22 February 2019 by Joshua Doherty

News in Brief (22/02/19)

With news on: Anthesis merger; Bulky waste collections ‘boost recycling’; Fine for illegal waste transfer station, and; #RecyclingGoals campaign launched.


Anthesis merges with Spanish-owned Lavola

Consultancy group Anthesis has announced a merger with the ‘multi-disciplinary sustainability agency’ Lavola, which is based in Spain.

Left to Right: Toni Mansilla, Lavola; Stuart McLachlan, Anthesis; Pere Pous, Lavola.

The move was described by Anthesis as an “important step in the Group’s strategy to increase its global footprint”.

Lavola is one of the largest independent sustainability agencies in Spain, delivering more than 1,000 projects for its 400+ public and private sector clients, including top multinational corporations and regional bodies.

All of Lavola’s 200 employees based in Barcelona, Madrid, Manlleu, Bogota and Andorra will join Anthesis Group, with the combined business operating as one consultancy.

Commenting on the merger, Stuart McLachlan, Anthesis Group’s chief executive, said: “We are excited to have found Lavola, a firm that reflects so many of the values and specialisms of Anthesis, based in a market that is increasingly progressive and important in Europe and South America. We see many opportunities to travel Lavola’s expertise to our clients and markets around the world.”

Pere Pous, founder and president of Lavola, added: “Through this merger Lavola strengthens its portfolio of services while also being able to respond to international projects with greater magnitude.”


Eunomia highlights bulky waste collection ‘boost’

Environmental consultancy firm Eunomia has suggested that local authorities introducing collections of bulky waste for re-use could increase recycling rates by 1.5%.

Bulky waste collections can contribute to improvements in re-use and recycling rates, Eunomia claims

The figure comes from Eunomia’s updated Waste Prevention Toolkit (WPT), which is a set of tools built to help local authorities determine the impact of their waste prevention initiatives by allowing them to compare the effects and costs of different approaches.

It found that a Unitary Authority of 175,000 households considering introducing a kerbside re-use collection service and a re-use option at their HWRCs has the potential to increase its annual re-use and recycling rate by 1.5%, and over a five-year period, save greenhouse gases equivalent to taking 538 cars off the road.

Eunomia’s specialist technical advisor Emma How, said: “At a time when many authorities are seeing re-use & recycling rates plateau, and with the 2020 recycling target of 50% fast approaching and further increases required in future, the two new bulky waste initiatives will help officers to map out what their options are when managing bulky waste, and will allow them to demonstrate what changes they’ve made to work towards the 2020 target.”


Fine for Ballycarry illegal waste transfer station

A 73-year-old man from Ballycarry, Northern Ireland, has been ordered to pay a £40,000 confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act, having pleaded guilty to six breaches of waste legislation.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency officers investigated the site and found that Mr McAllister was operating an illegal waste transfer station

Noel Samuel McAllister pleaded guilty in March 2017 to the breaches and was sentenced earlier this week.

According to DAERA, Northern Ireland Environment Agency officers investigated the site and found that Mr McAllister was operating an illegal waste transfer station, depositing, keeping and burning large quantities of controlled waste as part of his Campbell Skips business.

Controlled waste found on site included concrete, brick, ceramics, plastics, wiring, scrap metal, treated timber, plaster board, clothing, tyres, food and food packaging waste.

Noel Samuel McAllister’s £40,000 confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act is for the financial benefit attributed to the running of the illegal waste business.


#RecyclingGoals campaign launched

One month before the second Global Recycling Day on 18 March 2019, the Global Recycling Foundation has launched the #RecyclingGoals challenge.

#RecyclingGoals is described as a ‘social media movement’ that harnesses the power of football to inspire long term recycling habits in young people across the world.

Ranjit S Baxi, Founding President of Global Recycling Day, said: “Our vision is to connect the strong example the football industry sets for recycling with young people across the world. With the #RecyclingGoals campaign, we aim to encourage as many people as possible to share the message of the importance of recycling, actively get involved in the challenge, and propel the energy of the social media movement.”

In the lead up to Global Recycling Day 2019, social media users across the globe are asked to participate in the #Recycling Goals challenge by: Capturing a video of themselves scoring a “Top Bins” goal (into a recycling bin in the top corner of the goal or just a normal goal) whilst pledging to make a long term commitment to better recycling practices.

Videos and pictures of their challenge can then be shared online using the hashtag #RecyclingGoals and tagging Global Recycling Day on social media sites including twitter and Instagram.

On Global Recycling Day itself, #RecyclingGoals activities will be taking place on Carnaby Street, London. A temporary goal will be set up, complete with recycling bins in the top corners for participants to attempt their own #RecyclingGoals challenge.


Waste World Cup

Letsrecycle.com organises the Waste World Cup football tournament – the industry’s premier mixed gender sporting event. For more info visit www.waste-world-cup.com

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