Business in Brief - 25/02/2021
Westminster City Council wins award for Waste Performance of the Year
Westminster City Council has won an award for Waste Performance of the Year at the Keep Britain Tidy Awards 2021 on the back of its food waste recycling trial.
The trial began in November 2019 in three areas of London, with the help of Veolia, the council’s recycling and waste partner.
At present, around 7,500 households are given a food waste recycling bag every week, though this may be expanded in the future.
Over the course of a year, Veolia has collected over 300 tonnes of food waste.
This waste is sent for processing at a plant in Hertfordshire where it is used to create biogas, which can be used to generate heat and electricity, and biofertilizer, which is used on farmland.
Councillor Melvyn Caplan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Management, said: “Around 30 per cent of everything we throw away is food waste.
“Collecting food waste is not a simple process in Westminster and so we are delighted with the progress that we have made.
“Recycling food waste not only helps us reduce our impact on the environment but allows councils to save money by using the waste to generate electricity.”
Helder Branco, Senior Contract Manager Veolia Westminster, said: “Our ongoing commitment is to deliver high quality sustainable waste management and street cleansing activities for Westminster residents, and to support the council’s fight against climate change through recycling.
“We will continue to play our vital role in the community, raising environmental awareness, encouraging sustainable waste behaviours, and offering the greenest and most innovative recycling and waste solutions.”
WEEE compliance scheme Recolight has launched a new circular economy webinar series for 2021.
Building on the events held in 2020, which explored topics from new regulations for lighting to extending the life of luminaires, the free webinar series will start on 30 March.
The first of the series, to take place on 30 March, is called Luminaire design: the circular economy regulations you need to know.
The second, called Return of the lamp: How the replaceable revolution will change lighting, will take place on 29 April.
Finally, How to go net zero: A lighting manufacturer’s guide to becoming carbon neutral will take place on 27 May.
Roy Molony said: “It’s vital that the industry continues this conversation if it’s to address its responsibility to the wider world.
“For too long the sector has been a rule-taker. These webinars are helping us come up with a strategy that’s built from the bottom up.”
Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey added: “I’m encouraged to see the lighting industry taking steps to become more sustainable. It is a given that we produce light sources that are very energy efficient.
“Moving beyond that and adopting circular economy principles in how we manufacture those products will soon be a must do, and not just an ought to do.”
Vehicle Weighing Solutions expand Chesterfield site
Vehicle Weighing Solutions has announced an expansion of its premises with a new production facility being added to their Chesterfield site.
The new building will be an extension of its Chesterfield operation where VWS manufacture, install and service their vehicle weighing, bin weighing and overload protection systems.
VWS has said the expansion comes as result of growing customer demand and will allow the weighing specialists to completely control their supply chain.
The groundworks for the 14,000 sq ft facility has already commenced with the completion date set for August 2021.
“The strategic decision to expand our operations in Chesterfield will position VWS to meet customer demand, particularly considering the large number of recent orders that we have received," said CEO Julian Glasspole.
"In addition, our existing operations have been a consistent leader in the development and implementation of vehicle weighing systems, resulting in a reputation for quality and manufacturing excellence within the weighing industry."
DS Smith announces new business development lead
Packaging company DS Smith has shared the appointment of James Kenward as Business Development Lead for Recycling in the UK.
He will be reporting to Dan Prosser, UK Business Development and Fibre Procurement Director, and will be in charge of sourcing fibre for DS Smith’s recycling operations across the UK.
James has worked for over 10 years in the sector, having spent four years as a Commercial Manager at DS Smith where he concentrated on sharing recycling solutions with the print industry.
He featured on Letsrecycle’s 35-under-35 awards programme, making the shortlist in 2019 and is also a fully chartered waste manager.
Commenting on his new role, James Kenward said: “I am excited to join the Business Development team at a time when recycling has never been so high up on the agenda for both consumers and organisations.
“I look forward to working with business and local authorities to drive circular economy principles.”
In September, the company embarked on its new sustainability vision and strategy, ‘Now and Next’, which details DS Smith’s commitments and goals for the next 10 years.
The strategy is a two-phased approach that will focus on the company’s transition to a circular economy by collaborating with customers, communities, governments and influencers to keep materials in use, design out waste and regenerate natural systems.