News in Brief – 02/07/20

Ecosurety appoints new Head of Operations

Recycling compliance scheme Ecosurety today (2 July) announced the appointment of Clement Gaubert as its new Head of Operations.

Clement Gaubert
Clement Gaubert, Ecosurety Head of Operations
Gaubert will be leading key departments focusing on the procurement, compliance and technical delivery aspects of the business. Drawing on 12 years of high-level experience in the waste management sector, nine of which as a WEEE compliance scheme manager, he will be supporting Ecosurety’s expansion in the packaging, WEEE and business markets.

Ecosurety manages the legal recycling obligations of over 1,000 members across the retail, food and drink sectors, and works with them to identify programmes that look to improve innovation, education and infrastructure across the UK’s recycling sector.

CEO of Ecosurety, James Piper, says: “Clem’s extensive management experience within the waste management sector, combined with his knowledge of the WEEE and battery markets will, I’m sure, prove to be a huge asset to Ecosurety as we seek to expand further into these areas of compliance. We welcome Clem’s wealth of ideas and insights on procurement and are delighted to have him on board.”

Commenting on his new role, Gaubert said: “I am very pleased and excited to be joining such a forward-thinking producer compliance scheme which strives to go beyond basic compliance. With changes to the Distributor Takeback System system next year and extended producer responsibility on the horizon, I look forward to engaging with our producers and recycling partners to expand our WEEE and battery collections, and to deliver innovative projects and campaigns which can have a positive impact on UK recycling.”

To read more about Ecosurety, you can visit its website.

Renewi to increase recycling rate to 75 per cent by 2025

International waste-to-product company Renewi has announced its intention to increase its recycling rate to 75 per cent by 2025.

Already leading the field with a recycling rate of 64.7 per cent, the company launched its new sustainability strategy today (2 July), committing to a substantial reduction in the CO2 impact of its collection activities in The Netherlands and Belgium over the same period.

Renewi glass recycling processRenewi also plans to make its fleet comprised solely of clean, low-emission EURO VI trucks by 2025, which will help to prevent four million tonnes of carbon emissions annually, and introduce 65 new electric trucks to its fleet from August 2020.

Otto de Bont, CEO of Renewi, said: “The new sustainability strategy is linked to our refreshed business strategy and puts us in an excellent position to further fulfill our purpose, to protect the world by giving new life to used materials. With our recently-launched strategy we will become a leader in the production of secondary raw materials by, amongst other things, encouraging manufacturing companies to replace the current use of primary raw materials. Going forward, we will also increase the volumes of secondary materials produced with new and innovative processing technology fivefold, from 200,000 tonnes to over one million tonnes.

“Renewi’s activities are driven by its unifying purpose of giving new life to used materials. This purpose places sustainability at the heart of what we do and positions us as an important link within the circular economy. Renewi has three clear areas of focus within our new sustainability strategy: to care for people, to enable the circular economy and to reduce carbon emissions and waste. This strategy, together with our values, serves as a guiding principle to help us realise our waste-to-product strategy.”

For more information about Renewi and to read its full Sustainability Report, you can visit its website here.

Carbios begins construction on industrial demonstration plant

Green chemistry company Carbios made an announcement on Monday (29 June) launching the construction of its industrial demonstration plant for the enzymatic recycling of PET plastic.

Located near Lyon in France’s ‘chemistry valley’, the French hub of innovation and industrial production in the chemical, environmental and cleantech sector, the objective of the plant will be to generate technical data that will allow Carbios to define the main parameters for each step of the enzymatic recycling process and plan the operation of future industrial units.

The demonstration plant will validate the technical, environmental, and economic performance of Carbios’ innovative technology, and will produce batches of monomers for technical and regulatory validation of recycled PET by future licensees.

Martin Stephan, CEO of Carbios, said: “Our technology is able to meet a very strong market demand, particularly from the brand-owners of our Consortium, which include companies like L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage and Food Europe. Each of these, and many other global multinational firms, have made ambitious commitments towards sustainable development. This demonstration plant will be a showcase site to validate the economic and technical performance of our process and to ensure the training of our future licensees.”

Industrial Development Director of Carbios, Antoine Sévenier, added: “The demonstration unit allows us to test different waste streams, and to adapt certain steps of our process to the specification of collection systems. I am very excited to see our revolutionary technology industrializing and becoming a commercial reality in the near future.”

To read more about Carbios, visit its website.

SUEZ makes £100k donation to Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK announced Yesterday (1 July) that it has made a £100,000 donation to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, boosting the support to vulnerable residents across the City region, including those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Half of the donation will be immediately directed towards the charity’s urgent ‘Covaid-19 Appeal’, launched by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and the Manchester Evening News.

Money raised through the appeal will be used to assist existing charities and voluntary organisations in providing care, specialist support and basic items such as food parcels and toiletries to those most affected by Covid-19. The remaining £50,000 of the donation will be used later in the year to help the charity’s ‘A Bed for Every Night’ campaign which provides emergency shelter and care for homeless people across Greater Manchester over the winter.

As Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s (GMCA) appointed waste management contractor, SUEZ provides services for the management of over one million tonnes of municipal waste per year across nine metropolitan districts of Greater Manchester. The company has also made over 50 separate social value commitments as part of this contract, in addition to its new commitment to donate £100,000 to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity every year.

Future donations will be drawn from proceeds generated through a network of reuse shops SUEZ is setting up in Greater Manchester later this year. Unwanted items will be donated at 20 household waste recycling centres in the area, and will be sold to local residents, providing access to affordable second-hand goods such as furniture, bicycles, crockery, tools and sports equipment.

Chief Executive of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, John Scanlon, said: “Delivering social, economic and environmental benefits for the people of Greater Manchester is central to our work with GMCA, and I’m delighted to be making the first of SUEZ’s annual £100,000 donations to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity. We’re in unprecedented times, and this money will make a real difference to people who need it urgently, such as rough sleepers, those fleeing domestic violence, and families struggling to make ends meet because of the impact of Covid-19.”

Tim Heatley, Chair of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, added: “This is a moment of real challenge for a lot of people in Greater Manchester, and the Covaid-19 Emergency Appeal has seen so many individuals and organisations right across our city-region pull together to support some of the most vulnerable in our community. This donation from SUEZ to the Mayor’s Charity is a great contribution to that effort, and one that I’m pleased to see them commit to every year through the proceeds from their re-use shops.”

Through its contract with GMCA, SUEZ has made over 50 separate social value commitments, ranging from training opportunities, apprenticeships and engagement with local schools and universities, to improving biodiversity across its sites, developing its local supply chain and supporting the community and voluntary sector.

To read more about SUEZ, you can visit its website here.

BMRA re-elects Susie Burrage as President for a third term

On Tuesday (30 June), the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) elected Susie Burrage, Managing Director of Recycled Products Ltd, as President for a third term.

During her four-year tenure, the BMRA has celebrated its centenary (in 2019) and she has led the Association through several high-profile projects, such as the development of the first sector-specific apprenticeship programme, the Metal Recycling General Operative. She has also overseen an overhaul in BMRA communications, partially led by the newly-created Membership and Communications Committee, of which she is chair.

Commenting on her reappointment, Burrage said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to represent BMRA members. It is made easier when you are surrounded by good people, and I would like to thank my fellow Board members, committee members, the BMRA secretariat and my staff at Recycled Products Ltd for their support these past four years. I look forward to continuing for another term, and further extending the influence of the BMRA.”

CEO of BMRA James Kelly added: “Susie’s commitment to the BMRA has been relentless. Her tireless work has meant that the BMRA continues to be at the forefront of metals recycling in the UK and on the International stage. Her support of me and the secretariat enables us to ensure we deliver the best service we can to our members and understand the challenges that the industry faces on a day to day basis. We welcome her reappointment and the opportunity to continue working with her in this crucial role for the metal recycling industry.”

Burrage is also the President of the European Metal Trade and Recycling Branch of EuRIC and the UK Ambassador for the Bureau of International Recycling.

You can read more about her experience in the metal recycling industry from an interview she gave to the BMRA ‘100 Years in Metal Recycling’ celebratory book, available here.