30 June 2020 by Robyn White

News in brief (30/06/20)

With news on: WasteCare and Bradford launch decontamination service; Mach-Tech announces exchange programme;  EMR unveils net-zero strategy; Renewi aims to increase recycling rate.


WasteCare and Bradford launch decontamination service

The WasteCare Group and Bradford council have launched a service for decontaminating both public and private vehicles.

Standard prices for the service are £5 per car and £10 per commercial vehicle

The service, called CliniCare, was developed by the WasteCare Group in association with the local authority to tackle the spread of coronavirus, and is now being expanded across the country.

The service is available to taxi drivers, private hire, emergency and commercial vehicles. WasteCare says the process takes no more than five minutes per vehicle.

CliniCare will use electrostatic misting equipment, which can also be used in care homes, clinics, offices and factories.

WasteCare’s managing director, Peter Hunt, said: “We are proud to be a part of this fantastic service, helping keep the people of Bradford and the surrounding areas as safe as possible. We believe Bradford is the first city to launch such a comprehensive service.”

On completion of the service, a Certificate of Guarantee is issued along with a complimentary mask and gloves.


Mach-Tech announces exchange programme

Mach-tech says its able to restore old equipment to ‘the same quality as new’

Industrial shredder supplier Mach-tech has announced an exchange service for old machinery.

Mach-tech said that the exchange gives its engineers a chance to “not only restore an old machine to the same quality as new, but also opens the doors of opportunity to improve the quality and design of any shredder traded in”.

The company said that Bolton-based, plastic recycling firm Frank Mercers & Son recently took part in the exchange programme to replace a 10 year old Lindner Micromat 2000 with an updated version.

The supplier said that with a “highly skilled workforce” it is able to recondition the stock and place used machines of “the very highest quality” at a fraction of the cost of new.

Mach-tech said that it will take used machinery from all manufacturers such as Vecoplan, Untha and Weima.


EMR unveils net-zero strategy

Metals recycling company EMR has announced its sustainability strategy, which includes a target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

EMR’s offices at Alexandra dock

The ‘Decade of Action’ strategy establishes a 2030 net-zero target for indirect emissions created by the purchase of electric or steam, and a 2040 target for direct emissions from all owned or controlled sources.

EMR said that its net-zero commitment is underpinned by targets set out in four pillars: renewable electricity, energy productivity, movement of people and material handling and movement.

Chris Sheppard, chief executive of the EMR Group, commented: “Our Decade of Action marks the start of an exciting journey for all of us at EMR. We’re proud to set out our commitment to tackling climate change and conserving natural resources with a series of ambitious, group-wide targets.

“Using recycled materials to create new products has a huge environmental impact, saving between 50% and 90% of the energy and water consumed when creating the virgin equivalent. We recycle around 10 million tonnes of metals and plastics every year, resulting in savings of around 10 million tonnes of CO2.”


Renewi aims to increase recycling rate

Renewi has announced plans to increase its recycling rate by over 10%, to 75% by 2025.

The strategy includes introducing 65 new electric trucks to Renewi’s fleet

The target was announced as the company launched its sustainability strategy, where it also committed to “significantly reduce” its carbon emissions.

Otto de Bont, CEO of Renewi said: “The new sustainability strategy is linked to our refreshed business strategy and puts us in an excellent position to further fulfil our purpose, to protect the world by giving new life to used materials. With our recently-launched strategy we will become a leader in the production of secondary raw materials by, amongst other things, encouraging manufacturing companies to replace the current use of primary raw materials.

“Going forward, we will also increase the volumes of secondary materials produced with new and innovative processing technology fivefold, from 200.000 tonnes to over one million tonnes.”

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