17 July 2017 by Hera Lorandos

News in Brief (17/07/17)

With news on recycling rewards in Hackney, Coastal Recycling in Devon, Waste Management Brokers Association, Bodycams at LondonWaste sites and Plastic Expert opens new sales office.

Hackney rewards scheme raises £7,500 for charities

Three local charities have been awarded £7,500 raised by households participating in London borough of Hackney’s Recycling Rewards scheme.

Hackney

(l-r) Graham Simmonds, Local Green Points; Jo Carter Immediate Theatre; Cllr Feryal Demirci, Hackney LBC; Clifford Henry and Bob Benge, Sharp End; Ellie Denwood, Headway East London; Daf Viney, Hackney Migrant Centre; Laura Owens, Headway East London; Paula Yassine, St Mary’s Secret Garden; and Helen Hibberd, Hackney Migrant Centre.

Funded by Defra’s Recycling Reward Fund, the scheme has 30,000 participating residents who earn points towards discounts in local shops and can win cash prizes. There is also a vote for local charities to share the £7,500 raised this year under the scheme.

“We are really happy with the scheme so far. This is its first award ceremony, and it is wonderful to see…residents being motivated and engaged in reducing their household waste,” said Cllr Feryal Demirci Hackney council cabinet member for neighbourhoods, transport and parks.

Hackney Migrant Centre, supporting and advising migrants, won the most popular vote and was awarded £3,500. Daf Viney from Hackney Migrant Centre said: “The donations will allow us to continue to offer much-needed support to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.”


Coastal Recycling to recycle hotel waste

Lympstone Manor country house hotel in Exmouth, Devon has appointed Coastal Recycling to recover or recycle all waste from the 28 acres of gardens and hotel.

Coastal Recycling

(l-r) Scott Andrews, General Manager, Lympstone Manor; Richard Marsh, Director, Coastal Recycling; Michael Caines, Chef Patron, Lympstone Manor and Mihaela Platoh. (picture: Andrew Butler)

Paper, card, glass, plastics, food waste, cooking oils and green garden waste are all collected from the hotel which is run by chef Michael Caines.

Mr Caines said: “We are committed to recycling and respecting the wonderful estuary location we have at Lympstone Manor. Coastal Recycling is delivering a solution that matches our attention to detail and vision.”

Coastal Recycling, based in Exeter, began its service by providing skips and separating plastics, metals and rubble during the transformation of the Grade II listed Georgian manor.


Plastic Expert opens Towcester office

Hampshire-based plastic recycling company, Plastic Expert Ltd, has opened a new sales office in Towcester, Northamptonshire to accommodate its commercial and administrative teams as it grows its core trading business.

Plastic Expert said it has been focusing on business-to-business solutions to help companies recycle their plastic and packaging waste.

Co-founder and development director, Kevin Basham, explained: “If companies can deal with plastic and packaging waste at source, including cardboard and paper, the material is cleaner and therefore a more valuable and desirable commodity for end users.”


LondonWaste introduces staff bodycams

Example of staff bodycams

LondonWaste is stepping up security for its staff following a series of issues with public behaviour and the assault of an employee in the line of duty.

The company, which is owned by the North London Waste Authority, said that in addition to the CCTV cameras installed across its re-use and recycling centres, staff will wear bodycams as part of their uniform to deter any further attacks.

Only relevant footage will be used for learning and development purposes, while the rest will be automatically deleted after 30 days.

LondonWaste’s Managing Director, Peter Sharpe, said: “Whilst the vast majority of the public using our RRC’s behave in a respectful manner and appreciate that the employees are there to help, a small minority has overstepped the mark.  In order for the site to operate effectively and for the community to be served efficiently, our employees must feel safe at all times. ”


Broker’s Association launches Code of Practice

The Waste Management Brokers Association (WMBA) has launched its Code of Practice and formally opened its membership.

WMBA

(l-r) Stephen Cameron, policy director; Bob Barltrop membership director; Garry Johnson, funding & sponsorship director; Chris Giscombe, chairman; Keith Brown, strategic supply chain director; Max Kanda, communications director; Andy Butler, finance director

Formed by three waste management brokers, WMBA said it aims to raise the profile of “the outsourced waste collection and processing model”.

The association has now produced the Code of Practice to ensure consistency across the broker market and provide good service.

WMBA communications director, Max Kanda, said: “We believe the Code of Practice is fundamental in establishing the nature of the service provision delivered by WMBA members.”

WMBA has also opened a three-tiered membership for brokers, supply chain and related businesses.

 


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