18 September 2020 by Robyn White

News in brief (18/09/20)

With news on: Comply Direct wins health and wellbeing awards; Re-Gen uses new baler to reduce loading times; UK Polymers back Iceland’s plastic reporting; and, Waste sector’s carbon impact in Scotland at ‘record low’.

Comply Direct wins health and wellbeing award

Comply Direct won a Gold award and a Bronze award

Compliance specialist Comply Direct has won gold in the UK Employee Experience Awards 2020, picking up the  ‘health and well-being of its people’ award at an online ceremony on 10 September.

The company said that it is “delighted” to have also picked up the bronze award in the ‘best company to work for’ category.

It added that it is “very proud of this recognition” and said that the well-being of its employees is delivered through “extensive and impressive” programme.

HR & operational director Jessica Aldersley said: ”I am absolutely over the moon to receive this recognition for all the fabulous things we do for all our employees. We feel very lucky to have such an engaged and high performing team and each and every one of the team at Comply Direct contributes to making it a wonderful place to work!”

Re-Gen uses new baler to reduce loading times

The baler is installed in Re-Gens facility

Re-Gen has announced that a new baler supplied by CK International has reduced ship loading times by “up to 5 hours”.

The new twin ram automatic baler produces “larger and more consistent” SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel) bales and is installed at Re-gen’s new 300,000 tonnes per year facility.

The baler works to produce “consistent bale lengths” to allow the material handlers to lift 2 or 4 bales at a time. The manufacturer said that this feature was developed by programming a into the baler to ensure the correct amount of material was loaded into the chamber.

CK International said it worked closely with Re-Gen to understand its specific requirements, which resulted in a few modifications to the baler.

Another “key feature” of the baler is an integrated at a management system, which allows Re-Gen’s team to remotely monitor the bale production, consistency, and made aware of any real time problems.

UK Polymers back Iceland’s plastic reporting

Paul Mayhew, MBA Polymers UK general manager, has spoken out in favour of the retailer Iceland after it published its own plastic packaging usage data and urged its rivals to follow suit.

On Wednesday, the supermarket chain said it used  used 32,000 tonnes of plastic in 2019, and urged others to publish the same figures.

Paul Mayhew is a general manager at Polymers UK

Mr Mayhew said that he supports Iceland’s call for the UK Government to amend the Environment Bill to incorporate mandatory plastic packaging reporting within businesses.

He added that to help the UK move towards a circular economy for plastic packaging, business and the UK Government must:

  • Support and promote the move towards greater transparency and ownership by brands
  • Promote the use of recycled content to drive the recycling of ‘recyclable single use plastics’
  • Support concrete UK targets for reducing plastic waste and promote the circular economy through recycled content incentives or targets.

Paul Mayhew said: “As a leading plastics recycler, we welcome Iceland’s commitment to greater transparency in reporting the true scale of plastic waste generated by their primary product and delivery packaging. You cannot manage what you do not measure – businesses need to be clear about the true extent of their plastic waste, to enable them to reduce their impact on the environment.”

Waste sector’s carbon impact in Scotland at ‘record low’

The carbon emissions associated with Scotland’s waste in 2018 dropped 11% compared with the previous year, to reach the lowest level since official recording began, according to a new Zero Waste Scotland report.

The reduction was welcomed by Zero Waste Scotland’s chief executive Iain Gulland

The report, The Carbon Footprint of Scotland’s Waste – Carbon Metric Report for 2017 and 2018– tracks the impact of the country’s waste, from its creation to disposal.

Zero Waste Scotland said that data released on 15 September shows that 10.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO eq) were produced in 2018. The figure stands 30% below 2011’s baseline level, when Carbon Metric reporting began.

Dr Ramy Salemdeeb, report co-author and environmental analyst at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We are in a better place than ever before in terms of managing our waste. The carbon impact of what we waste has reduced by almost a third since we began monitoring.”



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