News in brief – 15/09/20

New Board members at London Waste and Recycling Board signal new business plan ambitions and priorities

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has today announced four new appointments to its Board to help work towards its new five-year business plan period.

The business plan is focused on accelerating London’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy and driving down the capital’s consumption-based emissions, reducing waste and increasing recycling.

The latest additions to the board are coming at a time when pressure is mounting on London councils to rebuild a greener city following the Covid-19 lockdown.

The new appointees are: Chantelle Nicholson (chef owner of Tredwells restaurant), Claire Holland (Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council and Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee), Joe Murphy (leader of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Network) and Krupa Sheth (Councillor in the London Borough of Brent and current Cabinet Member for Environment).

Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network celebrates 100th food-sharing hub opening in East Ayrshire

HRH The Prince of Wales opens the 100th Community Frdge at Dumfries HouseThe Community Fridge Network, run by environmental charity Hubbub, has launched its 100th fridge at Dumfries House to help bring together the local community of East Ayrshire and tackle food waste.

Dumfries House is the headquarters of The Prince’s Foundation. The Prince of Wales hosted the opening of the fridge on Friday (11 September) in the former mining communities of Auchinleck and Cumnock.

The fridge is run by volunteers and provides a social space for local residents to learn about food, sustainable eating, growing your own and eating on a budget, while providing surplus food to the community.

With the opening of the 100th community fridge, the network is redistributing an average of 975 tonnes of food surplus per year, the equivalent of approximately 1.9 million meals.

The first community fridge was opened in 2016 in Derbyshire and the idea has been rolled out in communities across the UK. They differ from food banks as they are available for anyone to use and offer a more sociable experience to their visitors.

Valpak sign up to Resource Efficient Data

Cardiff-based start-up Resource Efficient Data has agreed a deal with Valpak to provide UK waste data flow insight for the next twelve months.

Resource Efficient Data’s platform houses open source data from Waste Data Flow and allows ease of interrogation of the data including by material type, material source, local authority, region, by quarter or annual measurements, and more.

James Skidmore, Head of Consulting, Valpak said: “Using the Resource Efficient Data platform has been incredibly helpful in allowing Valpak to analyse large quantities of data very quickly, and perform comparison and sensitivity analysis that previously may have been a very long and complex undertaking.”

Resource Efficient Data works with waste management data to solve problems, inform decisions and drive improvements.

The platform is part of a range of services that can help organisations streamline their decision making in the UK marketplace. Resource Efficient Data’s products are also used by trade associations, not-for-profits and packaging compliance companies.

Acumen Waste Services secures 10-year contract with tech company Dsposal

Acumen Waste Services team photoManchester-based waste tech company Dsposal has signed a 10-year contract with Acumen Waste Services for its waste compliance software.

The deal will also include the launch of a new service for users of the Dsposal Directory allowing them to access waste management services directly from Acumen easily through their devices.

Acumen Finance Director, Kris Sutton, commented: “Our long-term partnership with Dsposal demonstrates our commitment to lead tech development within the waste sector. We continue to invest in technology that captures and integrates waste data real time to enhance compliance and transparency of reporting for our customers.”

Sophie Walker, COO and Co-Founder of Dsposal, added: “Compliance and waste duty of care is at the heart of what we do and we’re proud to have secured this deal with a waste company that takes these as seriously as we do.”

Glass recycling company Recresco purchases Ellesmere Port site in multimillion-pound deal

Glass recycling company Recresco has completed a multimillion-pound deal with Peel Ports to purchase the Ellesmere Port site the company has rented for the past 12 years.

This follows a number of other significant investments recently made by the company. It will give Recresco more freedom to develop its operations and will provide employment opportunities to the people of Cheshire.

Recresco, founded in Norfolk in 1978 and headquartered in Nottingham operates an additional site at Cwmbran, South Wales.

The Ellesmere Port site is its largest facility, covering approximately 12 acres and is ideally situated for recycling operations, being well served via road, rail link and the Greater Manchester Ship Canal.

The move to purchase the land at Ellesmere Port, forms part of Recresco’s growth strategy which also includes upgrading existing facilities and investment in the latest plant machinery.