24 February 2020 by James Langley

News in brief (24/02/20)

With news on: Suez named one of UK’s Best Big Companies to Work For; Lowry Hotel to recycle half-used soaps; waste prevention fund available to Liverpool community groups; and, Whitham Mills to supply Leadec with baler.


Suez named one of UK’s Best Big Companies to Work For

Suez recycling and recovery UK has been included in the Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For for the second time.

Suez placed 22nd on the 2018 list

Ranked 23rd overall for UK big companies, Suez achieved its top three scores for Wellbeing, Giving Something Back and My Manager.

John Scanlon, chief executive officer for Suez recycling and recovery UK, said: “It’s a privilege to once again be recognised by The Sunday Times for our employee engagement.

“Our people are key to our ability to deliver high quality services for our customers, by valuing our staff who share a common commitment to preserving our environment we can continue to improve and innovate for our customers.”

Suez was recognised at an awards ceremony on 20 February.

The Sunday Times praised the waste management company’s initiatives to improve the local environment for communities around the UK, commitment to the wellbeing of its employees and efforts to support people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Its partnership with charity Macmillan Cancer Support, which has so far raised more than £300,000, was also recognised.


Lowry Hotel to recycle half-used soaps

The Lowry Hotel in Manchester is to ship 50,000 half-used soaps a year to a recycling centre in Amsterdam, preventing them from being sent to landfill.

Adrian Ellis, general manager of the Lowry Hotel

Having signed up to a toiletry recycling scheme run by social enterprise Clean the World, the hotel will see its soaps pressed, cut into new 80g bars and distributed to charities across the globe.

Adrian Ellis, general manager of The Lowry Hotel, said: “Sustainability is something that is hugely important to us as a business and we are constantly looking for new ways to do our part in helping the environment.

“The Clean the World programme is a fantastic opportunity for us to reduce our carbon footprint.

“Whilst many of us love the novelty of miniature toiletries when we stay in hotel rooms, they are one of the biggest causes of waste in the industry, with hundreds of soaps and bottles a day being thrown away half-used.

“The scheme stops these toiletries from ending up in landfill and we’re thrilled to be involved.”

As part of the scheme, the hotel will also send its empty bottles to a recycling plant.


Waste prevention fund available to Liverpool community groups

A £165,000 waste prevention fund has been made available for community groups trying to reduce household waste and encourage recycling and resource reuse in Liverpool.

Last year’s fund recipients at an event in Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre, Liverpool

Available for community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, the projects must demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

The money comes from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2020/21, which has run annually since 2006.

Chairperson of MRWA councillor Tony Concepcion said: “Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.”

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1000 and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

Bids must tackle one or more of the four household waste materials to have been identified by MRWA as priorities, which are food, plastics, textiles and furniture.

Previous Community Fund projects have included recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to improve people’s diet and reduce food waste, the restoration of old furniture to sell for charity and the refurbishment of unwanted rugs for resale.


Whitham Mills to supply Leadec with baler

Designer and manufacturer of waste management machinery Whitham Mills is to supply industrial service supplier Leadec with a GB1575TR fully automatic twin ram baler.

Established in 1999, Whitham Mills is based in Manchester

The order also includes a full refurbishment of Leadec’s existing conveyor.

Ben Smart, managing director of Whitham Mills, said: “Working with a world-renowned company such as Leadec is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our engineering expertise.

“The GB1575TR is one of the most powerful machines on the market and will service the needs of Leadec, now and long into the future.

“Keep an eye on our website for the upcoming case study which will examine the needs of the customer and discuss our design through to installation process.”

Whitham Mills says the GB1575TR can produce bales weighing in excess of 750kg at a rate of 13 tonnes per hour.

It is to be installed with a hydraulic de-blocker as an extra safety protection, meaning blockages in the bale chamber caused by oversized cardboard will be removed by an automated system.

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