News in Brief – 20/02/20

Reconomy generates £1m in social value

Waste management services company Reconomy has generated £1,118,783 in social value.

Reconomy generates £1m in social value

The Reconomy Social Value Programme (RSVP), which is part of the company’s Sustainability Strategy, has two main objectives: bridging gaps for young people in care and breaking barriers for ex-offenders and the homeless.

One example of RSVP in action is Reconomy’s partnership with Barratt Homes in a housebuilding project employing ex-offenders as on-site waste managers, which has generated £132,784 social value in less than a year whilst also helping to reduce waste volumes on the site by 15 per cent.

The social value figures have been calculated using the Social Value Portal and National TOMS Framework.

Commenting on the announcement, Reconomy’s CEO Paul Cox said: “I’d like to thank all our employees, customers and suppliers for enabling us to reach this milestone figure. We recognise that meeting our social, as well as our commercial and environmental obligations is vital to us realising our full potential as a business.

“Our ability to accurately measure the social value we create, using a recognised, well respected and independent system is vital as it provides total transparency and traceability. This evidence-based approach is very important to our customers.”

For more information visit the Reconomy website.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority announces £165,000 fund

£165,000 worth of funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and reuse and prevent carbon emissions.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority has announced a £165,000 fund

The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2020/21, which has been running annually since 2006, will award up to £30,000 for schemes that operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1,000 and £8,000 for projects that work at one local authority level.

Projects must tackle one or more of the four priority materials: food, plastics, textiles and furniture.

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), said: “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items such as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“We’ve seen that previous projects have continued to deliver benefits beyond the first year, through their legacy and ongoing impact on behavioural change, and in many cases through new or continuing activities. We’re excited to see what projects come in.”

Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to reduce food waste, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale.

The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2020. More information is available on the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority website.

Veolia launches ‘Expect Respect’ scheme in West Berkshire

Veolia has partnered with West Berkshire Council to launch a new scheme to help the waste workforce manage the regular abuse they receive from the public.

L to R: Richard Hulland, Sara Perry, Kofi Adu-Gyamfi, Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter
L to R: Richard Hulland, Sara Perry, Kofi Adu-Gyamfi, Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter

Entitled ‘Expect Respect’, the training programme is being implemented by a dedicated People Development Team across West Berkshire before being rolled out nationwide.

The training programme has gained a Princess Royal Training Award (PRTA), presented by HRH Princess Anne at a ceremony at St James’ Palace in London last October.

Richard Hulland, Chief Risk and Assurance Officer, Veolia UK and Ireland, commented: “This training programme shows the commitment Veolia has not only to learning and people development, but for the wellbeing of employees too.

“With safety as the first strategic objective of our company, the need for employees to be given the knowledge and training required to protect themselves from incidents of abuse by members of the public is very important. We welcome the support West Berkshire has given this initiative and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them.”

Councillor Steve Ardagh-Walter, West Berkshire Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “We are pleased to support this new initiative with Veolia as everyone should be able to go to work without fear of abuse, and it is important to remind people to be patient and drive carefully around collection vehicles as people are working in the roads. The work Veolia’s employees do in our area is key to helping us to keep our area tidy, and protect our environment, and I wholeheartedly support their right to expect respect.”

For more information visit the Veolia website.

Coveya launches Swan Neck conveyor

Bristol-based conveyor systems manufacturer Coveya Ltd has launched its first ‘Swan Neck’ conveyor.

Coveyer's Swan Neck conveyer

The new conveyor, which is described by the company as ‘perfect for the recycling industry’, enables the movement of bulky, low-density materials into a hopper or other delivery system.

Key features include: belt widths of 600 milimetres (mm), 900mm and 1200mm, belt speeds from 0.3 metres per second (m/s) to 0.9m/s, total length of up to 25 metres and an inverted 35-degree bend that gives discharge heights of up to six metres

Carsten Herbert, Sales Director at Coveya Ltd commented: “With a commitment to delivering quality conveyor products to sector customers across the UK and further afield, we are delighted to supply the ‘Swan Neck’ conveyor as part of our conveyer offering.

“With a real commitment to quality products and customer service, the new ‘Swan Neck’ is designed to enable the efficient movement of recycling materials, happily sitting alongside a range of other conveyor products that enable the efficient movement of recycling waste where it is needed.”

You can find more information on the Coveya website.

TOMRA previews Express returns

Reverse vending machine manufacturer TOMRA has unveiled an ‘Express returns’ concept for its TOMRA R1 machine, allowing users to leave the machine whilst it automatically processes their containers.

A TOMRA R1 with Express

The Express system, which is the first completely automated container recycling experience, removes the need for recyclers to manually handle each container or wait at the machine to receive a voucher.

With capacity to receive over 100 empty drinks containers in one go, the TOMRA R1 is currently available in Norway and Sweden, and will soon be rolled out to Germany and other markets, with retailers invited to test the Express concept.

When using a TOMRA R1 equipped with Express, users start by scanning a QR code on the machine’s display screen, before pouring in their containers and closing the lid. The recycling refund will then be received electronically once the processing is complete.
Harald Henriksen, Head of TOMRA Collection Solutions, commented: “TOMRA R1 with Express returns is like the self-driving car of container recycling, Hands-free, mess-free and wait-free, this fundamentally transforms the way people recycle.”

More information can be found on the TOMRA website.