News in Brief – 22/01/20

Veolia gives advice on preventing battery fires

With fires in waste vehicles up by 37.5 per cent since 2017, Veolia is calling on the public to recycle their batteries correctly to prevent fires and preserve valuable resources.

In particular, Lithium-ion batteries – found in a number of consumer gadgets and household items – are a major source of concern, as they can set alight when thrown away and damaged by a waste collection vehicles’s compactor.

New research from YouGov, conducted on behalf of Veolia, has found that just over half of the public always remove batteries when disposing of their old electronics, and only 43 per cent of the public are aware of the dangers of damaged Lithium-ion batteries.

Veolia advises that batteries should be removed from electronic devices and placed in special disposal containers.

Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice President at Veolia UK and Ireland commented: “Battery-induced fires are a serious and, unfortunately, growing hazard that Veolia is combatting. While enjoying your new electronics this year, make sure to take care when recycling your old ones.

“The average UK resident throws away around 24.5 kilogrammes of electronics every year. These materials, if treated properly can be a gift to the planet, returning valuable resources back to be used again – so we can, for example, move to electric vehicles more rapidly with less impact from mining more resources. So take your batteries out and bring them to our HWRCs and ensure a safe 2020 for all.”

More information on how to recycle old batteries can be found on Veolia’s website.

Scott Bros uses recycled construction materials for composting curing pad

Teesside-based recycling company Scott Bros has expanded its composting operation by using recycled construction materials.

David Scott Jr pictured with a sample of the compost
David Scott Jr pictured with a sample of the compost

Demonstrating the benefits of the circular economy, Scott Bros has reclaimed sharp sand from excavation and construction waste, using this to extend the impermeable concrete pad used in the curing process. This will increase the amount of green waste able to be converted into commercial compost.

The sharp sand product is sold for use in the construction industry, reducing the need for primary materials.

Director David Scott Jr, who oversees the composting operation, commented: “This is a perfect demonstration of the benefits of Teesside’s circular economy – using recycled materials to help us recycle even more material.

“We are creating commercially viable sand from construction waste that could otherwise end up in landfill. This in turn is being used to increase our capacity to create more compost from green waste, which otherwise may also end up in landfill.

“Scott Bros is dedicated to reusing and extending the life of the earth’s resources whilst at the same time creating jobs and contributing to the region’s economy.”

You can find more information on the Scot Bros website.

Keppel Seghers supplies technology for Indian EfW plants

Environmental services company Keppel Seghers has announced it is to supply the technology for India’s first large scale energy-from-waste (EfW) plants.

Keppel Seghers has supplied technology for two EfW plants in India

The two facilities, in the cities of Ahmedabad and Rajkot, will both process 2500m³ of household waste a day, providing electricity for one million citizens. This will avoid the use of 125,000 tonnes of coal annually, reducing CO2 emissions by the equivalent of 120,000 cars.

The EfW plants will feature a football field, a visitor centre and solar panels.

The Indian Government has shown commitment to reducing the 100 million tonnes of waste produced in India each year – the Swachh Bharat, ‘Clean India’, Mission aims to clean up India’s streets, roads and infrastructure.

For more information, visit the Keppel Seghers website.

Cromwell Polythene acquires Moorgreen Flexible Packaging

Leeds-based recycling company Cromwell Polythene has acquired Moorgreen Flexible Packaging from Duo Plastics Ltd.

Based in Alfreton in Derbyshire, Moorgreen Flexible Packaging recycles and manufactures polythene, film, bags and sacks from both recycled and prime virgin polythene.

James Lee, Managing Director of Cromwell Polythene, said: “This is another exciting chapter in helping our customers reach their resource efficiency goals. We have enjoyed a good business relationship with Moorgreen for over 20 years and always admired their recycling, film extrusion and print capabilities, flexible lead times and competitive pricing.

“The dedication and skills of the workforce are self-evident and show through in the quality, presentation and performance of the films. The business is a good fit with the Cromwell group, they have excellent operations and employees are committed to the business. We are looking forward to more investment in the Alfreton site, to strengthen our UK recycling and manufacturing, furthering our ambitions to help grow the circular economy.”

Anthony Brimelow, Commercial Director at Duo UK, said: “We have seen a significant increase in client demand for products using recycled polythene to create more sustainable packaging solutions. To handle this increase in demand, the business has made the decision to sell its partner company, Moorgreen Flexible Packaging in Derbyshire to Cromwell Polythene, and will invest the funds from the sale into the expansion of our site in Manchester to accommodate the new machinery.

“As the industry is heading towards utilising a higher percentage of recycled content and reducing the dependency on virgin materials, these decisions are pivotal for our future success. The expansion of our Manchester site has come at the right time for the business and will allow us to respond to our customers’ changing requirements.”

Find more information on the Cromwell Polythene website.

Bunting expands Redditch site

Magnet design and manufacturing company Bunting is expanding its manufacturing plant and offices in Redditch, near Birmingham.

Bunting is expanding its Redditch site

Work on the expansion first started in November with the creation of additional car parking spaces for employees and visitors. Work will now commence on the plant itself, with the replacement of the existing roof, followed by the addition of two separate buildings to increase manufacturing and office space. The company intends to increase the factory floor space by 50 per cent.

The company’s output has increased significantly since the acquisition of Master Magnets in January 2017.

Adrian Coleman, General Manager of Bunting-Redditch, commented: “We design and manufacture large equipment for the mining, mineral processing and recycling industries.

“The demand for such magnetic separation technology continues to grow and we needed to rethink our manufacturing strategy. The increased manufacturing floor space will result in improved productivity with the aim of shortening production lead-times.

“The Redditch expansion is driven by increased demand. As mineral and raw material reserves dwindle, companies are forced to exploit less pure reserves and process recycled materials. Our equipment separates impurities from such materials or recovers the valuable metallic constituents, and we are seeing a significant increase in both enquiries and orders.”

You can find more information on the Bunting website