News in Brief – 14/02/20

Recolight appoints new Board members

Recolight, WEEE compliance scheme for the UK lighting industry, has announced the appointment of two new Board members, Andrew Clark of Feilo Sylvania and David Nauth of Tungsram.

Andrew Clark
Andrew Clark

David Nauth
David Nauth

Nauth, Commercial Director at Tungram, has over 20 years of experience in lighting and electronics, whilst Clark, an Accountant at Feilo Sylvania, has worked for the company for 15 years.

Clark and Nauth join Andreas Adam, Senior Director of LEDVANCE, who joined the Recolight Board in 2016, and Maurice Spee, Director for Collection and Recycling at Signify, who joined as Chair of the Board in 2019.

Announcing the news, Recolight Chief Executive Nigel Harvey commented: “We are delighted that Andrew and David are joining our Board. Their breadth of knowledge of management in the lighting sector will be a significant help as Recolight’s strategy continues to evolve.”

Commenting on his appointment, Clark said: “I join Recolight in exciting times. Scheme membership is increasing, and there is a great team of dedicated staff. I look forward to working with the board as the business continues to grow.”

Nauth added: “I am delighted to be joining the Recolight board. I look forward to contributing to Recolight as the company responds to the challenge of an expanded WEEE scope with a new range of services. ”

You can find more information on the Recolight website.

Reconomy acquires ACM Environmental

Reconomy has announced the acquisition of Waltham Abbey-based ACM Environmental.

An image of a Reconomy officer

With over 25 years’ experience, ACM provides commercial waste management for a range of sectors, including hotels, shopping centres, retail, manufacturing and zoos. They offer a full-service waste and recycling approach and a range of on-site equipment, in use at locations such as London Zoo.

This announcement follows four acquisitions in 2019 and a combined revenue of over £330 million on a pro-forma basis by the end of the year.

Commenting on the acquisition, Reconomy Chief Executive Paul Cox said: “Reconomy had an exciting end to 2019, concluding acquisitions that broadened our product offer and strengthened our position for our core sectors. We’re delighted to build on that with this exciting deal, which adds innovation and extra capability to the group. We welcome all of our new ACM Environmental colleagues to the Reconomy family and look forward to successful times ahead.”

Travis Way, Managing Director of ACM Environmental, said: “Our focus on innovation, technology and customer service fits neatly with the Reconomy ethos. Their recent growth has been phenomenal and ACM is looking forward to helping to drive that even further afield.”

You can find more information on the Reconomy website.

Manchester Metropolitan University develops digital tool to combat waste crime

Manchester Metropolitan University has partnered with green tech company Dsposal to develop digital tools to help staff understand their waste obligations.

From left to right: Mark Miles and Rosie Barker from MMU, and Sophie Walker and Georgios Rovolis from Dsposal
From left to right: Mark Miles and Rosie Barker from MMU, and Sophie Walker and Georgios Rovolis from Dsposal

The university is looking to simplify its waste management systems ahead of legislative changes which will hold waste producers increasingly responsible for where their waste ends up.

Working with Dsposal, the university has developed two digital training modules covering how to complete hazardous waste consignment notes and how to correctly determine if waste was hazardous or non-hazardous.

Rosie Barker, Waste and Recycling Manager at Manchester Metropolitan, said: “We are an award-winning university for sustainability and take our waste compliance very seriously.

“I was really impressed with Dsposal’s approach, which was not like anything else I’d seen in this sector; it was intuitive and easy-to-use and I was keen to explore if we could develop some digital training modules together to help our staff understand their duty of care to waste.

“We have recently piloted the modules with a small team, the feedback so far has been great, and we aim to roll out more widely to staff later this year. From just the pilot training, staff have proactively identified and resolved issues with consignment notes, which show just how effective the modules are.”

Sophie Walker, COO and Co-Founder of Dsposal, commented: “Empowering waste producers to make better decisions with their waste is critical to moving to a more resource efficient future and the first step in that is making it easier for everyone to meet their legal obligations to waste.

“The opportunity to co-develop a new user-friendly way to deliver knowledge and guidance on waste with a pioneering university like Manchester Metropolitan has been brilliant. We’re now offering these modules to all our customers as part of our holistic compliance services and exploring other topics to add to our online training library.

“With the industry on the cusp of a digital transformation and all the legislative changes that are on the horizon it’s vital that organisations embrace technology that can help them through this complex and changing landscape.”

You can find out more on the Manchester Metropolitan University and Dsposal websites.

Keenan Recycling secures £5-million SUEZ contract renewal

Keenan Recycling has secured a further five-year contract with SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, with an estimated value of £5 million, on behalf of Aberdeen City Council.

Having delivered the service for 18 years, the renewed contract will see the Aberdeen-based organic waste recycling company recycle all household garden and food waste from the city’s brown bin service and recycling centres.

In 2008, Keenan Recycling secured a grant from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as part of an initial investment of £3.2 million to build an in-vessel composting facility (IVC) to handle the city’s organic waste.

Grant Keenan, Managing Director of Keenan Recycling, commented: “The introduction of tighter food waste recycling legislation has brought continued growth in our client base and tonnage levels. We’re pleased to continue delivering a friendly, flexible and reliable service to our long-standing local partner SUEZ and Aberdeen City Council who divert the household food waste of the almost 230,000 residents of Aberdeen from landfill to dedicated recycling facilities.

“As the pressure mounts for everyone to become more environmentally conscious in a bid to tackle climate change, more and more households want to dispose of their waste in a more sustainable way. Participating in this service allows residents to play their part in helping to save the planet.”

SUEZ Operations Manager, Colin Forshaw, added: “Here at SUEZ, we want to create a society where there is no more waste. By continuing to work with Keenan Recycling, we’ll be putting the city’s household garden and food waste to good use by turning it into compost at Keenan’s plant in New Deer. The compost will be used in the agriculture and horticulture industry instead of going to landfill. By keeping it local, we also help to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum.”

Visit the Keenan Recycling and SUEZ websites for more information.

Bollegraaf HBC50 baler celebrates 40 years

Bollegraaf’s HBC50 baler is celebrating 40 years of service, after first leaving the company’s Appingedam factory in 1980.

Bales of waste

The baler was first sold to Gero Genemuidan, who used it for over 19 years, before being sold to French waste management company Triselec Dunkerque following a retrofit in 1999. The baler has been used by Triselec ever since, creating one million bales.

Bollegraaf claims that its balers, which are finished with a water-based paint, are designed to have the lowest achievable energy consumption, the longest possible lifecycle and the highest residual value in the market. 

Serge Roulez, Head of Research and Development at Triselec, commented: “With a concern for people, nature and the environment, the Dunkerque sorting centre handles approximately 20,000 tonnes of waste per annum out of an authorised capacity of 30,000 tonnes per annum.

“Together, Bollegraaf’s HBC50 and Triselec are working to achieve Triselec’s guiding principle: to support the circular economy.

“The HBC50 is easy to maintain and operate. It’s a reliable piece of equipment! On average, the baler operates six days a week, and has already created 1,000,000 bales since leaving the factory. The combination of professional preventative maintenance, a high-quality product and skilled operators result in a baler that’s up to the task (almost) every day.”

Further information can be found on the Bollegraaf website.