8 November 2019 by Lucy Pegg

News in brief (08/11/19)

With news on; Smurfit Kappa launches new food-safe packaging; Northampton homes move to wheeled bins; Viridor employ ‘pester power’ with packed lunch scheme; B&M first in North West to earn DVSA accreditation, and; Danish brand launches 100% recycled socks.

Smurfit Kappa launches new food-safe packaging

Smurfit Kappa has launched a food-safe packaging in partnership with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper.

Smurfitt Kappa and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper have launched a new fully-recyclable food-safe packaging

The innovation is part of the company’s Better Planet packaging initiative and combines Smurfit Kappa’s expertise in paper-based packaging with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper’s strength in coated papers. The product has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Swiss Packaging Awards.

The outer board-based packaging was made from Smurfit Kappa’s MB12 packaging solution, which has built-in absorption technology to protect against aromas and possible migration of substances. The inner packaging uses Mitsubishi HiTec Paper’s BARRICOTE barrier paper, which protects against moisture and grease, as well as having heat-sealing properties.

Lars Henriksson, VP of product development in the Smurfit Kappa Paper Division, said: “It has been a very interesting and collaborative process for us working with Mitsubishi HiTec Paper on this project.

“The fibres that our industry-leading paper is made from are an excellent solution for a huge range of products due to a range of attributes, not least their inherent sustainability.”

Northampton homes move to wheeled bins

Around 3,000 households in Northampton will move to wheeled bins under new plans announced by the town’s borough council and Veolia.


3,000 Northampton households will move to wheeled bins

The change is part of ongoing improvements to the waste and recycling service in Northampton, which began when Veolia took over the environmental services contract in June 2018.

The properties have been identified as having room to store wheeled bins off the street. They will receive a black bin for general waste, a blue lidded bin for dry recycling and a brown bin for garden waste. These will be collected fortnightly.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton’s cabinet member for environment, said: “During the first year of our contract with Veolia, we spent a lot of time improving the town’s environment and introducing new services that would encourage people to recycle more.

“Now we’re in our second year, we’ll continue to listen to resident feedback and to introduce more service improvements, and we know that increasing the number of residents on wheeled bin collections, will be well received.”

Viridor employs ‘pester power’ with packed lunch scheme

Viridor is helping school children to use ‘pester power’ to persuade their parents to think more about reducing, reusing and recycling waste.

The waste management company is running a waste-free packed lunch challenge with year three and four pupils from Woodstock CE Primary School in Oxfordshire. The project is part of the ‘Earth Matters’ curriculum and aims to change household resource behaviour.

The project was organised by the education team at Viridor’s Ardley Energy Recovery Facility who used packed lunches to show pupils the different types of waste that could come from their packed lunch and how to sort the materials into recycling, non-recycling and food.

Lisa Rowe, Woodstock CE Primary headteacher, said: “The waste-free packed lunch challenge is a really creative and engaging initiative that fits in well with our ‘Earth Matters’ core curriculum, which covers math, science and creativity.

“It has had significant impact on our pupils and their parents’ attitude towards waste and recycling. We can see this clearly in the initial results of the data calculations.”

B&M first in North West to earn DVSA accreditation

B&M Waste Services has become the first waste management company in North West England to receive DVSA ‘Earned Recognition’ accreditation.

Staff at B&M Waste, who have received a new DVSA accreditation

The accreditation is a new way for vehicle operators to prove their organisation meets driver and vehicle standards.

It means that B&M are a highly compliant company in terms of fleet management and other standards – therefore they will be less likely to be stopped for roadside inspections.

To receive ‘Earned Recognition’ status, B&M were externally audited by a third party and invested in software that reports automatically to DVSA if any performance indicators are missed, such as tacho downloads or maintenance inspections. Compliance will be re-assessed every 2 years.

Graham Curtis, director at B&M Waste Services, said: “We are immensely proud to receive this accreditation, but special thanks goes to our dedicated fleet management team, supported by our highly trained mechanical fitters and drivers.

“Their ongoing commitment ensures excellence in the maintenance of our fleet and ongoing driver training and support”.



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