News in Brief 26/05/17

Casepak renews its vows with Rutland with three-year waste contract

UK recycling company Casepak has been awarded a three-year contract to process 3,800 tonnes per annum of Rutland County Council’s mixed recyclables after the contract was put out to tender earlier this year.

The contract began at the start of May 2017 after the competitive selection process and continues Casepak’s relationship with Rutland County Council. with the two having worked together since 2011.

Casepak will be responsible for processing a variety of waste materials such as glass bottles and jars, paper, cardboard, metal packaging, aluminium foil, plastic packing, plastic bottles and cartons, and household batteries, with recyclable items being collected through a co-mingled kerbside collection service for 17,000 homes in Rutland, which currently has a 59 per cent recycling rate.

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Casepak's MRF facility

The collected recyclable will then be taken to Casepak’s £21-million MRF facility, which has an annual processing capacity of 150,000 tonnes of material, near Leicester for sorting and processing.

Dave Brown, Director for Places (Environment, Planning and Transport) at Rutland County Council, said: “We are pleased to be working with Casepak on what is an important service area for the council.  Rutland is consistently ranked among the top performing local authorities in the country when it comes to recycling and we’re confident our partnership with Casepak will allow us to carry on this good performance.”

Georgina Cullen, Business Development Director at Casepak, added: “We are delighted to continue our long-s tanding and valued relationship with Rutland County Council. Over the past six years, Casepak has helped the council to exceed its recycling targets and it is very encouraging to see Rutland consistently among the top performing local authorities for recycling.”

More information on Casepak can be found on the company’s website.

HSBC funds help get Croydon waste start-up off the ground

Able Waste Services Limited, a waste management company based in Croydon, has successfully launched its operations thanks to a funding boost from HSBC as part of its £4 million commitment to support start-up businesses and SMEs in South London.

The funding was used to purchase new state-of-the-art machinery including a Trommel screen, which allows the efficient separation and organiszation of waste materials using a mechanical screening machine, and to increase its fleet of trucks to meet rising demand for services.

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Able Waste's new fleet of refuse trucks
Able Waste, a start-up, now employs over 30 people and provides its demolition and skip hire services across London.

Ilir Berisha, Founder of Able Waste Services, said: “When I was originally employed as a builder, I noticed the increase in waste disposal costs. At first, I wanted to cut costs so I could pass savings onto my clients but then I realised I could make the waste disposal process more efficient and environmentally friendly. With the financial support and professional assistance of HSBC, we have been able to develop a state-of-the-art waste management site which can process 150 tonnes of rubbish a day and remove 98 per cent% of recyclable material.”

Lucy Wynn, HSBC’s Area Director for Business Banking in South London, said: “We are delighted to see that Able Waste is now a strong provider for the community and has provided great employment opportunities in Croydon. Start-up businesses are incredibly important to our economy and provide a significant amount of new jobs each year. In the past five years, the amount of unemployed people in this country has dropped by over one million and the creation of new businesses certainly contributes towards this drop in unemployment."

More information about Able Waste Services Limited is available on the company’s website.

Bakers Waste donate refuse truck to students at Leicestershire college

Bakers Waste, a Leicestershire-based waste management company has donated a fully functioning refuse truck to students at Stephenson College in Coalville to help them develop skills and enhance their future job prospects.

The truck, which used to collect waste around Leicestershire, will now serve as a training vehicle for students to get practical mechanical experience.

The donation is the latest development in a burgeoning relationship between the college and Bakers Waste, with two apprentices from the college’s HGV Maintenance & Repair course currently working at the company’s head office in Beaumont Leys.

On the donation, Dr. Nigel Leigh, Principal and Chief Executive of Stephenson College said: “We are very grateful for the donation Bakers Waste has made to support the delivery of our apprenticeship programme.

"The apprentices will have the opportunity to work on vehicles that they will experience in their work environments, and this supports the quality of their experience and its relevance to their employers.”  

 Bakers Waste Fleet Manager Craig Kimberlin, who completed his City & Guilds Motor Vehicle apprenticeship through the college, was on hand to present the refuse truck, added: “As a former Motor Vehicle City & Guilds student at Stephenson College, I am extremely excited by the opportunity to present the college with a vehicle that is relevant to the industry and one that the students can familiarise themselves with.

"We believe this is an investment in Leicestershire motor vehicle education and are incredibly proud to be contributing.” More information about Bakers Waste can be found on the company's website.

Former Energy Minister Baroness Verma joins REA board

Baroness Verma has joined the board of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) as an independent Non-Executive Board member.

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Baroness Verma with REA CEO Nina Skorupska

She will be responsible for looking into the strategic role of renewables and clean technology in the UK as well as looking at opportunities for British services and manufacturing in overseas, emerging markets.

Verma arrives with a wealth of government experience, serving as Energy Minister in the coalition Government where she brought the Energy Act 2013 through the House of Lords, before moving on to serve as a Minister in the Department for International Development in 2015, whereshe was responsible for climate and the environment.

Commenting on the appointment, REA Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, said: “I’m thrilled to have Sandip [Baroness Verma] join the team, as a former energy and international development minister she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board, coupled with a business history that will understand our member’s needs.

Meanwhile, Baroness Verma herself added: “I’m delighted to join the REA board at such a crucial time for the industry. The position of the renewables sector is unrecognisable to when I joined DECC in 2012. The cost curves have beaten even optimistic projections and are now competitive, cheaper in some circumstances, than fossil alternatives.

With storage and smart technologies already a reality, the opportunities for the UK to lead the world in these areas is one we cannot afford to waste and I look forward to working with REA members in this.”  

You can view information on what the REA does on its website.

Student cracks eggshell waste conundrum with disposable tableware

A product design student at Edinburgh Napier University has come up with an idea of using eggshells to make a range of disposable tableware, presenting her design at the University’s More Than A Degree Show, an annual showcase of creative and design talent at the institution.

Martina Zupan, a 26-year-old in her fourth year at the University, has designed and produced a product called ‘Collegtion’, which is currently patent pending, formed of a disposable plate with tearaway disposable cutlery attached – all made from waste eggshells.

The idea arose from the lack of recycling options for the 75,000 tonnes of eggshell waste resulting from the 12.5 billion eggs consumed each year in the UK. 

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Martina Zupan with 'Colleggtion'

Some eggshell waste is used domestically, in restaurants and recycled in food waste bins, but last year more than 17,000 tonnes of eggshell waste still went to landfill.

Zupan said: “The idea literally came to me one day as I was making scrambled eggs in the house and after some extensive research I found that despite eggshells carrying a range of beneficial components, very little was actually being done to upcycle waste product.

“I tested eggshell powder in a range of formats – including adding it to muffins, into plaster for egg cups and even cement and other resins but it was the tableware idea that really caught my imagination.

“Very few know of the benefits that eggshells can bring to the environment. With this project, eggshell waste could not only be prevented and reduced, but eggshells would be recycled into a valuable product. Being fully compostable means the tableware can be disposed of together with food waste, which will then be, with the help of anaerobic digestion, turned into biogases which act as a source of green energy as well as nutrient-rich bio-fertiliser. It has massive potential.”