18 November 2020 by Robyn White

News in brief (18/11/20)

With news on: CRA calls for early reopening of charity shops; EMR leads electric vehicle end-of-life supply chain project; Acumen Waste Services acquires Chemwaste; and, REPIC supports WEEE Forum call to increase collections


CRA calls for early reopening of charity shops

The Charity Retail Association has written to the Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, requesting that charity shops reopen ahead of 2 December, when the second national lockdown is due to end.

Charity shops closed along with all other non-essential retail when England was placed into lockdown on 5 November

In the letter to MP Alok Sharma, the association said that the department should consider the role charity shops play in waste prevention.

The association outlines how charity shops prevent “good quality second -hand goods from ending up as waste, with all the associated waste disposal costs and environmental harm”.

The letter added that the sector’s reliance on donated stock requires a 48 hour quarantine period, which means that in the early days of charity shops reopening, workers will have to focus on managing donations.

The letter can be read in full here.


EMR leads electric vehicle end-of-life supply chain project

EMR Metals Recycling is leading a project that will aim to create a circular end-of-life supply chain for the electric vehicle industry.

A second-life battery energy storage system, E-STOR, to be used as part of the project

The project, RECOVAS, is in partnership between three major vehicle manufactures, Bentley motors, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover, as well as the University of Warwick, the Health and Safety Executive and others.

EMR said that the supply chain will help partners triage batteries when they arrive at end-of-life vehicle treatment facilities across the UK, for remanufacturing, reuse of recycling.

The project will start in January 2021 and will run for three years, by which time the partners expect that the circular supply chain will be operating commercially.

Roger Morton, managing director for technology and innovation at EMR, said: “Our aim is to create a circular supply chain for batteries and, in the process, reduce the cost for end-of-life disposal for the vehicle manufacturer or last owner of the car to zero”.


Acumen Waste Services acquires Chemwaste

Acumen Waste Services has acquired West Yorkshire based hazardous waste management business Chemwaste for an undisclosed sum.

Andy Crossley is managing director at Acumen

Chemwaste, which was previously owned by Bradley Park Waste Management, will provide hazardous waste treatment and transfer capability, which Acuman says will represent a “further stage of its bolt on growth strategy”.

It follows Acumen’s acquisition of Highspeed Ltd in 2017 and the establishment of hazardous liquid treatment capacity at Harewood Whin in 2018.

Andy Crossley, managing director at Acumen said: “We’re pleased to have completed the purchase of Chemwaste, whose service offerings, locations and assets will complement the wider Acumen business.

“We look forward to integrating the business to provide service and value enhancements to our customers.”

Simon Towers, director at Bradley Park Waste Management added: “We’re delighted to have completed the divestment of Chemwaste to Acumen. Acumen are a leading provider in this space and are therefore well placed to ensure the continued success of the business.”


REPIC supports WEEE Forum call to increase collections

The WEEE Forum proposes  a range of additional supporting measures outlined in a new policy approach

REPIC has supported the WEEE Forum’s call for an increased role for all actors in order to increase reported collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

In a report set to be released on 24 November, investigating why European WEEE  targets are likely to be missed this year, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) notes that there is a huge amount of collected WEEE that is not reported.

The report established that a key principle of WEEE legislation must be that “all actors that can influence collection rates should have management and reporting obligations”.

REPIC’s chief executive, Louise Grantham, said: “Despite the successful growth in the tonnage of WEEE that has been collected since the WEEE Directive was implemented, the UK, like most other Member States, has not been able to attain the increased WEEE collection targets.

“Producers and their compliance schemes across Europe, and other actors in the value chain, have made huge efforts in better understanding why reaching the increased collection targets is so difficult and where the undocumented WEEE is going. This latest study examines the way producer responsibility is implemented across Europe and identifies the common issues we share in collecting and reporting WEEE”.

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