Immingham-based battery recycling company SAR Recycling, one of the main UK lead acid battery recyclers.

Enva acquires SAR Recycling

Commenting on the acquisition, Simon Dick, Managing Director at Enva, said: “SAR’s capability is a logical extension for our specialist waste recovery business, particularly in the automotive and workshop sector. We are delighted with the acquisition and are looking forward to working closely with the SAR team to grow and develop the business especially as emerging battery chemistries become more prevalent.”

Arvydas Pocevicius, General Manager of SAR Recycling, added: “I and the rest of the SAR team are excited to join Enva. We are looking forward to continuing to provide a high-quality, consistent service and to supporting the Enva ethos of further developing our recovery processes and end markets.”

You can find information about Enva on the company’s website.

FEAD announces new leadership team

FEAD, the European Federation for Waste Management, has announced the appointment of a new leadership team.

FEAD President Peter Kurth and General Secretary Valérie Plainemaison
FEAD President Peter Kurth and General Secretary Valérie Plainemaison

Peter Kurth, President of FEAD’s German member BDE, will take on the role of FEAD President, while Valérie Plainemaison, former European representative of FEAD’s French member FNADE, has been appointed General Secretary of FEAD.

Kurth said: “I’m proud and honoured to become the new President of FEAD. This is an extremely ambitious challenge. Yet I am convinced that FEAD will be a solid, long-term partner for discussion with the EU legislator in this matter, bringing forward facts and figures that clearly illustrate market needs, and that explains how our industry treats and transforms waste into resource in an environmentally sound way.

“Building on the dialogue with the EU institutions undertaken by my predecessor, Jean-Marc Boursier, who will remain as Vice-President of FEAD, along with Cesare Spreadfico, I will tirelessly continue in his footsteps and advocate FEAD’s vision for a successful EU Green Deal. This is based on three robust pillars: a strong demand to boost recycling markets, using fair competition as the cornerstone for dynamic, efficient, affordable waste management, and a full recognition of the avoided CO2 emissions by the entire waste management chain.

“Key tools should include mandatory recycled content, green public procurement, adequate rules for exports within and outside the EU, eco-design, eco-labelling and the acknowledgement of avoided CO2 emissions through the whole recycling and recovery chain.”

For more information visit the FEAD website.

UK Container Maintenance wins YPO tender

Container repair and refurbishment company UK Container Maintenance (UKCM) has been awarded a four-year contract with procurement provider YPO, after scoring 98.5 out of 100 in YPO’s tender process.

UKCM's Richard Delooze and Emma Elston
UKCM's Richard Delooze and Emma Elston

YPO is the largest public-sector buying organisation, supplying products and services to a wide range of customers including schools, local authorities and charities. The organisation is 100 per cent publicly owned by 13 local authorities, with all profits returned to its public sector customers.

Emma Elston MBE, CEO of UKCM, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded onto the YPO framework and look forward to refurbishing containers for their customers, thereby adding value to their stock and ensuring they stay in the workplace longer.

“We tendered against a number of other specialists and were thrilled to see we scored so highly in the pitch process.”

Helen Wardman, Business Manager at YPO, said: “YPO is pleased to continue our working relationship with UKCM. The services they offer provide our customers with best value and ensure their containers continue to perform in use for as long as possible.”

You can find more information on the UKCM and YPO websites.

Bryson Recycling wins Conwy garden waste contract

Bryson Recycling has secured a five-year contract to deliver a garden waste collection service to households in Conwy.

Bryson Recycling wins Conwy garden waste contract
Pictured at Bryson Recycling, Mochdre are Cllr Greg Robbins Conwy County Borough Council and Vincent Thomas, Bryson Recycling

The contract, worth £3 million, will provide households with a fortnightly collection of garden waste from 30 March 2020. The service will cost £35 for 12 months – £1.35 per collection.
Vincent Thomas, General Manager at Bryson Recycling, said: “We are delighted to have won this contract. We already run two Recycling Centres in Conwy on behalf of the council and look forward to working with them on this new contract which will help residents recycle and also help the local environment.”

Cllr Greg Robbins, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation said: “We’re looking forward to working with Bryson on this new service. We know that residents value having their garden waste collected and we’re pleased we can continue this at a reasonable cost for those who want it.”

Local residents are invited to sign up to the new service on the Bryson Recycling website.

OPRL appoints new non-executive directors

Three new non-executive directors (NED) have been appointed to the Board of the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) Ltd.

The new appointees are Suzanne Hudson, who brings expertise in HR, Veolia’s Richard Kirkman and John Winter, a former senior consultant in IT and data systems design.

Jane Bevis, Chair of OPRL, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our new colleagues to the Board, bringing both new skills and experience and fresh perspectives to our strategic discussions. My thanks go to fellow Board member Phillip Ward for leading this important recruitment and finding such excellent candidates.

“All our NEDS are required to take an independent stance and that can bring its challenges but is also vastly rewarding. I’m really looking forward to working with Suzanne, Richard and John, each of whom brings a unique set of skills identified as critical to our future development as a company.

“As a small company we are very reliant on the generous contributions of time and skills of our Board directors and benefit greatly from our existing committed colleagues. These appointments, together with our growing team at Banbury, mean we start 2020 ready to take the next steps to becoming ‘match fit for mandatory’.”

Suzanne Hudson commented: “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to join a Board where my skills can make a real difference. OPRL’s work to promote easier and better recycling really speaks to my passion for the environment. I’m excited to be helping shape the organisation at this critical stage of its development.”

Richard Kirkman added: “Coming with a long involvement in the waste sector it’s really encouraging that the whole value chain is now coming together to overcome the barriers to creating a true circular economy for packaging. I’m delighted to be able to contribute to OPRL’s development of the labelling scheme and growing range of tools that really reflect UK recycling capabilities and challenge us all to do better.”

John Winter said: “So many companies underestimate the potential of the data they hold and how they can add value to the services they offer. I’m delighted to be able to offer insights gained in other sectors and support OPRL as it works to give new and improved services to its members. These could be game changers for the sector in an increasingly complex regulatory environment.”

For more information visit the OPRL website.