16 February 2017 by Will Date

News in Brief (16/02/2017)

With news on: DJB wins Sheffield Wednesday contract; Axion launches FPP service; East Cambs adopts recycling mascot, and; EMCOR joins duty of care campaign.

DJB wins Sheffield Wednesday recycling contract

Sheffield recycling company DJB Recycling Limited, has announced a two-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday Football Club to handle waste on behalf of the Club.

The contract will cover all aspects of waste and recycling collections at the stadium, club megastore and the training facility at Middlewood Road.

(l-r) Sheffield Wednesday’s Richard Stanford and DJB Recycling’s Richard Webster

Richard Webster business development manager at DJB Recycling, said: “It’s fantastic to forge a relationship with such a prestigious football club in Sheffield Wednesday.

“This partnership is a great addition to our customer base in the local area. We are looking forward to working closely with their operations team to implement a structured and reliable collection service, which maximises recycling materials”

Operations manager at Sheffield Wednesday, Richard Stanford, said: “We are proud to have DJB Recycling on board.

“Not only are they a local family run business, but they have a great reputation in the city. This partnership will improve the environment of the club and will enable us to create a more safer, greener and more friendlier space for our fans, staff, players and the local people – an essential part to the operational running of the club.”

DJB will be supplying more than 50 dedicated containers which will enable the club to segregate general waste, cardboard, paper and glass materials at source.

All materials will be separately collected and reprocessed at DJB Recycling and other local recycling facilities in the area.


Axion Consulting launches Fire Prevention Plan service

Axion Consulting has launched a new Fire Prevention Plan (FPP) service aimed at helping waste site operators to minimise fire risk at their premises and meet regulatory requirements.

Introduced by the Environment Agency (EA) in 2014, FPPs aim to reduce fires on waste sites by 50% from their 2011 levels. FPPs are now a compulsory requirement of the agency’s application process for new Environmental Permits or changes to existing permits.

FPPs are submitted at the same time as the permit application and must be approved alongside the application or the whole permit application will be rejected. They must satisfy three key EA objectives to minimise the chance of fire, minimise the spread within the site and to neighbouring sites, and aim to extinguish a fire within four hours.

Recent high-profile fires at waste facilities have highlighted the need for ‘high-risk sites’ to ensure compliance as well, says Axion, a Manchester-based resource recovery specialist.

Jon Tomkins, Axion senior consultant, said: “These serious fires have caused damage to property, pollution to air and water resources as well as disruption to transport networks. Major incidents also cause huge economic impacts to the business leading to loss of revenue and in some cases jobs. They can also result in negative publicity for the businesses involved, from which some may never recover.”

All permitted waste site operators who handle combustible waste and are applying for a new permit or changes to an existing permit conditions must have a FPP. In future, all sites may require one.

Having developed FPPs for its own sites, Axion’s team can offer clients a FPP package from undertaking initial site inspections, liaising with relevant authorities to drafting and submitting the plan. Its bespoke service includes practical, cost-effective solutions for a compliant FPP.


East Cambridgeshire council unveils new recycling superhero

A nine-year-old schoolgirl has won a design competition to create a recycling champion for the region.

Brooke Smith (centre) with her design for Michael Recycle

Brooke Smith, a year four pupil at Littleport Community Primary School near Ely put pen to paper to come up with a superhero called Michael.

He will now form the central character in a recycling campaign for East Cambridgeshire district council.

Councillor Julia Huffer, council waste champion, announced the winner at a special assembly held at Brooke’s school.

She said: “We received hundreds of entries to our competition but Brooke’s stood out to the judging panel with its bright colours and sheer personality.

“We are very excited to be introducing Michael to the world.”

Brooke’s design will now be brought to life by an illustrator and costume designer. Michael will then be used as part of a workshop created by a group of professional actors to be delivered to schools in the region after Easter.

He will also appear on the side of recycling lorries and be used across marketing materials.

Headteacher at Littleport Community Primary School John Cattermole said: “We are thrilled for Brooke who has a natural artistic flair. To see one of our pupils rewarded for hard work and talent is wonderful and it was very special to see her face when her name was called out.”

Brooke was handed a framed copy of her work and £50. A further £200 was given to the school and Brooke will be invited to help decide on how the money is spent.

The recycling campaign for East Cambridgeshire District Council – Be Like Michael, Recycle – has now officially launched.

It aims to help the region achieve its full year target of a 60% recycling rate – up from 56% in 2015/16.


EMCOR UK joins Duty of Care campaign

Facilities management firm EMCOR has announced that it has become the first facilities management to join as an ambassador for the ‘Right Waste, Right Place Duty of Care’ Campaign. Managed by the Environmental Services Association and sponsored by the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, and Environmental Services Association Education Trust, the Right Waste, Right Place information campaign has been developed to help businesses meet their duty of care obligations as practically as possible.

Ambassadors are required to embrace the principles of Right Waste, Right Place, have an internal programme and policy on waste management, and commit to actively engage with the campaign to raise awareness of duty of care requirements among customers and their supply chain.

Keith Chanter, chief executive of EMCOR UK, said: “EMCOR UK is delighted to be joining the Right Waste, Right Place Duty of Care campaign as an Ambassador; it is an honour to be the first facilities management and sustainable business provider to be part of this campaign. We already collaborate with our customers and suppliers when it comes to creating effective and efficient workplaces and we are looking to further developing expertise in waste and resource management in 2017.”

Sam Corp, head of regulation at the ESA, said: “I am pleased to welcome EMCOR UK as an Ambassador. It’s great to see organisations from a variety of sectors getting involved in the Right Waste, Right Place campaign. This demonstrates that businesses, local authorities, and others recognise how serious an issue duty of care compliance is. I am excited to be continuing our work with our campaign Ambassadors and to many more organisations signing up in the near future.”

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