9 September 2020 by Robyn White

News in brief (09/09/20)

With news on: Yotta announces “significant business growth” after securing new contracts; two waste management companies win RoSPA awards; O’Brien launches online ordering platform; and, Rocket Composter enables college to process 26 tonnes of food waste on site.


Yotta announces “significant growth” after securing new contracts

Technology company Yotta has announced it has achieved “significant business growth” after securing 16 new contracts and increasing its workforce by 10%.

The new contracts were secured across a range of service areas including waste, and feature customers across the South West, Midlands and Yorkshire.

The Leamington Spa-based company has appointed eight new employees across sales, marketing and product development

Eleven projects across a range of service areas including highways, street lighting and waste went live during the lockdown period, which Yotta said forced them to “adapt and deliver” and conduct training remotely.

Nick Smee, CEO at Yotta said: “We’re immensely proud of the growth we’ve achieved so far in 2020 despite the obvious business challenges. Not only are we delivering innovation to councils and governments across UK, we’re also creating jobs and we’ve been able to find better ways of working.

“Local authorities have responded well to doing business in a slightly different way to make these successes possible.

“I’m sure that our learnings over the past few months will help to shape the way we do business together in the long term.”


Two waste management companies win RoSPA awards

Two waste management companies have received Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awards for health and safety achievements.

Family run waste management business O’Donovan received an award for “working hard to ensure its team get home safely to their families at the end of every working day”.

The Grundon team celebrating the award

Grundon waste management also received the award and said that it made them “very proud”.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, O’Donovan’s managing director, said: “We are extremely proud to have been presented with a silver RoSPA Award. This recognises our ongoing commitment to deliver a safe working environment for our much valued team and demonstrates our continuous dedication to maintaining an excellent health and safety record.”

Manager at Grundon Reg Hodson said: “We are absolutely delighted. This is a tribute not just to the work of our safety team, but for the business as a whole. After winning Silver in 2019, it really spurred us on to go for Gold and this achievement is absolutely fantastic. Every year we strive to do even better, not just by continuing to reduce incidents and accidents, but by providing more information to engage with our employees to ensure they all go home safe at the end of the day.”


O’Brien launches online ordering platform

O’Brien Skips has launched an ecommerce platform in response to customer demand for skip hire services to be bookable online.

Since restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic began to lift and much construction work has resumed, the company said it has seen a significant increase in skip hires, with bookings doubling this July.

The company said that preference for self-service among customers had significantly increased

The skip hire business, which is part of Biffa, said that the new online ordering system will provide businesses in the North East with an “easy, reliable and fast way” to get a skip.

Barry Crews, area director for O’Brien Skips, said: “We are always keen to be at the forefront of new technology developments in the waste industry, especially with regards to innovations that mean we can be even better at providing excellent service to our customers. This particularly applies in the Covid-19 world where speed, ease and efficiency is more important than ever to our skip customers as they work hard to develop their businesses.”


Rocket Composter enables college to process 26 tonnes of food waste on site

City of Glasgow College has invested in equipment to compost an estimated 26 tonnes of food waste per year on site.

The A900 Rocket Composter, from Macclesfield-based organic waste and waste-to-energy solutions firm Tidy Planet, will enable the college to process its food waste at source.

The composter will also reduce the twin site super campus’s carbon emissions, City of Glasgow College says

Tidy Planet said it would also omit the need for weekly food waste disposal truck visits, which previously collected the material.

Fergal McCauley, head of facilities management at City of Glasgow College, said: “We’re passionate about sustainability and are always searching for innovative ways to close the waste management loop – an ethos which is the driving force behind the investment.”

“Prior to being able to compost on site, we always sent our food wastes for AD to be recovered. But with the Rocket Composter, we’re going one step higher up in the waste hierarchy and recycling them on site, allowing us to autonomously reduce our carbon footprint, as well as our expenditure on disposal trucks.”

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