2 April 2020 by James Langley

News in brief (02/04/20)

With news on: JCB extends suspension of UK production; Egbert Taylor reports 4.4% business growth; MRWA issues household waste advice; and, Lancashire-based mattress recycler named recycling hero.


JCB extends suspension of UK production

JCB has announced it is extending its suspension of UK production until at least the end of April as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

With the measures initially announced on 19 March (see letsrecycle.com story), the equipment manufacturer said it would continue to pay employees unable to work during this time 80% of their basic pay.

A JCB Hydradig 110W Wastemaster

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “These are certainly unprecedented times and none of us expected to find ourselves in this situation.

“In announcing that all those JCB colleagues asked not to work will receive 80% of their pay, we hope to remove any financial concerns that many people will undoubtedly have had.”

JCB says it intends to make an application to the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme to help offset the cost of supporting its employees.


Egbert Taylor reports 4.4% business growth

Worcester-based container manufacturer Egbert Taylor has reported business growth of 4.4% after the firm boosted revenue from £12.8m in 2018 to £13.4m in 2019.

The company’s chief executive Brendan Murphy attributed the success to an emphasis on growing turnover, sustaining growth margins and tight control over operating costs and overheads.

Egbert Taylort boosted revenue from £12.8m in 2018 to £13.4m in 2019

Mr Murphy said: “Whilst we have continued to keep a close eye on costs there are two key areas that have driven growth. Firstly, international demand for products under the Taylor brand continues to grow year on year.

“Secondly, our commitment to sourcing 90 per cent of raw materials from within the UK has reduced our exposure to international supply chain volatility.”

Egbert Taylor says the business’s export division now accounts for 47% of container sales, up from 21% in 2018.

However, concerns remain the coronavirus pandemic could mean supply chain issues and an inadequate provision of raw materials from overseas.

Mr Murphy said: “Last year was an exceptional year for the business and we’re delighted with the results. However, the current pandemic means that we’ve now entered a period of uncertainty. As a result, it’s important that we continue to be prudent over the next 12 months as Egbert Taylor, like many other businesses, manages the fallout from the coronavirus while providing continuity of service to its domestic and international customer base.”


Lancashire-based mattress recycler named recycling hero

The founder and managing director of Lancashire-based soft furnishing recyclers the Furniture Recycling Group was named one of the world’s top recycling heroes by the Global Recycling Foundation.

With the world’s top 10 recycling heroes announced to mark Global Recycling Day on 18 March, Nick Oettinger was recognised for his dedication to tackling the UK’s mattress recycling problem.

Nick Oettinger is founder and managing director of the Furniture Recycling Group

He received a $1,000 prize which he has committed to fund the Furniture Recycling Group’s continued research and development programme.

Mr Oettinger said: “It’s an absolute honour to have been recognised as one of the world’s recycling heroes. My strategy has always been to take the opportunities that are worth the risk.

“We’re exceptionally fortunate to have an amazing team of hard-working staff that drive TFR Group and its initiatives forward.

“This has enabled TFR Group to go from strength to strength since launching more than eight years ago.”

The Furniture Recycling Group works with UK businesses and local authorities to recycle and repurpose mattress materials.


MRWA issues household waste advice

Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) has put together a list of tips, advice and ideas on how to manage the amount of household waste created during the coronavirus pandemic.

It can be viewed in its entirety here.

MRWA is still collecting household recycling across Merseyside

The closure of the region’s household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) means MRWA advises not undertaking DIY or home improvements and keeping any bulky household waste safe, dry and secure for when the sites reopen.

Merseyside residents are also reminded waste should not left outside HWRCs, as this may be classed as fly tipping.

MRWA says textiles should be put aside until they can be taken to a donation point or reused as cloths instead of disposable wipes. It also recommends repairing clothes with holes in.

And, MRWA says those that can should compost their grass cuttings and hedge trimmings.

Established in 1986, MRWA is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on behalf of the local authorities in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

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