10 July 2019 by Lucy Pegg

News in brief (09/07/2019)

With news on: Coffey watches Bin It! show; ReFood reports shows UK food waste progress; Veolia clean up London pride in colour; ENTRUST releases annual report; Holland and Barrett reaches zero waste to landfill.


Bin It! visits environment minister and Suffolk children

Drama-based education programme Bin It! visited school children in Suffolk this week – and saw Minister for the Environment, Thérèse Coffey, take part in the show too.

Minister for the Environment Thérèse Coffey with pupils from Langer Primary School and actors from the Bin It! roadshow

Dr Coffey, who is the MP for Suffolk Coastal, saw the performance with children at Langer primary school in Felixstowe.

Bin It! was developed by Mars Wrigley Confectionary and encourages young people to keep their environment tidy. It has been running for over 12 years and last year 32,000 students saw the show.

Mars Wrigley Confectionary says the show has a proven record of success, with 80% of children who saw the show reporting they would now dispose of chewing gum in the bin and 82% claiming Bin It had increased their knowledge of littering issues.

Dr Coffey, said: “It’s fantastic to see pupils at Langer Primary School being inspired by the Bin It! Roadshow to tackle litter.

“There is no place for litter in our communities. Through our ambitious ‘Keep it, Bin It!’ anti-litter campaign we are working with partners such as Mars Wrigley Confectionery to ensure all generations work together to call time on litter and protect our precious environment.”


ReFood report shows UK progress on food waste

The UK is making progress in the amount of food waste it sends to landfill despite facing challenges, according to a new report from ReFood.

ReFood’s report says the UK is making progress on food waste

The New Food Waste Horizons report was unveiled at the UK AD and World Biogas Expo and examines the progress made in the six years since the release of ReFood’s Vision 2020 manifesto. It finds that despite the inconsistencies in food waste collections at a local authority level, individual behavior and changes in technology are helping to minimize food waste.

Contributors to the report include Lord Deben, the Renewable Energy Association, National Farmers Union, British Retail Consortium and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, said: “As a nation, we still have a long way to go, but zero waste to landfill is becoming ever-more achievable.


Veolia deliver colourful clean-up for London pride

Veolia and Westminster City Council have used rainbow collection vehicles, brooms and barrows to clean up over 55 tonnes of recycling and waste after London pride.

Veolia’s rainbow lorries cleaning up after London pride

With the capital’s celebrations marking their 50th year, the waste management company deployed over 30 vehicles and 115 staff. Recyclables were sent to Veolia’s Southwark recycling facility for sorting and non-recyclable waste was delivered to its SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility, to be turned into low carbon energy for local homes.

Simon Raven, Street Cleansing Foreman for Veolia, said: “It was nice to support the LGBT+ community through our rainbow coloured equipment.

“People were approaching us to take photos and some said we could have joined the parade, however we were more than happy to deliver a colourful clean up, making sure the day’s spirit was carried out until the last of the recycling and waste was removed.”


ENTRUST release annual report

ENTRUST has released its annual report for 2018/19, showing it worked with 36 new environmental bodies (EBs) and registered 1,548 new projects last year.

The Gateway to Medieval England Project at Norwich Castle Museum supported through the LCF by FCC Communities Foundation

The regulator – who oversees the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), the government’s tax credit scheme for landfill operators – says it met all targets it was given by HMRC, despite registering 92 fewer projects than in 2017/18.

The lower figure is largely due to the closure of the scheme in Wales, after responsibility for the Welsh landfill tax was passed to the Welsh government on April 1 2018.

ENTRUST also continued its ‘coaching to compliance’ programme, which recovered £314,000 from five cases where EBs were found to be spending non-compliantly.

Projects supported this year include a new play area in Denehurst Park, Rochdale, funded by Viridor, and the refurbishment of toilets and public areas at Norwich’s Castle Museum, paid for by the FCC Communities Foundation.


Holland & Barrett achieves zero waste to landfill

Health and wellness retailer Holland & Barrett has reported that it has cut out waste to landfill, after working with Willshee’s Waste & Recycling.

Mark Cosford, EHS Manager for Holland & Barrett and Craig Willshee, SHEQ Manager Willshee’s

Before the partnership with 25% Holland and Barrett’s waste was sent to landfill. Now all waste from the company’s 850 stores is brought back to Wilshee’s facility in Burton for in-house sorting. Any residual waste is reprocessed into refuse derived fuel (RDF).

The changes were brought in by Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) lead Simon Birtles and EHS manager Mark Cosford.

Mr Cosford said: Mark continues: “While working with Willshee’s has delivered impressive environmental and financial benefits, there are many other advantages too.

“I can totally rely on the team there to be proactive around legislative changes as they come on stream, and the Willshee’s solution is fully traceable and auditable with reporting that allows us to closely monitor performance.”

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