Business in Brief - 24/05/2021

The Princess Royal visits Veolia’s Southwark facility

The Princess Royal visited Veolia’s Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) in Southwark, London last week (19 May), following Veolia’s win of the Princess Royal Training award in 2019.

Princess Anne visit Veolia SouthwarkGavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President Veolia UK and Ireland said: “Veolia were incredibly proud to have received this award, which recognises its commitment to our people and their safety.

“After a year in which essential services have been relied upon, this visit from The Princess Royal is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and thank key workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the last twelve months.”

The Princess Royal greeted school children learning about the recycling process on site, before undertaking a tour of the facility with Veolia Southwark’s General Manager, Julie Angulo and Kirstie Donnelly, Chief Executive Office of City & Guilds Group.

The engagement concluded with The Princess Royal greeting Veolia employees who have worked on the front line as key workers throughout the pandemic.
Veolia added that representatives from Veolia Southwark’s team were thanked for their contributions by the Princess Royal.

Cllr Catherine Rose, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Environment and Roads Southwark Council said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the unsung heroes of this past year.

“We join people from across our borough who thanked their local waste collection teams with notes, pictures and gifts, and applaud the outstanding service that collections staff continued to deliver, in the most challenging of circumstances.”

“We also commend Veolia, for supporting their staff to stay Covid secure throughout the pandemic and for their programme of training and development opportunities.”

Recycling Technologies appoints new Non-Executive Director 

Recycling Technologies has announced it has appointed Alice Cummings as its new Non-Executive Director.

The company said Cummings has over 30 years’ accountancy and risk management leadership experience and will also become Chair of the Audit and Risk committee.

Cummings has previously held a number of senior accountancy and financial roles in corporations such as South West Water and AEA Technology.

Some of her senior roles today include Non-Executive Director at aim-listed Idox Plc, and Non-Executive Director at South Staffordshire Water Plc.

Commenting on the appointment, Cummings said: “Recycling Technologies is an exciting company playing an important role to make plastics sustainable.  I am delighted to join as a Non-Executive Director at this important time in the company’s growth and commercialisation phase.”

Gary Bullard, Chairman, Recycling Technologies comments: “We are very pleased to have Alice join as a new Non-Executive Director.

“Her business, accounting, financial and risk management expertise will prove invaluable in the development of Recycling Technologies as we forge ahead with our plans for 2021 and beyond.”

Adrian Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Recycling Technologies said, “Alice has a broad range of important experience and expertise in business, risk management and accounting to help develop, manage and grow our business. 

“I look forward to working with her and the other Directors of the business to make plastic a sustainable and valuable material.”

Manchester Climate Change Partnership launches In Our Nature programme

The Manchester Climate Change Partnership has announced the launch of a new zero carbon programme, In Our Nature.

In Our Nature has been designed to work with community groups, young people and businesses to help Manchester reach its targets of reducing carbon by 50 per cent until 2025 and becoming a zero carbon city by 2038.

It includes projects that the Manchester Climate Change Partnership say can be replicated by communities to create zero carbon neighbourhoods, such as the use of community fridges, the creation of tiny forests and projects that look to increase nature in urban areas.

The programme is a partnership between the Manchester Climate Change Agency and Partnership, Manchester City Council, Hubbub, Amity, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research and Commonplace.

The first phase of the programme will run until May 2022 and has been funded by National Lottery and supported by a coalition of funding partners.

Manchester Climate Change Partnership will outline some of the climate change initiatives in a report that will be presented to the Environment and Climate Change Scrutiny Committee of Manchester City Council on May 27.

Mike Wilton, Chair of Manchester Climate Change Partnership said: “Manchester has made great strides in recent years through strong partnership working to address the worst effects of climate change.

“Now is the time to go further, working with a wider group of partners across the city to continue on the path to become a Zero Carbon city by 2038. Doing this will bring real opportunities for new jobs, growing businesses, improved housing and health for everyone in Manchester.”

Executive Member for Environment for Manchester City Council, Councillor Tracey Rawlins, added: “I'm honoured to be taking on this portfolio at this key time in the battle against climate change.

“I know this is an issue that many Manchester people and businesses are passionate about and hope these new initiatives will help them in our collective goal of leading the city towards a zero carbon future."

Scottish beach clean set for World Ocean Day

A beach clean which is aiming to clean up the 87 mile stretch of coastline between Edinburgh and Berwick-upon-Tweed has been arranged for the first weekend of June to coincide with World Ocean Day.

The project has been set up by Tommy Dale from Caledonian Horticulture and has received support from local waste awareness organisation Lil and boat tour company Blue Wild.

The initiative is now looking for people from across East Lothian, Edinburgh and the Borders to assist with the clean.

Volunteers can get involved anytime between Saturday 5 June, which is World Environment Day and Tuesday 8 June, which is World Ocean Day.

Caledonian Horticulture has said it will provide sacks for volunteers to use on the beaches which they will then collect, sort and weigh before being recycled.

Some litter that is collected will be recycled into Ocean Plastic Pots, with other parts given to local artists to create a marine litter installation that will be displayed at Fringe by the Sea in August in North Berwick.

Commenting on the initiative, Tommy said: “We are aware there are many wonderful groups that have already ‘adopted’ certain stretches of the coast and clean them regularly.

“Our idea is to help highlight their work and fill in the gaps to clean the whole coast. Community groups are taking charge of their area of coastline and coordinating volunteers over the four days.”

Lil’s Sarah Brondson added: “We want this to be a fun weekend that also highlights the very real problem of ocean litter, of which only a fraction ends up on our coastline.

“We hope it raises awareness about turning litter off at the tap, showcases the existing network of community groups, and hopefully introduces some new folk to litter picking. It doesn’t have to be a regular thing, just take a bag and gloves on any walk.”