25 March 2019 by Joshua Doherty

News in brief (25/03/2019)

With news on; South Gloucestershire buys site to ‘improve waste capacity’; Legislation ‘calculator’ launched by Suez and Anthesis; Council launches HWRC campaign; Coca-Cola support for spring clean initiative.


South Gloucestershire buys site to ‘improve waste capacity’

South Gloucestershire council has announced that it has acquired a waste transfer and CA site from Viridor as part of a £6.5 million project to improve recycling services for residents.

The council announced the deal last week, which will see Viridor continue to operate the Filton Collections Unit on the North Bristol Park industrial estate until 2021, at which point the council will demolish the existing facilities and deliver a new transfer station, a depot for waste vehicles, a CA-site and a possible re-use shop.

Councillor Paul Hughes said the deal will help the council deliver better waste services

The council added it took the move to both improve recycling services and increase capacity to manage household waste from the growing communities in the area. Once the new facility is complete the existing CA site will be closed.

Commenting on the deal, Councillor Paul Hughes, cabinet member for tourism and communities, said: “We are a growing community and we are committed to growing sustainably and it is important that we invest now for the future infrastructure to support new communities as well as existing residents.

“By redeveloping this site, we will be able to manage waste and recycling services closer to the growth areas around Filton. It will help us further improve residents’ experience of the recycling service because the new Sort It centre will be larger than at Little Stoke. We are already recycling more than 51 per cent of our household waste and we’re well on the way to reaching our 60 per cent target.”


Legislation ‘calculator’ launched by Suez and Anthesis

A tool to help councils calculate the possible impact of future government waste policy on the cost of their services has been launched by Suez and the consultancy firm Anthesis.

The tool is free to use and aims to help local authorities estimate the potential financial and operational implications of the different Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) scenarios, and full net cost recovery Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) proposals, on their individual services.

The Policy Impact Calculator was developed by Anthesis Group and Suez

The ‘Resources and waste Policy Impact Calculator’ was developed by Anthesis Group and Suez, together with support from LARAC, Project Integra and the Kent Resource Partnership. It went live on the Suez website last week.

Commenting on the launch, Beth Simpson, principal consultant at Anthesis said: “Accurately assessing the potential impacts around future policy is a crucial undertaking for local authorities.

“With major reforms now a near-term prospect off the back of the government consultations, it’s vital that authorities respond in an informed, constructive manner, with the evidence to support their views.”

Lee Marshall, chief executive of the Local Authority Recycling  added: “LARAC is keen that members respond to the consultations on DRS and EPR and this tool will be key for them to submit responses with good evidence on the impact on local authorities of a DRS.”


 Council launches HWRC recycling campaign

Mid and East Antrim Borough council has begun a campaign to improve recycling rates at its Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).

The council said that a recent review of sites – known locally as HRCs – has found that much of the waste that goes into general waste containers there could be recycled.

Councillor Lindsay Millar (right) said the campaign will help to improve recycling rates across the region

Wider work across Northern Ireland has seen councils work together on a communications campaign using consistent messaging to support householders to re-use and recycle as many items as possible when they visit the sites.

Mid and East Antrim borough council is supporting this Household Recycling Centre campaign, which will see every householder in the Borough receive a leaflet explaining how to how to use their household recycling centre more effectively.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Council, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “It’s encouraging to see that many people already do a great job recycling and doing their bit towards making Mid and East Antrim a cleaner and greener area.

“Our citizens have to be commended for their incredible recycling efforts so this campaign will only make our already impressive figures better.”


Coca-Cola ‘offers support’ for spring clean campaign

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced that its employees are supporting this year’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’ initiative.

One of the CCEP teams in Uxbridge (Picture: Jake Darling)

Employees at CCEP will offer their support in a series of clean-up events happening across the UK. The initiative, driven by national charity Keep Britain Tidy, which runs from 22 March – 23 April and include around one hundred CCEP volunteers, who will join a taskforce of around 500,000 ‘litter heroes’.

Around 40 clean-up events will take place across the UK, – ten of which will be run nearby the business’ manufacturing sites and offices (from East Kilbride and Edmonton, to Nottingham and Sidcup), with a further 30 events being run by CCEP employees in their local communities.

“Many of these employees form part of CCEP’s network of ‘sustainability champions’ – an internal team dedicated to driving positive environmental change up and down the country,” CCEP said in a statement.

Commenting on the partnership, Lisa Foster, sustainable packaging manager at Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “We’re committed to using our scale, reach and expertise to address the environmental challenges faced by today’s society. Partnering with likeminded organisations like Keep Britain Tidy is a key part of this, and we’re proud to have first started working with the charity over 50 years ago, across a range of recycling and litter reduction initiatives and research.”

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