News in brief 29/11/13

ENVIRON Principal given global role

Niall Smiddy, UK Managing Principal of environmental consultancy ENVIRON has been elected to its global board.

The role of the global board is to work with ENVIRON’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve Washburn, and Chief Operating Officer, Tom Vetrano, to provide ‘strategic direction’ for the business.

Smiddy was chosen to be one of the six members of the global board by the company’s 140 principals worldwide. His term will run for three years.

On his appointment, Smiddy said: “Outside the U.S., the UK is ENVIRON’s largest business unit so this is an important time to be involved in shaping the company’s future direction and helping position it for further international growth.”

ENVIRON’s UK offices can be founds in London, Bath, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, Maidstone and Manchester.

Read more about the work of ENVIRON.

School food waste diverted from landfill

(L-R) Neil Stallard, Director of Alpha Logic, Bernie Evans, Head Teacher at Hyde Park Junior School and Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Environment.

Waste management firm Alpha Logic is to provide a food waste recycling service for Plymouth City Council’s primary schools.

Under the three-year agreement, Alpha Logic will run a daily food waste collection service for 78 council-managed schools, before using an anaerobic digestion facility at Langage Farm to process the organic matter. The arrangement is expected to diver between 400 and 500 tonnes of food waste from landfill.

Plymouth City Council is one of the first councils to invest in such a scheme.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Thanks to Alpha Logic and Hyde Park School for starting this particular ball rolling – it’s a great idea that we are only too happy to help implement to all Council-maintained schools. We are committed to looking after our environment and reusing as much of our valuable resources as possible to ensure we are a greener council and a greener city.”   

Find out more about Alpha Logic.

Recolight finalist at Green Economy Awards

The UK’s waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) compliance scheme for the lighting industry, Recolight, was selected as a ‘finalist’ of the Green Economy Awards 2013.

Supported by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the awards are intended to recognise ‘excellence in environmental responsibility’.

Recolight entered the ‘Resource Management (Circular economy)’ category, which focused on resource efficiency, waste elimination and recycling, and reuse initiatives. It's 'Making lamp recycling happen' campaign was chosen as a finalist for the category. The award winner was infrastructure services provider FM Conway for ‘Driving success on London's roads’.

Suzanne Castine, Marketing Manager for Recolight, commented: “We are pleased to have been named a finalist at the Green Economy Awards, in recognition of Recolight’s dedication to making lamp recycling easy and cost effective for all.”

Read more about Recolight or find out about the other successes at the Green Economy Awards.

Bogus charity collections in Stockport

Residents in Stockport have been warned that charity bags delivered to their homes for the collection of unwanted clothing and household items may be ‘bogus’.

The warning was made by Stockport Council’s Licensing team after seeing an increase in the number of collection bags claiming to collect on behalf of charity, but in fact being illegitimate. Any household collection requires a licence from the council but representatives of the authority say that many of the charities running household collections have not been given permission.

Councillor Stuart Bodsworth, Executive Member for Communities and Sustainability, said: “We have seen an increase in the number of charity collection bags delivered to Stockport homes but many of these are bogus collections which deprive genuine charities of vital donations.
“We will look to take legal action if we have evidence that collections are bogus and unlicensed.  Before you donate, you can check if a charity is licensed and genuine by emailing [email protected] or phoning 0161 474 4311”.  

Visit the Stockport Council’s licensing page.

Recycling support for space centre

A recycling company in Lancashire is helping to fund the upkeep of a space centre in Preston specially designed for use by disabled children.

Over the next two years, Remsol will donate a percentage of the proceeds it makes from recycling to help ensure that the multi-sensory facility remains open. As part of the 'Recycle for Good' initiative, the waste management company is encouraging more businesses to sign up to its services.

Lee Petts, Managing Director of Remsol, said: “This is about raising much needed funds to sustain the Space Centre, and to help those families who are less fortunate than our own and who rely on the Space Centre for vital support.”

Hilary Holden, Fundraising Officer at the Space Centre, added: “We need companies, who perhaps maybe aren’t recycling - as they should be - to get in touch with Remsol, because the more companies that do it, the more people are recycling, and the more money the Space Centre will get.”

Find out more about Remsol.

Hills to manage leisure park waste

(L-R): Simon Collins, Account Manager for Hills Waste Solutions with Oliver Mann, Operations Manager at Center Parcs, Longleat

Hills Waste Solutions has secured a three-year contract to deliver waste management services at Centre Parcs’ Longleat Village in Wiltshire. The waste management firm will deliver ‘general and recyclable waste collection services’ to the leisure park but this will not include food waste.

The initial focus will be on increasing the frequency of recycling container collections from fortnightly to weekly. General waste collections will be made twice weekly. 

Under the contract, the company intends to ‘maximise recycling performance’ and achieve ‘zero waste to landfill’.

Simon Collins, Account Manager for Hills, said: “We will be working closely with Center Parcs’ site management team to establish the success of the increased availability of recycling services and offer suggestions on educational initiatives for staff and guests to reinforce recycling habits.  For that which cannot be recycled, we have the facilities to treat and extract resource from waste to ensure the zero waste to landfill target is achieved.”

Find out more about the services offered by Hills Waste Solutions