16 February 2010

News in Brief

WREN distributes nearly £300,000

WREN, the environmental body which distributes landfill tax credits on behalf of Northampton-based Waste Recycling Group (WRG), has awarded nearly £300,000 to 11 projects in England and Scotland.

The projects, which all fall within a 10-mile radius of landfill sites, are intended to help harness local volunteers and improve the surrounding area. WREN, which stands for Waste Recycling Environmental, awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK. WREN distributes money from WRG's payments to the Landfill Communities Fund through the annual Gift Aid programme to projects which aim to improve the standard of and access to community areas. Since 1988, WREN has granted over £118 million to more than 4,800 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a WRG landfill site.

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “Open and green spaces offer valuable places for people to come together and promote a real sense of community spirit, particularly in deprived areas. We're delighted to distribute this funding to projects which bring neighbourhoods together, helping to provide or improve these spaces.”

Local campaign revives recycling mascot

The Mr Tippin' mascot has proven a popular character at Viridor's Usk recycling centre

The Mr Tippin’ mascot has proven a popular character at Viridor’s Usk recycling centre

Viridor has reinstated a recycling mascot at its recycling centre in Monmouthshire following a local campaign to revive the popular character.

The waste management company, which runs the Usk recycling centre in South Wales, had planned to permanently remove the figure, known as Mr Tippin', but a letter from local office worker, Linda Vokes, made it reconsider. Ms Vokes, who commended Viridor's management of the Usk site, implored the Taunton-based firm to keep the character as “he was a talking point in the town and [is] missed by local people”. Mr Tippin' is now expected to be used at Viridor's other recycling centres in Monmouthshire over the coming months including Llanfoist, Caerwent and Mitchel Troy.

Paul Smith, manager of the recycling centre in Usk, said: “We recognised the mistake we'd made by giving Mr Tippin' his marching orders. Now he's back we'll make every effort to keep him up-to-date with the latest fashion trends from the textiles banks at the recycling centre.”

Severnside launches redesigned company website

Caerphilly-based waste and recycling firm Severnside Recycling has unveiled a redesigned website to put greater emphasis on the recycling and recovery elements of its business.

The website, www.severnside.com, also includes an online audit tool, which allows organisations to identify opportunities to deliver cost savings and improved environmental performance by decreasing landfill dependence. The website redesign is also aimed at incorporating the growth of the firm from a paper and packaging recycling specialist to cover a wider range of recycling of waste materials. The site also aims to increase awareness of non-landfill waste management to businesses and highlight the importance of sustainability as part of their every day operations.

Tim Price, Severnside's national commercial manager, sales and marketing, said: “This is a clear statement to the market that while we are specialists in fibre management, we're now also seen as a market leader in integrated recycling and waste management solutions. Indeed, we utilise the latest landfill alternatives and technologies to help our customers work towards zero landfill.”

Wastepack makes appointment

James Geary has taken on the additional role of company secretary at Wastepack

James Geary has taken on the additional role of company secretary at Wastepack

Packaging waste compliance scheme Wastepack has announced the appointment of James Geary, its current director of legal affairs, to the additional role of company secretary.

Mr Geary previously advised the Essex-based firm, which is one of the largest compliance schemes in the UK, in his role as the lead of the waste resource management team at EMW Picton Howell LLP and, after joining Wastepack, became responsible for all legal matters relating to the company. Mr Geary, 32, read law at Durham University and qualified as a solicitor with EMW in 2002.

Commenting on his new role, Mr Geary said “Producer responsibility legislation has captured my attention as a growing and dynamic area of law. The Wastepack Group has a strong presence in the sector and my new responsibilities provide me with an ideal opportunity to hone my environmental law expertise in a commercial arena.”

Yellow Pages targets reduced waste with smaller directory

Yellow Pages phone directories are set to be published in a more compact size from June 2010, in a move which will lead to less waste being created.

For the past 40 years, Yellow Pages have come in an A4 format but under the change to a smaller size – which sees them reduced five centimetres in height and four centimetres in with – is also aimed at improving the usage of the directory. The overall number of pages in each edition will remain similar to the traditional A4 format, but its reduced height and width means it will be small enough to fit through standard size letter boxes at households and businesses. Yellow Pages directories contain on average 54% recycled fibre content, with the virgin pulp comprising the rest of the directory sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Jason Smith, director of printed products at Yell which publishes Yellow Pages directories, said: “Our research shows they find a modern, compact size directory a very handy format and this has the potential for driving further usage, ensuring we continue to provide strong value to our advertisers by helping generate sales leads for them.”

Wales adopts boiler scrappage scheme

The Welsh Assembly Government has allocated £2.5 million to introduce the boiler scrappage scheme in Wales in 2010/11 – in a move which could lead to an increase in the volume of scrap metal for recycling.

The scheme, which was adopted in England in January, will be specifically targeted at over-60s in Wales, and will see owners of inefficient ‘g'-rated boilers given a £500 voucher towards purchasing an energy efficient ‘a'-rated boiler. Details of the of the delivery mechanism and application process for the scheme are currently being finalised and will be announced shortly. The scheme will open for applications on April 1.

In her statement to Assembly Members, environment minister, Jane Davidson, said: “We have allocated £2.5 million to the boiler scrappage scheme for 2010/11 and expect up to 5,000 Welsh households to benefit from a significant improvement in the energy performance of their heating systems as a result.”


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