Business in brief - 27/09/19

North London Waste Authority to hold Market Information Event

An artist's impression of the Edmonton EcoPark
An artist's impression of the Edmonton EcoPark

On Wednesday 9 October, North London Waste Authority (NLWA) will be holding a third market information event for the construction sector.

The event will be targeted at companies who want to work on the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP) and will specifically focus on the contract to deliver facilities in the south of the Edmonton EcoPark.

The components of the contract are: a Resource Recovery Facility (RRF), which is where bulky waste is separated for recycling; an EcoPark House, near the River Lee Navigation, which will contain office accommodation and a visitors’ centre; and external works including construction of hard and soft landscaping, external services and utilities.

You can confirm attendance and find out more information about the market information day on the North London Heat and Power Project website.

Geminor awarded Carmarthenshire’s residual waste contract

CWM Environmental's Nantycaws EfW facility

Resource management company Geminor has been awarded a contract to manage Carmarthenshire County Council’s residual waste.

The five-year contract was awarded by CWM Environmental Ltd, Carmarthenshire’s waste management Teckal company, and will see 35,000 tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF) from CWM’s Nantycaws facility recovered through Geminor’s European export market each year.

The secondary fuel will then be used to power thousands of homes and businesses in the region.

James Maidon, UK Country Manager at Geminor, commented: “Carmarthenshire’s waste will become a highly beneficial source of green energy. What’s more, through the use of empty load logistics, the entire project will result in minimal CO2 emissions – a highly sustainable and economic solution.

“We are looking forward to working in close partnership with CWM Environmental to implement a new, sustainable approach to waste management.”

Sean Gallagher, Operations Director at CWM Environmental, added: “We were impressed with the solution Geminor offered for Carmarthenshire’s residual waste, and the range of contingency options they have in place.

“We look forward to working with Geminor on this contract and are pleased to have a sustainable solution for our residual waste.”

You can find out more about Geminor on the company’s website.

Lakeside EfW facility opens doors to the general public

Jessica Baker-Pike showing a young visitor the EfW combustion chamber
Jessica Baker-Pike showing a young visitor the EfW combustion chamber

Lakeside energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Colnbrook, Slough, has opened its doors to the general public for the third year running.

The open day, which took place last weekend (21-22 September), is part of the national Heritage Open Day programme sponsored by the National Trust.

Over the weekend, the EfW facility – managed jointly by Viridor and Grundon Waste Management – hosted free, half-day visits for members of the public, which included presentations in the facility’s Education Centre.

Viridor’s Jessica Baker-Pike and Lakeside’s Ruth Roll, who hosted the tours, said: “It was quite a challenge to host such mixed age groups with very different levels of knowledge and understanding of recycling and energy-from-waste.

“However, all our visitors agreed that by the time they had completed their tours, their eyes had been well and truly opened to the need to make sure they carefully checked their local authority web sites, to clarify exactly what they should put in each of their bins – and why.”

You can find more information on the EfW facility on the Lakeside website.

Bunting Group joins Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association

Tom Higginbottom (Bunting), Richard Hird (PMMDA) and Simon Ayling (Bunting)
Tom Higginbottom (Bunting), Richard Hird (PMMDA) and Simon Ayling (Bunting)

The European division of the magnetic technology company Bunting Group has joined the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), an association providing support and representation for companies in the plastics industry.

Bunting designs and manufactures magnetic separators, eddy current separators and metal detectors for the plastics sector.

Simon Ayling, Managing Director of Bunting’s European division, said: “Joining the PMMDA reflects the importance of the plastics sector to our business.

“After establishing a close working relationship with Renmar Plastic Machinery, Director Kevin Horne proposed that we consider joining the association. We are now proud to be members.”

You can find more information about the Bunting Group on the company’s website.

Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership supports Armed Forces Covenant

Leading employers in the energy and utilities sector, including FCC Environment, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant to encourage the recruitment of ex-military personnel into the sector.

The sector’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces has been facilitated by the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership, with 24 employers agreeing to further collaborate and work in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Defence Relationship Management (DRM) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), to attract and retain more ex-military employees into the industry.

Nick Ellins, Chief Executive of Energy and Utility Skills, said: “I am delighted to see our leading employers support the covenant. With a good proportion of the 14,000 that leave the armed forces every year possessing highly sought-after skills, service leavers are a fantastic talent pool and ideally suited to our industry.

“Through the ‘Talent Source Network’ job board, and working in partnership with the MOD, DRM and DWP, our industry is aiming to attract service leavers. With their technical skills, professional drive and personal determination, they are ideally placed for a career in our rewarding sector which urgently needs 221,000 recruits by 2027 to meet its skills challenge.”

You can find out more about Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership on the partnership’s website