Business in Brief - 27/01/2021

Carbon-free powder bin coating cuts carbon emissions by 15 tonnes

Following an announcement in December 2019 from Egbert Taylor that it will replace its wet paint processes with a carbon-free powder coating, the Worcestershire-based container manufacturer has estimated savings of 15 tonnes of carbon in the past year.

The move has prevented an estimated 600g of carbon per bin from being released into the atmosphere, which totals carbon savings of approximately 15 tonnes from December 2019 to December 2020.

The company also announced a revenue increase of 36 per cent in its refurbishment division since rolling out the carbon-free powder coating across its business operations.

Brendan Murphy, Chief Executive at Egbert Taylor, commented: “The initial motivation for rolling out powder coating stemmed from a desire to reduce the business’s carbon footprint and deliver a finish that was comparable to new bins, which we expected to appeal to local authorities.

“Whilst we knew that local authorities were being encouraged to procure more sustainably, we did not expect this aspect to be the prime reason for selecting our products.

“We’re delighted to have strengthened the business in parallel with producing a superior and more sustainable product.”

Local authorities throughout the UK, including Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, use Egbert Taylor to refurbish their bins.

Marc Stephenson, Service Manager at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, added: “It’s really important that we reduce the council’s environmental impact wherever possible.

“By having access to powder coated bins, we are now able to make even more sustainable choices when it comes to our waste collection provision.”

Reconomy wins recycling contract with student accommodation provider

Reconomy has been awarded a recycling contract with Cloud Student Homes to manage its waste and recycling services across eight UK locations.

Provider of outsourced resource management and recycling services Reconomy has introduced additional recycling bins at the eight sites to reduce the amount of general waste going to landfill and recover resources.
As well as additional recycling bins, clearer signage and an engagement programme will be rolled out.

With this approach, Reconomy expects recycling rates at the Cloud Student Homes sites to increase by 25 per cent, from 35 per cent to around 60 per cent.

Steve Hatton, Head of Account Management at Reconomy, said: “It is fantastic to be supporting Cloud Student Homes with their waste management.

“When a process is carried out in-house it is often difficult to be aware of the latest ways of working so by outsourcing the service to a dedicated resource management provider, we can provide that ongoing monitoring of performance.

“I am delighted that our solution will realise immediate financial savings through efficiency gains while also further improving environmental performance and meeting sustainability goals.”

Luzmari Gonzalez from Cloud Student Homes said: “It is refreshing to know that our waste is now being managed by Reconomy who have a great deal of knowledge and experience.

“The support gained through outsourcing really gives us the reassurance we are getting good rates, good service whilst also saving on admin costs that would come from us doing it ourselves.

“Beyond the financial savings it is also exciting to be looking at ways to improve our environmental performance and getting our students involved too.”

ReWorked project to tackle angler waste on Brighton beaches
Recycling company ReWorked has begun a collaborative project with The Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme to help clean up the fishing and angler waste littering Brighton’s beach fronts.

The Pipe Bin Project aims to enable the recycling of fishing line rather than sending it to landfill, as dumped fishing gear remains the biggest polluter of local waterways in Brighton.

ReWorked’s new recycling process will allow all waste collected to be recycled by the tonne, including waste tangled up in hooks and other debris.

Any ocean waste collected will go on to become recycled plastic boards, with some of the panels becoming rod stands for the fisherman involved in the scheme.

Working in conjunction with #LeaveNoTraceBrighton and with funding provided by Brighton and Hove Council, The Pipe Bin Project has installed drop off points for fishing gear in three locations; Albion Groyne, Norfolk Groyne and D5 Hove Lawns.

ReWorked has reported that 164kg of fishing waste, including nets, spools, lines and hooks, has been collected since the installation on 20 December..

Steve Carrie, ReWorked Director, said: "We cannot turn a blind eye any longer to the environmental damage fishing is having on ocean ecosystems.
“The damage waste nets, hooks and plastic debris is having is catastrophic. As people passionate about fishing, we should care the most! For me, this project comes from the heart, for the greater good of our future."

EMR announces £460k investment at Willesden recycling facility

European Metal Recycling (EMR) has welcomed the arrival of a medium voltage/low voltage (LV/MV) inverter at its Willesden recycling facility, which will increase the power efficiency of the only metal shredder in operation inside the M25.

This update to the power supply promises a 20 per cent increase in power efficiency to the metal shredder, which recycles 250,000 tonnes of metal a year.

EMR expects its £460,000 investment at Willesden to help London’s businesses and local authorities cut their own indirect carbon emissions and ensure that metal waste processed today becomes part of the circular economy.

The metal recycling facility is part of a seven-acre EMR site, which also includes London’s only refrigerator recycling facility.

EMR’s Managing Director for Ferrous Metals, Bob Garwood, said: “We know how strategically important our Willesden site is to the customers large and small that use it each day.

Our latest long-term sustainable investment at Willesden is an important step in helping EMR, and London as a whole, decarbonise in the years ahead.

Major manufacturers and construction firms in the area can now demonstrate that they are disposing of the waste materials they produce in a responsible, lower carbon way that returns metal waste back into the circular economy.”

Following the arrival of the new LV/MV inverter at Willesden, EMR will review its other major UK sites, including Tilbury, Liverpool and Birmingham.