Business in Brief - 26/03/2021

Andigestion signs contract to convert Gloucestershire’s food waste into energy

Gloucestershire-based food waste recycler Andigestion has received a contract to process approximately 24,000 tonnes of household food waste per year.

Gloucestershire City Council has given Andigestion’s Bishops Cleeve site the go-ahead to use food waste gathered through kerbside collections to produce 31,000,000 kWh of energy per year.

Andigestion Bishops Cleeve SiteFrom October at the Bishop’s Cleeve site, any food waste will be separated from packaging and placed under specific temperature and operational conditions, where anaerobic bacteria will ‘digest’ the waste, and exude methane gas which will be used to produce electricity in order to generate power for the site.

Alternatively, the gas will go to the biomethane plant to produce biomethane, to then be put into the local gas mains.

The surplus digestate is rich in nitrogen, phosphate and potassium, and will be used as liquid biofertiliser by farmers in the local area to improve yield.

Andigestion’s Operations Director Mike Lowe commented: “We’re delighted that we will be working with the county council to recycle the county’s food waste; not only is anaerobic digestion a much more sustainable practice than sending it to landfill, but it has the added benefit of creating renewable energy for use in our homes.”

Cllr Nigel Moor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning at Gloucestershire County Council said: “Anaerobic digestion is the best way to treat Gloucestershire’s food waste – turning food scraps into green gas and electricity, and bio-fertiliser.  It’s a crucial part of our work to manage Gloucestershire’s waste safely and cleanly, whilst cutting carbon emissions.”

EMR’s Warrington community recycling project achieves Green Apple Award

Metal recycling company EMR and Warrington’s Golden Square Shopping Centre have been recognised by Green Apple Awards for their commitment to environmental best practice, due to their collaborative community recycling project.

The scheme encouraged local communities to make use of the metal collection bins located at the shopping centre in order to recycle metal household items such as cans, radiators, pots and pans, and copper piping.

Any proceeds from the waste metal were then donated to local schools, which could then enter a draw to win the cost of metal collected.

EMR and Golden Square Shopping Centre matched the value of metal raised by the winning school, Penketh Primary, which received a donation of £2,400 after collecting recycled metal worth £800.
Head Teacher at Penketh Primary School Rebecca Kayll said: “The Eco Team and our School Council will decide how the money will be spent to improve our eco-credentials, with one pupil stating an aim to make the school carbon neutral!”

Ian Sheppard, EMR’s Managing Director of Metal Recycling commented: “At EMR we care a great deal about the communities in which we operate and protect the environment for future generations, so it is an honour to be recognised for our commitment to both at this year’s Green Apple Awards.

“We will continue to strive towards achieving the carbon neutral standards we’ve committed to in ‘Our Decade of Action’, as well as educating younger generations on the importance of metal recycling.”

Biffa joins Science Based Targets initiative to reduce carbon footprint

Waste management company Biffa has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), with the objective of reaching net-zero emissions.

SBTi is a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Company, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The coalition provides a framework for companies in the private sector to establish science-based emissions reduction targets.

Biffa’s sustainability targets aim to cut down a further 50 per cent of direct emissions by 2030. It plans to do so by reducing its purchase of fossil-fuelled collection vehicles, quadrupling plastic recycling capability, and increasing route efficacy by 20 per cent.

So far in 2021, Biffa has taken steps to realise its sustainability strategy Resourceful, Responsible by investing in Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs) in Manchester, and increasing investment by £13 million for plastic recycling.

This investment will allow for the recycling of a further 14,000 tonnes of high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

Group sustainability manager Connie Turner said that Biffa ‘needs to go further and faster’ to reduce emissions.

Turner commented: “Tackling climate change is a key pillar of our sustainability strategy Resourceful, Responsible and by joining SBTi and embedding science based targets in the business we have the tools to make sure we can act quickly to reduce our carbon footprint.”