News in brief 05/08/16

Biffa ‘Wasteater’ collection vehicles to bring character to kerbside services

News in brief 05/08/16
Biffa has teamed up with celebrity environmentalist Bill Oddie for the launch of a range of new monster-inspired waste collection trucks, named Wasteaters.

The trucks, manufactured by Dennis Eagle, have been produced from 95 per cent recyclable material and comply with strict new Euro 6 regulations relating to levels of nitrous oxide and particulate emissions. This makes the trucks Biffa’s most environmentally friendly vehicles to date.

The Wasteaters - named Walter, Wanda, Willy, Winston, Wendy, Woody and Wilma – are nine metres long, four metres high, weigh 26,000 kilograms and can hold 1,100 litres of waste.

The Wastewaters, each with individual characteristics and personalities, will be launched between now and August in London, Leeds, Bristol, Norwich, Birmingham, Worthing, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, York, Southampton and Middlesbrough.

Oddie said: “I’m proud to be supporting Biffa on this fantastic campaign, designed to capture imagination and spread enthusiasm across the nation for recycling. It’s great to be the first person to have spotted an infamous Wasteater in the wild!

“The new trucks are wonderful and are sure to be a big hit. Waste can be perceived as a dry subject for lots of us in our day to day life, so a great idea like this which makes waste collections and recycling fun will be enjoyed by everyone.”

More information can be found on Biffa’s website.

James Piper promoted to Managing Director at ecosurety

Resource efficiency specialist ecosurety has appointed Commercial Head James Piper as its new Managing Director.

In the new role Piper will be tasked with developing the company’s strategic direction and support relationships with its brand members.

Piper will also oversee the appointment of an Operations Director and a number of non-executive advisors as the company seeks to step up its producer regulations services. As part of this drive, ecosurety is due to unveil its ‘circularety’ scheme, which aims to increase transparency inside the packaging recovery note system, in September.

Piper started at the company as a graduate trainee in 2009 and has worked across all compliance departments including marketing, sales and IT, was named South West Institute of Directors Young Director of the Year in June.

Commenting on the promotion, he said: “It’s exciting to take a lead role in one of the most dynamic and forward-looking organisations in the waste and recycling industry. I’ve had fantastic support from an incredible team and I look forward to working with them to grow the business to the next stage.”

More information about ecosurety can be found on the company’s website.

Reuse shop opens at West Yorkshire HWRC to ‘Revive’ old items

News in brief 05/08/16
Tracy Ruddy, Revive shop assistant, and Gary Schwandt, SUEZ Senior Site Manager, with a selection of items available for purchase at the shop
A new reuse shop in Calderdale, West Yorkshire is giving items that would usually be put in for recycling at the council’s household waste recycle centre (HWRC) a new lease of life.

The ‘Revive’ reuse shop, being opened next week at the Atlas Mill Road HWRC in Brighouse, has a range of items for sale, including golf clubs, crockery, mirrors, furniture, fishing rods and clothing.

The items have been donated by users of Calderdale Council’s five HWRCs, where ‘bric-a-brac’ containers have been installed to divert reusable items from recycling skips. Each item will be checked for quality and safety before it is made available for sale.

The shop will be open from Thursday to Monday for most of the day, though times vary, with slightly shorter hours in winter.

Cllr Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Re-using is even better than recycling, and we all know the saying ‘one person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure’, so we’re hoping to encourage people to place their unwanted, good-quality items into the bric-a-brac containers for the Revive shop, rather than throwing them into the waste skips. The Revive shop will give people a handy place to find some bargains, and help us create less waste.”

 SUEZ Senior Site Manager Gary Schwandt added: “By finding these items a new home, we can reduce the cost to the environment in eliminating the resources needed to process them and the cost to the public purse of waste disposal.

“We hope that the opportunity to purchase these goods will ensure they are put to good use, help local people on a budget, save the Council money and help the environment.”

More information about recycling at Calderdale Council can be found on the council’s website.

Bristol-based yoga studio becomes first UK retailer of recycled plastic leggings

News in brief 05/08/16
Yogafurie, a Bristol-based yoga studio, has become the first UK retailer of leggings made completely out of recycled plastic bottles.

Yoga Democracy, the producer of the leggings, is an American ethical yoga wear brand that is committed to using recycled fibres and zero-water dying.

The producer fashions the leggings out of polyester that is from 100% post-consumer PET plastic and recycled nylon that is made from material such as carpets, fishing nets and fabric scraps remanufactured back into nylon.

Ed Wood, Founder and Owner of the Yogafurie studio, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to stock these brilliant, innovative leggings because they fit with our own values.

“When you see the leggings you just cannot believe they are made from plastic bottles. As we are a hot yoga studio we try our hardest to keep plastic out, but we’re also aware that people need to drink a lot of water too and that often comes in a plastic bottle. This way, we feel we’re giving back a bit to the planet.

“The feedback we have had is also that the materials are perfect for hot yoga because they are lightweight and do not feel hot, scratchy or heavy, so our customers love them.”

More information about Yogafurie can be found on its website.