12 June 2020 by James Langley

News in brief (12/06/20)

With news on: Recresco agrees one-year supply deal with Torfaen; BIR Shredder Committee launches membership survey; Tomra launches products at digital event; and, Stockton-on-Tees issues fines for abuse of bring sites.


Recresco agrees one-year supply deal with Torfaen

Glass recycling company Recresco has signed a one-year supply contract of undisclosed value with Torfaen county borough council for kerbside collected glass.

The contract will see Recresco collect around 200 tonnes of commercial and residential collected bottle glass from Torfaen county borough council each month.

The entrance to Recresco’s Cwmbran site

Recresco’s director Tim Gent said: “We are delighted to sign this supply contract with Torfaen council, continuing the strong relationship we have built up in the local community.

“Effective recycling of glass has a positive environmental impact, reducing carbon emissions and keeping glass out of landfill.

“At Recresco, we use the latest glass sorting technology resulting in high quality recycled product and minimum waste.”

After being processed and sorted at Recresco’s Cwmbran facility, 98% of the material will go to Torfaen-based insulation contractor Knauf Insulation for the manufacture of fibreglass for the construction industry.

Any excess flint will go to glass manufacturer Encirc in North Wales for bottle making.


BIR Shredder Committee launches membership survey

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) Shredder Committee launched its first membership survey into shredder-related incidents and injuries on 9 June.

Targeted at companies operating shredders of more than 1000hp, the survey can be completed on a desktop, laptop computer or smartphone, the BIR says.

The BIR plans to conduct the survey at the start of every year

BIR trade and environment director Ross Bartley said: “The BIR is hoping for the widest possible participation in the survey in order to maximize its effectiveness as an information tool in countering injuries.”

He added that all the information provided by members would be treated confidentially and the data would be aggregated to provide a deeper understanding of risks within shredder operations.

Alton Scott Newell III of USA-based Newell Recycling Equipment, the chairman of the BIR Shredder Committee, described himself as “very excited” by the launch.

The committee now plans to conduct the survey at the start of every year.


Tomra launches products at digital event

Equipment manufacturer Tomra Sorting Recyling launched two products and outlined plans for a third at a digital event on 9 June it dubbed the ‘Symphony of All Sorts’.

At the event, originally due to take place at the cancelled IFAT 2020, Tomra unveiled its new generation technology AUTOSORT system and AUTOSPORT SPEEDAIR, an additional component to the AUTOSPORT range.

Tomra’s executive vice president Volker Rehrmann welcomes participants to the digital launch

Plans were revealed for AUTOSORT CYBOT, another component in the range.

Tom Eng, senior vice president and head of Tomra, said: “We are delighted with how well the digital launch event went.

“Covid-19 has enforced new ways of working and communicating and as such we were more than happy to test out a digital launch platform for the first and probably not the last time given its success!”

Tomra says around 1,000 participants worldwide took part in the launch, at which experts from its global teams delivered presentations about the products.


Stockton-on-Tees issues fines for abuse of bring sites

Stockton-on-Tees borough council says it has issued fines totalling nearly £9,000 after an appeal for people to stop abusing the area’s seven ‘bring sites’ went unheeded.

Located in supermarket carparks, the sites provide a range of recycling containers for the public to use.

One of the bring sites in Stockton-on-Tees which has seen ‘abuse’ by residents

Twenty-two people were hit with fines of £400 and another three are to be summoned to appear at court for abuse of the sites.

Councillor Steve Nelson, the borough’s cabinet member for access, communities and community safety, said: “We offer far more bring sites than nearby authorities but we can only do that with the goodwill and cooperation of the landowners where they’re based.

“We’re hearing noises from some that if this abuse continues, they’ll remove permission.

“In other words, we’ve reached an ‘abuse it, you lose it’ point, which is a crying shame, especially for those people who use the sites responsibly.”

In the early weeks of Stockton-on-Tees pleaded for people to stop abusing the sites or face action after residents dumped unsuitable items such as toilets, beds, rubble, white goods and soil at the sites.

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