News in brief – 09/09/19

Lincolnshire EfW facility reaches ‘one million milestone’

Lincolnshire EfW facility has announced that it has processed one million tonnes of waste, reducing the amount of residual waste going to landfill by around 93 per cent.

Children from St Andrews C of E Primary School unveiling a plague for the Lincolnshire EfW site

The waste has been converted into 554,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy for the Lincoln area – enough to power 29,000 homes across the county.

To celebrate this milestone, Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) and its waste and resource management partner FCC Environment hosted an event at the EfW plant on Thursday 5 September. St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, which won the EfW’s ‘Waste-Free Lunch Challenge 2019’, joined other local stakeholders to mark the occasion.

Commenting on the achievement, Cllr Eddy Poll said: “We are five years into what is a great partnership with FCC Environment, and we look forward to our future as we process more waste and generate more energy for the benefit of the local community.

The presence of the facility in the county has a number of positive implications: reducing non-recyclable waste being sent to landfill by around 93 per cent and producing power to supply 29,000 homes. These environmentally-friendly and cost-saving results make a real difference for the people of Lincolnshire.”

Juergen Schaper, General Manager at FCC Environment, added: “We are extremely proud to have reached this very significant milestone. One million tonnes of waste diverted from landfill and converted to energy is a real achievement for Lincolnshire. We are focused on continuing to exceed performance expectations in our successful partnership with the council as we carry on creating valuable electricity, jobs and community support for the county.”

You can find out more about Lincolnshire EfW on the FCC Environment website.

Ken Mills ships balers worldwide

Ken Mills Engineering (KME) Ltd has secured a series of international sales, installing its balers in China, Lithuania, Italy and the Falklands. 

In the Falklands, KME Ltd installed two T50 semi-automatic Horizontal Bale Presses for the Ministry of Defence (MOD), in the world’s most southern recycling facility, processing card, plastics, cans and paper.

The company has also recently installed a T40 horizontal semi-automatic baler for Lithuanian company Waste Exit, which is baling nylon/polyester quilt trim.

The T40 horizontal semi automatic baler can be used to process a range of materials, including plastic film, plastic bottles, cardboard and aluminium cans. The balers are designed and built in KME’s factory near Manchester.

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

Andusia launches series of films

Refuse-derived fuel (RDF) exporter Andusia has launched a series of films revealing a behind-the-scenes insight into the conversion of the UK’s waste into RDF. The films are aimed at those in the waste industry, including material recovery facilities (MRFs), energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities and UK plant developers.

RDF exporter Andusia has launched a series of films about how waste is converted into RDF

The films trace the journey of the waste as it is collected in Leeds, sorted at a MRF facility and converted into RDF before being baled and wrapped. The bales are then transported to Immingham port and shipped with shipping company DFDS. The end of the film sees the RFD bales arrive at an EfW plant, Fortum Oslo Varme, where the bales are broken and incinerated, with the excess heat used to generate renewable electricity and district heating for the city of Oslo.

The films are interwoven with animation which mirrors Andusia’s brand image.

You can find the videos on Andusia’s website.

BMRA launches training courses

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has announced that it will be launching a new online portal, which will offer members access to training courses.

The courses will be delivered in partnership with APT Health and Safety Training Solutions, and BMRA members will be able to access a range of health and safety courses tailored to different workplace roles.

James Kelly, Chief Executive of BMRA, said: “I am really pleased that we can offer our members access to industry-focused training delivered by experts in the field. Our partnership with APT means that we can develop a suite of training courses that are truly fit-for-purpose.

“Furthermore, it is just the first step in our plans to provide members with a portfolio of health and safety related offerings. At the heart of this portfolio will be our newly updated health and safety manual, which we hope to launch towards the summer.”

The training courses can be found on BMRA’s dedicated portal.

Hubbub poll reveals attitudes towards fast fashion

New research from behaviour change charity Hubbub has found that just six per cent of women think they are well informed on the environmental impact of fast fashion, and 86 per cent felt that there is not enough information on the issue.

The poll, undertaken in partnership with knitwear company WoolOvers, found that more than half of women aged 16-24 are buying new clothes once a month. 58 per cent of women aged 16-24 don’t know what ‘fast fashion’ means, and only a third of women aged 16-24 will repair an item whereas half of women aged 54 and over will.

According to the research, younger women are viewing clothes as short-term, disposable products – less than half of women aged 16-24 expect clothes to last many years before they need replacing or repairing.

Seeking to educate consumers on the impacts of fast fashion, Hubbub is supporting a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the sustainability of the fashion industry, gathering evidence and insights from both brands and the public to form a set of recommendations of actions to put to government.

Hubbub is also developing a new campaign to encourage young people to make more mindful purchasing decisions.

You can find out more about Hubbub’s campaigns on the organisation’s website.