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News in brief 10/07/15

Royal Parks Foundation serves up eco-friendly tennis balls

The Royal Parks Foundation (RPF) has announced the release of an eco-friendly tennis ball.

With Britain going through its annual tennis frenzy with the culmination of another Wimbledon, the balls are designed so that players can take up the sport without damaging the environment.

‘Your Friendly Green Tennis Balls’ are the result of a partnership between the RPF and community tennis programmes Will to Win and Second Serve.

The RPF claims more than 17,000 hours of tennis are played on their courts across London annually, with activity peaking during the two summer weeks of Wimbledon.

For the fortnight of competition, organisers of the tournament order more than 54,000 balls.

But the RPF says that the manufacturing process and high turnover of balls, as well as the metallic non-recyclable packaging that many come in, creates an environmental strain.

The new ‘green’ balls are approved by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), are pressureless – which the RPF says guarantees a ‘lifetime bounce’, reducing the strain on resources by producing replacement balls – and arrive in a recyclable box.

Ten per cent of every tube purchased will be donated to the RPF, which supports eight of London’s largest parks.

Commenting on the launch of the new balls, Sara Lom, CEO o the RPF, said: “Henry VIII, creator of the Royal Parks, was also a keen player of real tennis, so we’re especially pleased that this new initiative not only echoes him, but also helps conserve the environment and raises funds to keep London’s precious Parks blooming with life.”

Learn more about the Royal Parks Foundation.


Veolia wins Sustainable Products and Services Award for 2015

Waste management company Veolia were presented the Sustainable Products and Services Award at the 2015 Responsible Business Awards this week (7 July).

The award follows the company’s launch of their ‘Resourcing the World’ strategy which has seen it become a manufacturer of green products and renewable energy, with the aim of reducing dependency on natural resources and creating new revenue streams.

Veolia now claims to generate 21 times more energy than it consumes and that it ensures that 20 per cent of its revenue is circular through selling products that would otherwise be seen as waste.

Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice President of Veolia UK and Ireland said: “We are addressing the biggest single issue our planet faces, namely the lack of resources to meet the needs of the 7.2 billion people living here now, let alone the forecast 9.6 billion by 2050.

 “As a leading global resource management provider, we know the take-make-dispose model is dead – so we are challenging the norm by promoting the circular economy in a move which makes business sense for customers.”

Chair of the judges at the awards, Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer commented, “Veolia demonstrated leadership, engagement of people and the building of collaborative partnerships to generate innovative streams of sustainable products and services across the business.”

The Awards, run by Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, were held at the Business in the Community’s Annual Responsible Business Gala Dinner.

Learn more about the 2015 Responsible Business Awards.


Call2Recycle names Tim Michaels as Managing Director of Operations

North American consumer battery stewardship organisation Call2Recycle has appointed Tim Michaels as its new Managing Director of Operations.

Michaels joins the Atlanta-based company, which claims to have established over 34,000 collection sites through North America, after a period as Director of Region Operations at building products distributor BlueLinx. He has also held logistical roles at wind turbine manufacturer Ogin, Noranda Aluminium and the United States Marine Corps.

He will now manage all operational logistics of Call2Recycle’s battery collection and recycling program in the United States and Canada.

Carl Smith, CEO and President of Call2Recycle said: “Tim Michaels’ relevant experience in logistics and process optimization in the sustainability and distribution sector adds significant value to our organization in strengthening our operational efforts in battery recycling.

“As the organization continues to collect millions of pounds of batteries each year, Tim’s experience will help to expand our programs and advance our North American battery recycling processes.”

Learn more about Call2Recycle.


Flooring contractor wins award for innovative recycling scheme

Louise Abbott receiving her Recycling Champion of the Year award
Flooring contractor Designer Contracts has been awarded ‘Take Back Partner of the Year’ by Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) at the annual awards and conference held in Birmingham.

The company has launched a recycling scheme, which diverts 90 per cent of its fitter’s unused carpet into felt underlay, at all 12 of its regional offices. The material that isn’t converted into underlay is used in the equestrian sector as arena flooring.

Over 250 tonnes of fitters’ waste carpet has been saved from landfill in the past year, the company says.

The scheme was spearheaded by Louise Abbott, Merchandise and Marketing Manager at Designer Contracts, who was also presented with an award for Recycling Champion of the Year.

Laurence Bird, Director of Carpet Recycling UK said: “We are really pleased with all the hard work Designer Contracts has put in to its recycling scheme and the results speak for themselves.”

After receiving her award, Abbott said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised for our recycling scheme and have been pitted against some tough competition. 

“We’re helping the environment by transforming our waste into a sustainable solution and from the customers’ point of view, dealing with a contractor or manufacturer that recycles materials is increasingly beneficial.”


Wiltshire Wildlife Trust receives £270k donation from Hills Group

(left to right) Alan Pardoe, chairman; Mike Hill, CEO; both of The Hills Group with Dr Gary Mantle, CEO Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) has gained support for its management of 40 nature reserves across the county from a £270,000 donation from The Hills Group.

The funding comes as part of the Landfill Communities Fund, a scheme that enables operators of landfills sites to contribute funds to local projects,

The Hills Group operates a number of businesses across Wiltshire and the surrounding counties, including waste management, recycling, aggregate quarrying and the production of ready-mixed concrete.

Among the activities that the funding will aid is the maintenance of the WWT’s meadows. According to the group, 98 per cent of all meadows in Britain have los their wildlife interest in the last 70 years.

Dr Gary Mantle, CEO of WWT said: “Wiltshire remains a national stronghold for both downland and lowland hay meadows. For 25 years The Hills Group has provided financial support for the Trust’s nature conservation work.

“What started as a simple sponsorship agreement by a local company has matured into a unique relationship where the Wiltshire-based family-owned firm has provided support every year for 25 years to help protect, maintain and enhance Wiltshire’s countryside and environment.

“Their generosity and consistent support has been hugely important in helping to keep Wiltshire special.

Learn more about the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.


Weir Waste adds Mercedes-Benz refuse trucks to fleet

Recycling and waste management specialist Weir Waste has commissioned a new fleet of Mercedes-Benz Antos refuse trucks.

The Birmingham-based company currently operates material recovery facilities (MRFs) in two sites in the West Midlands, and also serves commercial customers throughout the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Five 26-tonne 2530s and a signle 18-tonne 1824 from the Antos heavy distribution range have now been added to the company’s fleet to help move the 500,000 tonnes of waste and recyclables the two operations process each year.

Following the purchase, Commercial and Industrial Manager Rajesh Brigue said: “Following a major programme of investment our Oldbury site is now the largest automated commercial material recovery facility in the West Midlands, its optical sorting equipment delivering some of the industry’s highest recycling, recovery and purity rates.

“It’s important that the trucks we use should reflect our commitment to the environment and with their low-emission, Euro VI engines our Mercedes-Benz Antos fit the bill perfectly.”

Learn more about Weir Waste.

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