13 December 2018 by Joshua Doherty

News in brief (13/12/2018)

With news on: Danone partners with Ecosurety on packaging compliance; Council bids to reduce HWRC waiting times; Ellgia announces Cambridge hospital contract; Cheshire East consults on collection changes; and,  East Devon to trial cardboard bag collection

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Danone partners with Ecosurety on packaging compliance

The UK arm of global food and beverage producer Danone has announced a three-year partnership with Bristol-based compliance scheme Ecosurety.

The partnership will see Ecosurety manage the company’s packaging and waste recycling obligations in UK, “ensuring the highest possible standards of transparency and traceability are adhered to”. Danone’s core products include yoghurt and bottled water.

Danone produces food products including yoghurt and bottled drinks

According to Ecosurety, there will be a commitment as part of the partnership to prioritise the purchase of PRNs from UK reprocessors, to boost UK recycling innovation and infrastructure through investment and work to actively increase the number of PRNs available in the UK

Caroline Winters, director of public affairs at Danone, commented: “As a multinational business with an ambition to lead in the sustainability sector, recycling is an area that we are particularly focused on improving.

“Ecosurety’s approach to traceability and tangible reinvestment in the recycling sector resonated with our own environmental business objectives.”

James Piper, managing director of Ecosurety, added: “Ecosurety is determined to show that recycling compliance doesn’t need to be perceived of as a tax but, rather, a positive feedback system that benefits producer, consumer and planet. We’re delighted that Danone recognise this.”

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Council bids to reduce HWRC waiting times

North East Lincolnshire county council has launched a new online household waste system to help cut queues at the Community Recycling Centres in Grimsby and Immingham.

The council has launched a new online version to replace the paper form that is currently in use

The council says there can be long queues of traffic waiting to enter the Grimsby site in particular at busy times.

One cause of congestion, the council says, is the declaration form people using vans, pick-ups or trailers must sign when bringing waste to the CRCs. The sites currently take domestic waste only, not trade waste.

North East Lincolnshire Council has launched a new online version to replace the paper form that is currently in use.

The aim is to reduce the bottleneck created at the meet and greet point and increase the flow of vehicles.

Commenting on the initiative the council’s operations director, Sharon Hunt, said: “We look forward to introducing the new electronic system. It will not only reduce queuing times at the sites during busy periods, but it will also help us identify trade waste being brought to the site.”

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Ellgia announces Cambridge hospital contract

Recycling firm Ellgia has been awarded a contract to provide Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with domestic waste management and recycling services for the next five years.

The Cambridge Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge.

The Trust provides accessible healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services and dealing with rare or complex conditions.

According to Ellgia, the partnership will develop a” long term fit-for-the-future strategy to further enhance the Trust’s sustainable waste minimisation and recycling maximisation practices”.

Jonathan Patman, CUH’s deputy environmental manager said: “We awarded this new contract to Ellgia because of the value for money, flexible, innovative and environmentally efficient solution they will be providing to our business.

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Cheshire East consults on collection changes

Cheshire East Council is urging residents to have their say on a waste collection consultation.

The proposals are intended to allow savings of £600,000 for Cheshire East council

The proposal are intended to allow savings of £600,000 and ensure waste is collected more effectively, using fewer vehicles on new optimised routes. The service is operated by Cheshire East Council’s wholly-owned company Ansa Environmental Services.

Changes to the times and days would also align with the introduction of the council’s new food waste recycling service in autumn 2019.

The proposals could see the end of the garden waste collection winter shutdown, as food and garden waste would be collected for recycling all year round. Food waste would be collected with garden waste in the garden waste bin, adding food recycling to our recycling service without the need for an extra outdoor container.

Changes to waste collection routes will allow garden and food waste to be delivered to the council’s new composting plant, to be constructed at Leighton Grange, just outside Crewe.

Commenting on the proposals Councillor Glen Williams, deputy cabinet member for environment, said: “I commend these proposals that will complete our recycling service and deliver significant efficiencies in the way we collect our waste. I would urge residents to respond to the consultation, so we can establish their views.”

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East Devon to trial cardboard bag collections

The residents of Woodbury in will be trialling an additional recycling bag for the collection of cardboard from March next year.

Recycling and waste collections in East Devon are carried out by Suez

Around 850 households in the village will be asked to collect their cardboard in a white foldaway collection bag instead of their green box and put the bag out at the kerbside with their other recycling containers on their usual recycling collection day.

SUEZ, the council’s waste and recycling contractor is funding the trial. According to the council cardboard is increasingly being used in packaging is being collected in larger volumes East Devon households every month.

Currently, cardboard is collected by households in their green box alongside glass. Sometimes glass is broken in the boxes and this contaminates the cardboard which means that it cannot be recycled, the council adds. It is hoped that using a separate bag will improve the quality of material collected.

Cllr Tom Wright, the district council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “At this stage this is a trial for the Woodbury area only and it is being entirely funded by our contractor partners SUEZ. They want to see how we can improve the quality of the service we currently give to our residents, and also improve the quality of cardboard that is collected.

“We will be grateful for any help that the residents of Woodbury can give us throughout the trial and we promise to feed back when the trial is completed.”

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