31 July 2020 by Robyn White

News in Brief (31/08/20)

With news on: NWH group has won a waste contract with Atalian Servest; Malaby Biogas has reported “significant carbon negativity” of its AD operations; A Cambridgeshire waste site has been investigated by the Environment Agency; and, Blue bin collections in Stockport 


NWH group wins contract with Atalian Servest

Waste recycler NWH group has won a contract to provide waste management services including trade waste, skips, congenital shredding and specialist waste services for facility management company, Atalian Servest.

NWH and Atalian Servest will “work closely” following the contract

NWH, which operates from nine locations across Scotland and Newcastle, said the contract was won through a competitive process, and will see it working closely with the team at Atalian Servest to roll out and scale the service delivery.

Jamie  Campbell, head of service and account management at NWH Group, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Atalian Servest to deliver consultative, bespoke solutions for each of its customers. Our ability to provide such wide geographical coverage with our own fleet, combined with our advanced reporting capabilities, will undoubtedly deliver significant benefits to customers in terms of efficiency, customer service and improved environmental credentials.”

“In order to fulfil the requirements of the contract, we have already made a significant investment in assets and planning to ensure we continue to deliver impeccable customer service across the business.”


Malaby Biogas reports ‘significant carbon negativity’

Malaby Biogas – operator of the Wiltshire-based Bore Hill Farm Biodigester – has announced “significant carbon negativity” of its operations following a six-month Life Cycle Assessment.

Malaby Biogas AD facility is based in Warminster, Wiltshire

Malaby’s Bore Hill Farm Biodigester processes almost 30,000 tonnes of food and organic waste each year, converting it – by the process of anaerobic digestion – into over 7,000 MWh of renewable electricity

Along with other AD plants around the UK, Malaby said that its ‘closed-loop approach’ to dealing with food waste helped to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

Thomas Minter, director of Malaby Biogas, said: “The key findings from this LCA study really drive home the role that the UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) industry could play in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the food supply chain. Decarbonisation – on both a local and national scale – is not an ambition but a legally binding obligation.

“We urge the Government to put policies in place that support the potential of AD in the UK as part of the creation of a green recovery. Not only will this enable the Government to address its Net Zero ambitions, it will also help provide vital jobs for young people.”


Agency targets ‘illegal’ waste site in Crowland

A Cambridgeshire waste site “the size of a football pitch” has been investigated by the Environment Agency, as part of work to shut it down.

The Agency is urging people to you report waste crime to 0800 80 70 60.

Officers are urging waste carriers and traders not to drop off any rubbish at The Streddars site on Hundreds Road in Crowland.

During its inspection of the site on July 23, the Agency said it discovered piles of ‘illegally dumped’ waste, including construction and demolition materials, metals, plastics and garden waste.

The site is under criminal investigation for suspicion of operating without the legally required permits.

Yvonne Daly, environment manager at the Environment Agency, said: “It’s clear that this site has been used by rogue traders to illegally deposit waste. Activities like this have the potential to harm the environment, blight communities and undermine legitimate businesses that do follow the rules.

“Our role is to protect the environment for people and wildlife, so we won’t hesitate to take action against those who put it at risk. And to businesses flouting the rules our message is clear: you won’t get away with it.”


Stockport to continue fortnightly blue bin collections

Blue bin collections in Stockport will return to their usual fortnightly frequency from August 31, the council announced.

Changes were made to the blue bin collections amid the coronavirus crisis

The council said that it will continue to provide a green bin collection on a fortnightly basis until 29 March 2021, after which, the service will permanently return to a weekly collection in time for the busiest period of the year for garden waste.

Cllr Sheila Bailey, cabinet member for sustainable Stockport, said: “On behalf of the council I would like to express my thanks to Stockport residents for their understanding and patience during this period when changes have had to be made due to the impact of Covid-19.

“By continuing to collect green waste on a fortnightly basis for the next eight months, returning staff can be redirected to provide additional support with cleaning in the town centre and district centres as well as helping to deal with the backlog of highways, public realm, grass cutting and tree work that did not take place during the lockdown.”

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