Resource Round-Up 23/11/22 - Vodafone, Plastipak, Hopkinson Waste Group and NGE
A round-up of news from the waste and resources industry, including Plastipak, Hopkinson Waste Group, NGE and Vodafone:
UK-founded Plastipak, specialising in the design, manufacturing and recycling of plastic containers, has announced the opening of a recycling facility at its manufacturing site in Toledo, Spain. The new recycling facility could convert polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flake into ‘food-grade’ recycled PET (rPET) pellets – suitable for direct use in new preforms, bottles and containers.
According to Plastipak, the facility could produce 20,000 tonnes of food-grade (non-toxic and safe for consumption) recycled pellets per year and eliminate recycled resin transport-related emissions as it is co-located at the company’s current manufacturing site.
To support on-site energy generation, the recycling facility will feature ‘energy-saving technologies and equipment’ such as the rooftop installation of 1800 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. Plastipak has predicted these PV panels to generate more than 1339 MWh of electricity per year, consumed entirely on-site and saving more than 443 tonnes of CO2 per year through the avoidance of consumption of electricity from the national grid.
Pedro Martins, Plastipak’s Executive Managing Director Europe, said: “The use of rPET is a key tool in reducing our customer’s Scope three related emissions and forms an important part of their ESG-packaging related commitments. As well as supporting our customers to reduce their financial obligations under the planned Spanish plastics tax, the plant will also contribute to the meeting the minimum recycled content levels mandated by the Single Use Plastics Directive.”
Hopkinson Waste Group, waste management and skip service providers in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, has acquired HR Skip Hire in Halfway, Yorkshire. The acquisition will bring together two waste management and skip hire businesses that service a broad customer base – in Sheffield, North Nottingham, Derbyshire and surrounding areas.
The businesses will operate from their 32-acre recycling centre in Derbyshire, aiming to develop and expand their customer base whilst utilising capacity withing their existing operations.
Jules Gaylor, Managing Director of the Hopkinson Waste Group, commented: “Our strategy is about acquiring and investing in companies with long term sustainable growth potential, strong ethical values, and excellent environmental credentials. HR Skip Hire is a superb fit for us.”
This acquisition follows the retirement of David Hopkinson, founder of Hopkinson Waste Group, and his sale of the business to its current owners earlier in the year. Jules added: “David created a magnificent legacy, and we are excited to be custodians and deliver this next chapter in environmental excellence”.
Construction engineering company, NGE, says it will now be able to collect and display the CO2e (CO2 equivalent) emissions generated by the fuel consumption of its plant and machinery. This will be done through a tool developed by data infrastructure platform Hiboo and may enable the company to reduce the carbon footprint of its construction worksites.
NGE says it will become the first major construction company to test Hiboo’s tool – which is expected to collect 100 per cent of the data transmitted by its plant and machinery worldwide, consisting of 2,600 separate pieces of machinery (including 1,500 items of production plant).
It has been requested by NGE that all of its equipment suppliers worldwide (for example, manufacturers, dealerships, rental companies) give Hiboo access to the data generated by all the plant and machinery in its fleet. As a result, Hiboo should be able to provide provide NGE with data covering the full range of key operating indicators such as usage, engine idling rate, fuel used, faults. These indicators are required to optimise productivity ‘worksite-by-worksite and region-by-region’.
Thierry Robert, Chief Plant and Machinery Officer at NGE Group, said: “You can’t improve something until you measure it. So we’ve been committed for several years now to a very realistic and real-world approach to this issue.
“The ability to measure the actual CO2 emissions for all the plant and machinery we operate is a major step forward, because it gives us the opportunity to work on real-life scenarios that will eventually benefit all our worksites. It also aligns our actions directly with the expectations of our customers, who want to see concrete evidence of our environmental footprint reductions. This partnership with Hiboo is an integral part of the NGE strategy to reduce GHG emissions by four per cent year-on-year.”
Vodafone has announced a global partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the telecommunications company says this move will support its goals to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2040, eliminate e-waste and encourage a more circular economy for mobile phones.
The three year ‘one million phones for the planet’ programme, starting from 22 November, aims to encourage Vodafone’s customers in Europe and Africa to hand in their old devices as part of a trade-in, for a donation to social causes, or to be recycled responsibly. The company says every phone collected during the programme will see £1, or the local equivalent, donated to WWF conservation projects across the world.
This could help Vodafone reduce its device waste and progress against its target to reuse, resell or recycle 100 per cent of its network waste. Further, through ‘strategic initiatives’ in its African and European markets – such as apps to help customers make more sustainable choices, Vodafone aims to help business customers reduce the company’s carbon emissions by 350m tonnes by 2030.
Nick Read, Vodafone Group Chief Executive, commented : “WWF and Vodafone strongly believe that we can all make greener choices about how we use technology.
“Our partnership with WWF will create new initiatives to encourage our customers to take actions that could help reduce their carbon emissions and reduce pressure on the planet’s natural resources.”