News in brief 02/04/19

FCC Environment signs West Devon contract

Waste management company FCC Environment has finalised its contract with West Devon Borough Council and South Hams District Council.

The company has been providing waste services for West Devon since 2010. The new contract, to officially begin on Monday (1 April), will run until 2027 and will cover all waste and recycling collections as well as street and toilet cleaning services.

These services will now be extended to South Hams as well, and the company says the contract will provide ‘extra benefits’ for the region, such as support for litter picks and environmental events in the local community.

FCC Environment signs West Devon contractHelen Dobby, Group Manager for Commercial Services for South Hams and West Devon, said that improvements are on the way for waste services in the area, including an increase in the range of household waste accepted for recycling. “We continually look at the most up-to-date working practices,” she said. “I am pleased to be able to say that over the next two years improvements will be put in place to increase the amount and types of household waste which we recycle. The new partnership design is directly linked to what our householders have told us they want to do – recycle more and throw away less.”

This news follows FCC’s winning bid back in January for the operation of Suffolk County Council’s network of 11 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs), which will also run until September 2027.

SUEZ and Anthesis launch local authority ‘impact calculator’

Consultancy firm Anthesis Group and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK have launched a new tool to help councils understand how new government waste policies might impact them.

The ‘impact calculator’ will help local authorities estimate the possible financial and operational impacts of the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy – which proposes, among other measures, consistent recycling collections (including food waste) across England, a deposit return scheme (DRS) for beverage containers and reform of the extended producer responsibility (EPR) system to make producers pay the full net cost of collecting and recycling their products.

These measures – which are all currently the subject of public consultations – will have significant impacts on how councils run and fund their waste and recycling services. Local authorities can input their data into the impact calculator and will receive estimates of different policies might affect them: for instance, how much material might be lost from the kerbside due to a DRS, or how much financial support they might receive from EPR funding.

It is hoped that local authorities will use the tool to inform their responses to the government consultations. Beth Simpson, Principal Consultant at Anthesis, explained: “Accurately assessing the potential impacts around future policy is a crucial undertaking for local authorities. With major reforms now a near-term prospect off the back of the government consultations, it’s vital that authorities respond in an informed, constructive manner, with the evidence to support their views.”

The impact calculator can be found on the SUEZ website.

New JCB loaders on site at Countrystyle RecyclingNew JCB loaders on site at Countrystyle Recycling

Kent-based Countrystyle Recycling has added four JCB loaders to its arsenal of machines at its facility in Ridham, near Sittingbourne.

Countrystyle offers collection, recycling and recovery services for a variety of products from businesses and local authorities, including as wood, plasterboard and organic waste. Two of the JCB machines, supplied by Greenshields JCB, will be used at Countrystyle’s plasterboard recycling building, while two will go to the wood yard.

The loaders have been fitted with BMAir cabin air filtration technology, which monitors air within the cabin and prevents polluted air from entering, making the working experience safer for the operator. All four machines also have fire suppression systems and foam-filled tyres, to help avoid punctures and costly downtime.

Neil Webb, Countrystyle’s Engineering & Project Manager, says: “The build quality of the JCB machines is second to none. We already operate a number of JCB machines including telehandlers and excavators at our Sittingbourne site so we had no hesitation in turning to JCB for our new wheeled loaders.”

New waste facility planned for South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire Council has completed its purchase of the Viridor Filton Collections Unit in North Bristol and plans to open a new facility on the site in 2023.

Waste management company Viridor will continue to operate from the site until 2021, after which point existing facilities will be demolished and a new development started, to include a transfer station, a ‘Sort It’ HWRC, a depot for waste collection vehicles and possibly an on-site reuse shop.

Cabinet Member for Tourism and Communities, Councillor Paul Hughes, said: “By redeveloping this site, we will be able to manage waste and recycling services closer to the growth areas around Filton.

“We are already recycling more than 51 per cent of our household waste and we’re well on the way to reaching our 60 per cent target. The new facility will have the capacity to manage the extra waste that comes from new homes and its location will reduce the number and length of journeys taken by the trucks across the district to collect waste and recyclable materials.”

South Bristol is also home to a new recycling centre, with a £4-million facility set to open in April this year to process construction and commercial waste, operated by ETM Recycling.

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