21 November 2016 by Will Date

News in brief (21/11/2016)

With news on: Remondis graduate scheme; FCC reuse shop; Repic WEEE schools project, and; Viridor south London community fund.

Remondis launches graduate chemist scheme

German-owned waste management firm Remondis has launched a graduate scheme for chemists at its Prescot UK headquarters.

The first set of graduates lined up for Remondis' graduate scheme

The first set of graduates lined up for Remondis’ graduate scheme

According to Remondis the graduates, who have been sourced from universities across Liverpool and Manchester, will benefit from a full training and development programme.

Working at Remondis’ waste management transfer station, graduates will sample incoming materials and carry out a range of analytical tests at the facility’s on-site laboratory.

Louise Holt, joint managing director at Remondis UK, said: “We have been incredibly pleased with the success of our apprenticeship schemes and are very excited to be welcoming the first intake of our graduate scheme. We’re looking forward to working closely with the emerging talent and hope they enjoy long and successful careers at Remondis.

“Through both our graduate and apprenticeship schemes, we’re able to engage with the best new talent our industry has to offer. Working closely with a number of nearby universities has enabled us to help support local talent, while putting Prescot on the map as a desirable employer location.”


FCC opens Wrexham reuse shop

FCC Environment has opened a ‘reuse shop’ which will repair and market items donated at one of three household waste recycling centres operated on behalf of Wrexham county borough council.

The shop, at the Recycling Centre on Bryn Lane, Wrexham, was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham Cllr and Mrs John Pritchard, Cllr David Bithell, Lead Member for Place - Environment & Transport, Mac Kendrick, general mamager of FCC Wrexham and Eluned Griffiths, chair of the board of trustees at Nightingal House.

The shop, at the Recycling Centre on Bryn Lane, Wrexham, was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham Cllr and Mrs John Pritchard, Cllr David Bithell, Lead Member for Place – Environment & Transport, Mac Kendrick, general mamager of FCC Wrexham and Eluned Griffiths, chair of the board of trustees at Nightingal House

The shop, which is located at the Bryn Lane HWRC was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr John Pritchard, Cllr David A Bithell, FCC Environment contract manager Mac Kenrick and Eluned Griffiths, chair of the board of Nightingale House Hospice during a short ceremony on 16 November.

The project will see FCC Environment staff salvaging items that may be usable but have been taken to the HWRCs at Bryn Lane, Brymbo and Plas Madoc. The public can also choose to donate items proactively.

All items will then be cleaned and safety tested in order to be sold at the re-use shop which will be run by local charity, Nightingale House.

Cllr Bithell, Wrexham’s lead member for environment and transport, who himself donated a vacuum cleaner to be reused, said: “The new re-use shop is a great asset to Wrexham local communities using this facility.

“We’re really pleased that FCC Environment have been able to work with Nightingale House to deliver the shop here at Wrexham.

“Re-use stores are becoming incredibly popular, raising thousands for charity and, crucially, preventing unnecessary waste from being thrown away. We hope people will embrace the concept, make good use of the shop as both suppliers and customers and pick up a bargain along the way.”


Repic enlists schools for WEEE project

WEEE producer compliance scheme Repic has collaborated with eight schools, inviting children to to take part in its new ‘Responsible Recycling’ campaign, a story book writing activity called ‘Pass it On’.

Pupils from Irk Valley Primary School in Manchester

Pupils from Irk Valley Primary School in Manchester

The educational initiative was put forward by Repic to raise awareness around the importance of recycling. Each participating school was asked to write a chapter, before passing it on to the next school to add to the story titled “A Most Unexpected Day at the Recycling Plant”.

Over 250 Year 4 and Year 5 primary pupils and their teachers took part in the creative writing project, which plotted the adventures of Repic’s mascots, R3P1C – a robot made out of end of life electrical products, and Amp, his battery sidekick.

The finished book has been brought to life with illustrations by Manchester designer and illustrator, Tom Nicklin. Printed copies of the book are also being given to each child who took part.

Dr Philip Morton, chief executive of Repic said: “The Pass it On story writing was a highly engaging way to get children to think about recycling and share key messages with their friends, parents and carers. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching the story develop – the level of creativity has been outstanding and we’d like to thank the teachers for getting involved and inspiring the children.

“Our ‘Responsible Recycling’ campaigns are all designed to increase consumer awareness, as we find that people generally want to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to recycling once they know how.”

Children from schools including: Holly Mount RCP, Irk Valley, Abraham Moss Community Schools in Manchester, St Norbert’s Primary School in North Lincs, Balgreen Primary School in Edinburgh, St Patrick’s CE Primary in Solihull, Bradford Academy, St Patrick’s CE Primary Academy in Solihull, and Okehampton Primary School in Devon, took part in the initiative.


Viridor invites bids for Beddington Community fund

Waste and resources firm is inviting bids for funding through its Beddington Community Benefit Fund – linked to the construction of its Beddington Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in South London.

Artist's impression of Viridor's proposed Beddington ERF

Artist’s impression of Viridor’s proposed Beddington ERF

Up to £975,000 in funding spread across 25 years is being offered to community projects in the area, as part of the agreement between Viridor and the South London Waste Partnership, which is made up of the boroughs of Croydon, Kinston, Merton and Sutton.

The Fund comprises of an initial sum of £250,000 for organisations and projects in the boroughs.

This will be added to with annual contributions of £25,000 and a further top up payment will be made after ten years. Projects that demonstrate support and benefit to the local community will be eligible for funding.

Mike Stafford, Regional Manager for Viridor added: “We are proud to be working with the South London Waste Partnership to help them divert over 95% of their residual waste away from landfill and generate energy at the same time. We are constructing the £205 million cutting-edge Energy Recovery Facility and with investment in infrastructure also comes a commitment to support the communities in which we work, I encourage any local community projects to investigate whether they will be eligible for support from the fund.”

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