News in Brief – 14/11/19

Reconomy makes three acquisitions in three weeks

Over a three-week period, Reconomy has acquired Gosport waste management company Nationwide Services Group (NSG), Advanced Waste Solutions (AWS) and a boutique packaging compliance consultancy.

An image of a Reconomy worker

Recomony now estimates that its overall group turnover will be in excess of £330 million by the end of the year.

Commenting on the acquisitions, Reconomy Chief Executive Paul Cox said: “We’re delighted to welcome NSG, AWS and our new consultancy business into the Reconomy group.

“The additional tool and plant hire capability means we can offer an even broader range of products and services to our customers. This promises to be an exciting end to 2019 and, as ever, is testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole Reconomy team.”

Paul Smith, Managing Director of Nationwide Services, said: “We are very excited to be joining the Reconomy group, a move that we believe offers significant opportunities for the future development of NSG, our customers and our people. Our strengths are complimentary, meaning that both companies, as well as our customers, will benefit.”

Further information can be found on the Reconomy website.

Geminor ships waste wood from Denmark to Latvia

Geminor has announced that it has exported the first waste wood shipment from Denmark to Latvia.

Geminor's waste wood export

The cargo, which left Køge, outside of Copenhagen, on 23 October and arrived in Riga on 25 October, contained grade A2 crushed waste wood for the panelboard industry in Latvia.

Christian Shaarup, Account and Development Manager at Geminor in Denmark, commented: “We are experiencing an increased demand for waste wood in Eastern Europe. Shipping the first load of Danish waste wood to Riga is a milestone for our industry and a substantial Danish contribution to the sustainable circular economy.

“The shipment is part of the long-term 25,000-tonne annual contract Geminor holds with Denmark’s biggest waste recovery company, Vestforbrænding. Most of the waste wood of A2 quality is normally recovered in Denmark, but due to a sudden halt in both Danish and German demand, Geminor is finding new harbours for the wood.

“Finding new offtakers is part of the constant job of keeping up with a fluctuating market. This applies as much to waste wood as it does to other secondary raw materials, which is directed depending on availability, demand and sometimes regulation. This is why every project needs to be based on several producers and offtakers.”

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

DS Smith signs contract with Co-op

Recycling company DS Smith has signed a new five-year contract with Co-op, building on an existing ten-year partnership.

DS Smith's Kemsley Paper Mill
DS Smith's Kemsley Paper Mill

As part of the new contract, DS Smith will recycle over 55,000 tonnes of Co-op cardboard packaging at the company’s Kemsley paper mill in Kent – the second largest recycled paper mill in Europe.

Commenting on the partnership, James Williams, Account Director at DS Smith, said: “It’s great knowing that we’ll be collaborating with Co-op for another five years – both companies are focused on deploying a closed-loop approach through the whole supply chain, with the aim of minimising impact to the environment as much as possible.”

Abbie Case, Category Manager at Co-op, added: “Reducing our environmental impact is, and always has been, at the heart of Co-op’s efforts, and we are delighted to continue our relationship with DS Recycling, who are helping us to achieve this.”

You can find more information on DS Smith’s website.

New board game promotes the value of waste

A new educational board game has been developed by Focus Games Ltd to educate school children about sustainability.

The game, which challenges players to develop their community through understanding the value of waste, has also been used as a training aid for workplaces.

Entitled the ‘Bioeconomy Game’, the board game has been developed in collaboration with the MeLoop Foundation in India and the THYME Project, a North of England project designed to improve the productivity of the bioeconomy in Yorkshire, the Humber and the Tees Valley. The game is also available in digital format which can be played on a mobile device.

Penny Cunningham, THYME Operations Director, said: “The THYME project, funded by Research England, actively engages with schools and the general public to educate and inspire others on the bioeconomy. By working closely with BioVale, the UK’s only innovation cluster for the bioeconomy, we developed a fun way to get across the message about sustainability and the innovative approaches that are available for waste.”

Melvin Bell, a Director at Focus Games, added: “This game is a fantastic learning opportunity for all ages. It helps players understand how communities can make more from their waste, develop their understanding of how products are made from renewable resources and are used to support sustainable growth in their area.”

To find out more, visit the Bioeconomy Game website.

Greenredeem helps Wokingham residents increase food waste recycling

Communications platform Greenredeem has partnered with Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) to encourage residents to recycle food waste.

An image of food waste in a caddy

The communications company has designed a bespoke marketing plan to support the rollout of WBC’s food waste collection service, including videos, blog articles, quizzes, pledges and weekly campaign emails.

In six months, WBC’s food waste recycling service has seen 2,450 tonnes collected for recycling and the borough has experienced an overall diversion in residual waste of 2,805 tonnes.

Speaking at the recent LARAC conference, Irum Gulzar, Specialist in Waste Management and Education at WBC, said: “Greenredeem provide a valuable digital communications tool for us to encourage food waste participation in a fun and engaging way!”

Matthew Ball, Managing Director at Greenredeem, added: “With proposals from government for all local authorities to introduce separate weekly food waste collections from 2023 (as set out in the Resources and Waste Strategy), implementing and ensuring the success of these collections is key. This is where clear, consistent communications are integral to motivating behaviour change.

“We believe that providing a digital communications channel directly to residents that links action and reward will allow more councils to reach their targets and increase participation in new recycling services whilst at the same time reducing waste.”

You can find more information about Greenredeem on the company’s website.