News in Brief – 20/11/19
Waste management company FCC Environment has been officially recognised for its commitment to industry best practice, receiving certification to the latest versions of four globally recognised standards across all 248 of the company’s sites.
The awards confirm certification in: ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems), ISO 50001 (Energy Management Systems), and ISO 45001 (Occupational health and safety).
The assessments for all four standards were carried out in April by BSI, the business improvement company, and involved 26 audits at 15 sites.
“Everyone at FCC Environment is keenly aware of the need for exceptional performance when it comes to our approach to the environment and the whole of our business has worked hard to achieve certification to all four standards,” said Paul Stokes, Head of SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment and Quality) at FCC Environment.
“This certification is vital for our business, as it provides our customers and stakeholders with reassurance that we have the necessary processes in place to control health and safety risks, manage our environmental impact and conserve energy, while maintaining quality service and satisfaction.”
The certificates were presented by Andrew Butterfield, Global Managing Director of Built Environment at BSI. He commented: “By gaining certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and ISO 45001, FCC Environment has demonstrated that they are carrying out best practice in quality management, environmental management, energy management and health and safety. Certification to these standards will bring a number of benefits helping FCC Environment to increase stakeholder confidence, enhance their business processes and improve the service to their clients.”
Read more about FCC Environment on the company’s website.
Dtangle Consultancy has been established to untangle the laws and directives relating to foodservice packaging and consumables, providing the hospitality and packaging sectors straightforward advice on best practice.
"It's been apparent that the pace of change, particularly with regard to packaging and single-use plastics, has been destabilising to virtually all companies operating across the food service supply chain, from manufacturers through to high street brands,” said John Reeves, Senior Consultant at Dtangle.
Over the last five years, Reeves has been working on changes within the sectors as well as implementing ‘Closed Loop' recycling systems for single-use plastics.
He continued: “The purpose of Dtangle will not only be able to simplify the laws and directives relating to foodservice packaging and consumables, but also to provide straightforward advice on how it will affect our clients' businesses together with clear mitigation strategies."
The new laws and directives currently being debated by Parliament and the devolved UK administrations will have a big impact on the foodservice and packaging sector. Initiatives under discussion include the introduction of a deposit return scheme; the reform of packaging producer responsibility; more consistent recycling systems for both households and businesses; and taxes and bans on specific single-use products.
Stephen Hoey, CEO of the IG Group and one of the largest independent suppliers of non-food consumables to the UK hospitality industry said: "The creation of Dtangle has come at an opportune time for businesses like ours who need expert insight into how future legislation could impact upon our business".
Find out more about Dtangle on the company’s website.
Waste and recycling broker, UKWSL, has established a partnership with Wales-based charity Bags of Hope UK to provide bags, suitcases and holdalls to children and young people so they can use them throughout their journey in the care system.
The first donation of 33 suitcases and rucksacks was made recently by one of UKWSL’s key customers. These items will be given to young people in south Wales in order to prevent them having to transport their belongings in bin liners and shopping bags, making their transition to different placements as smooth and stress-free as possible.
There are currently 5,660 children in care in Wales and many face numerous placement moves, potentially resulting in separation from siblings, moving schools and disruptions to attachments and social networks.
UKWSL’s Head of External Affairs Dave Gudgeon said: “We hope that the provision of these bags to children and young people in the care system will play a small part in helping to relieve the anxiety associated with moves. By getting these bags out of the waste system and reusing them in a positive way, we are hopefully helping to improve young lives. The partnership with Bags of Hope is a great demonstration of how we can work with our customers to create both social and environmental value from the materials we manage on their behalf.”
Bags Of Hope Project Coordinator Lisa Vranch added: “When we first started Bags of Hope in February 2017 to stop children and young people moving possessions in black bin liners who are displaced from families and living in foster care, we didn't imagine that it would grow to provide cases to hundreds of children and young people. We are proud to be supported by UKWSL which means we are now able to give suitcases and bags to even more young people across the regions. This partnership will play a key role in our sustainability.”
You can find information about Bags of Hope UK on the charity’s website.
Scandinavian furniture company, out-sider, is launching a range of products made from recycled plastic.
The range, designed for public and community spaces such as school playgrounds and play parks, is certified to the official Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
The ecolabelled furniture is made from 100 per cent recycled polyethylene plastic, of which 85 per cent comes from internal waste and production surplus. This means that any faulty products, start-up residues and old products are reused for new production, rather than being sent abroad by polluting transport to be incinerated. The other 15 per cent comes from polythene bags (the bags being used to contain the polyethylene powder), which are ground down and melted into other materials, resulting in an explosion of colour.
“Environmentally sound materials in toys, food and clothing have long been a thing. Furniture and outdoor play areas, however, have been neglected, but for us it has been a natural progression to aim for the same high standards in our products,” said Ib Mogensen, Managing Director of out-sider.
“We all have a responsibility to make the world a more sustainable place. With the new 100 per cent recycled products, we’re taking our share of that responsibility and creating more sustainable development. For us it makes good sense to start here, and we obviously hope that the rest of the industry will follow suit.”
According to Ecolabel Denmark, several public sector buyers are demanding ecolabelling in their procurement tenders – and several have policies for ecolabelled procurement.
Martin Fabiansen, Director of Ecolabelling Denmark, shared the company’s enthusiasm: “It’s good news that out-sider has decided to certify a number of their outdoor furniture to the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. Their products have an exciting function in being both furniture and play equipment, and they also have a fascinating history of production using exclusively recycled plastic.”
Fabiansen added: “Many municipalities are requesting ecolabelled products to a greater extent, while we’re also noticing a rising interest in ecolabelled construction projects.
“I think out-sider will really benefit from having ecolabelled outdoor furniture in its range when outdoor areas are built for day-care centres, housing associations and city parks, for example.”
Scottish Waste management firm Changeworks Recycling is encouraging businesses in Glasgow and Edinburgh to join in its new Change Waste Challenge to eradicate 3,000 tonnes of waste by 2022.
The company, which has recycled more than 7,000 tonnes of waste material across 3,000 client sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the past year, estimates that if its customers were to reduce general waste by 50 per cent and increase the capture of recycling materials, it would eliminate 3,000 tonnes of waste annually.
The campaign has been launched to support the Scottish Government’s mission to recycle 70 per cent of all Scotland’s waste by 2025 – part of its Zero Waste Plan, which includes banning all biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) from being sent to landfill by 2025.
The #ChangeWasteChallenge is geared towards changing behaviours and perceptions about waste, particularly with regards to food, to enable businesses to better understand its true impact and encourage more effective recycling.
Global investment management organisation Franklin Templeton, which has premises in Edinburgh, was the first company to sign up to the challenge. Paul Collins, Senior Vice President and Head of Trading and Operations at Franklin Templeton, said: “We are pleased to support the Change Waste Challenge to increase recycling and reduce waste in our Edinburgh office. At Franklin Templeton, we want to ensure we are doing as much as we can to reduce waste in the workplace and help the environment. By engaging with and educating our employees about the true impact of waste and encouraging recycling, we believe we can make a difference in helping change behaviours about waste.”
Forbes Connor, Managing Director of Changeworks Recycling, added: “We are calling on our client base and other businesses in Edinburgh and Glasgow to join us on our mission to eradicate more waste and protect our planet. We all have a responsibility and we can all do more, so sign up to our #ChangeWasteChallenge and help us eradicate waste, recycle more and protect our planet.”
For more information on the campaign, follow the hashtag #ChangeWasteChallenge.