News in brief 10/06/16

edoc project grabs EU LIFE award

News in brief 10/06/16
Daniel Callejo Crespo, Director-General of DG Environment, CIWM Senior Technical Advisor Tina Benfield, and James Samuel, External funding management accountant, Environment Agency
The UK’s edoc (electronic duty of care) project, an online system for recording waste transfers, was presented with a Best LIFE Environment award at an EU Green Week ceremony last week.

Launched fully in January 2014, the new paperless electronic system is already being used by nearly 5,000 businesses, including major retailer CarpetRight and waste management company Bagnall & Morris.

Designed to save businesses across the UK time, resources and money, and improve data and information about commercial and industrial waste, the project was led by the Environment Agency with partners including the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), Reconomy, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Welsh Government. It also had the support of the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The European Commission awards recognise the most effective projects funded by its LIFE+ financing programme, with selection criteria focusing on their contribution to both immediate and long-term environmental, economic and social improvements; their degree of innovation and transferability; their relevance to policy; and their cost-effectiveness.

Speaking on behalf of the project team, CIWM’s Tina Benfield said: “We are delighted to have won this award – it celebrates the strong partnership approach of this project, good support from industry, and government interest and involvement.

“edoc offers the potential not only for businesses to comply with their duty of care responsibilities easily and cost effectively, but also to benefit from better data and understanding on waste arisings in the future, and reduce the opportunity for waste crime. The learning and outputs from this project could easily help other EU member states to develop similar systems.”

More information about the edoc system can be found in Helistrat CEO Bernard Amos’s exclusive comment for Resource.

WRAP CFO to retire at the end of the year

The Waste & Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jonathan Lea is to retire at the end of the year.

Lea is to step down after six years in the role during which he has taken a leading role in WRAP’s transition to become registered as a charity.

WRAP CEO Liz Goodwin, who will be stepping down herself at the end of the year, said: “I am very grateful to Jonathan for all he has done whilst at WRAP. He has been far more than a standard CFO, having contributed significantly to the development of the organisation and its strategy over the years. He has been an important and valued member of the executive team, and will be missed.”

Cromwell Polythene to supply equipment to two Scottish councils

Waste management equipment supplier Cromwell Polythene has been appointed as an approved supplier to two Scottish councils.

The Leeds-based company has had a range of products listed by the Highland Council Janitorial Supplies Framework Agreement, including refuse and recycling sacks, bin liners, rubble sacks, compostable bags, clinical waste sacks and compactor sacks, as well as specialist bags for dog waste.

The company has also won a contract with Fife Council to supply compostable bags for the collection of commercial food waste.

Cromwell’s Managing Director James Lee said: “These are significant gains, building on a successful campaign to gain more business from Scotland. Highland Council is the largest local government area in the UK, serving a third of the land area of Scotland, including the most remote and sparsely populated parts of the United Kingdom and with the seventh highest population of the 32 authorities in Scotland.

“Fife Council, which is the third largest authority in Scotland, came via the Scotland Excel Framework, which provides its members with pre-approved collaborative procurement agreements with companies known for their competitiveness and reliability.”

Recolight expands free lamp recycling service

Lamp recycling compliance scheme Recolight is to expand its free commercial service by lowering the threshold for companies to qualify.

Previously, businesses had to collect 2,000 lamps every three months to be eligible to receive free-of-charge collection services. Following the change, however, businesses collecting 1,000 or more lamps every three months can also use Recolight’s free collection services.

The company says that the lower threshold will allow more electrical contractors, facilities managers, waste management companies, and other electrical businesses that collect smaller quantities, to arrange for their waste lamps to be recycled.

The Recolight lamp collection service includes the provision of free-of-charge containers, free collection and recycling, and free consignment notes. Electrical wholesale businesses becoming collection points can become open collection points listed on the Recolight online collection point map, which makes their lamp recycling service accessible to other companies.

Nigel Harvey, Recolight’s Chief Executive, said; “Expanding access to waste lamp recycling is very important to us. By lowering the threshold and allowing more businesses to become collection points, we hope that as many lamps as possible will be recycled.”

Luton Council urges residents to make their metals matter

Luton Borough Council is encouraging residents to recycle more of the estimated 94 million cans, aerosols, aluminium foil trays and wrapping foil used in Luton every year.

The ‘Make your Metals Matter’ campaign, jointly funded by MetalMatters, an industry partnership comprising the UK’s leading producers, users and recyclers of metal packaging, and Luton Borough Council, will run throughout June and highlight how used metal packaging can be transformed into new, valuable items when collected with recycling.

According to the campaign, if all the metal packaging used in Luton each year was collected for recycling, it would save around 2,548 tonnes of carbon dioxide – equivalent to taking over 542 cars off local streets for a year.

Alex Constantinides, Service Director of the Public Realm at Luton Borough Council, said: “The council is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, and I hope this activity and promotional work will encourage more residents to recycle their metal packaging. The energy saved by recycling just one can is enough to run a TV for four hours, so a small action like putting your empty bean tin in the recycling bin can make a big difference.”

Rick Hindley, Executive Director of the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), which runs the campaign, added: “The MetalMatters campaign has delivered significant increases in the volumes of metal packaging collected for recycling in other parts of the UK, so we’re aiming to repeat – and hopefully better this – in Luton.”