With news on: London partnership for flats recycling; The National Refuse Championships; Barry gasification plant permit; and Redditch recycling business expands.
Partnership announced to improve recycling in flats
Resource London and housing association, Peabody, have announced a new partnership to examine barriers to recycling in purpose-built flats in dense urban areas.
The partnership will conduct research with residents and identify solutions to improve recycling rates in London.
Purpose-built flats make up 37% of London’s residential accommodation – with flats accounting for up to 80% of households in some boroughs – but on average their residents recycle half as much as those living in houses, the London Waste and Recycling Board reports.
This is part of a wider piece of work by Resource London to learn more about recycling behaviours in purpose-built. Later phases will include trying out different approaches on a number of inner London Peabody estates to see which interventions increase recycling the most.
The partnership will run until 2020 and is part of a wider £1 million programme of work focusing on improving recycling in purpose-built flats.
The National Refuse Championships returns
The National Refuse Championships are returning to Weston-super-Mare on Friday 15 & Saturday 16 June 2018.
The first National Refuse Championships took place last year and raised £12,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society. Over 100 refuse vehicle drivers and loaders from across the UK gathered to compete in a series of races (see letsrecycle.com story).
According to the organisers, over 29 crews, from private waste companies and local authorities across the UK, have already signed up for this year’s event in Somerset.
Last year’s winner, Aylesbury Vale district council, is entering two teams, one of which is all-female, in a bid to defend their title.
Each member of the winning team will receive vouchers towards a Center Parcs holiday, second place team members will each receive £250 worth of Buy-A-Gift Vouchers, and each third place team member will receive £200 worth of Spa Day vouchers.
The event includes an exhibition day on Friday 15th June with seminars, presentations and product demonstrations.
The races take place on Saturday 16th June, after which there will be a party held for participants in a marquee on the Beach Lawns with live music.
NRW grants permit for Barry gasification plant
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has granted Biomass UK No 2 Ltd a permit to operate its gasification facility in Barry.
The decision follows an extensive assessment of the company’s plans, and several consultations with local people and professional bodies including Public Health Wales and South Wales Fire and Rescue, NRW said.
The company has demonstrated that it can meet all the legal, environmental, technological and health requirements of UK, Welsh and European law, so NRW has no defensible grounds to refuse the permit.
An Environmental Permit is legally required for the facility to operate. The permit sets appropriate legal limits for conditions, such as emissions, from the facility, and dictates the types of material it can process, and how it stores waste.
Redditch recycling business expands
Redditch firm, Tomorrows Future Spares And Recycling Ltd, which recycles old televisions, said it has more than doubled in size in the town, with the help of property agents John Truslove.
The company said it has grown from 2,000 sq ft to 4,552 sq ft at Unit 8, Victor Business Centre in Arthur Street, Lakeside. The firm, formed in 2015, has taken a six year lease.
From processing 50 TVs a week at the outset it is now handling 150 a day, including LCD, LED and Plasma, at the new unit.
“Televisions are pouring in as we offer highly competitive rates on disposal. We are expanding rapidly. And absolutely everything is recycled – nothing goes to waste,” said Daniel Yeomans, managing director of Tomorrows Future Spares And Recycling.
The company has contracts with local councils and major retailers across the UK. Some TVs are broken up for parts while others are refurbished and re-sold, mainly to Europe but also all over the world.