News in Brief (08/04/16)

With news of: Environmental Waste Controls awarded Lincolnshire HWRC contract; Fife council launches ‘Food for Thought’ campaign; Mick George provides Boston employment opportunities; Cardiff seeks partner for new reuse project, and; H2 Energy Group enters administration.

Lincolnshire awards Bourne HWRC contract

Lincolnshire county council has awarded Environmental Waste Controls a one-year contract to run its new household waste recycling centre (HWRC) at Bourne.

The contract started on 1 April 2016 and the centre is will be officially opened to the public on 10 May 2016, although is already in operation.

New recycling centre at Bourne is operational
New recycling centre at Bourne is operational

Bill Edwards, executive chairman of Environmental Waste Controls said: “This new contract with Lincolnshire county council comes hot on the heels of winning the contract to manage all of Warrington borough council’s Community Recycling Centres, and represents our next step forward in the local authority market.”

Cllr Reg Shore, executive member for waste and recycling at Lincolnshire county council, added: “I’m delighted that we have built a new recycling centre in Bourne. The new site is modern, efficient, easy to navigate and has extra capacity to take people’s recycling.

“Since the council and EWC have been working together to manage the facilities at Market Rasen and Spalding, recycling rates really have gone from strength to strength.”


Fife council launches ‘Food For Thought’ business campaign

Fife council is raising awareness of the new Scottish waste regulations for small businesses with its ‘Food For Thought’ campaign.

Changes to waste regulations for businesses came into effect in January 2016. Under these new regulations, those generating more than 5kg of food waste per week are required by law to present their food waste separately for recycling or face a fine.

Rory Stewart, Fife’s senior manager of protective services, said: “Our ‘Food For Thought’ campaign is particularly aimed at street traders, but if your business processes, distributes, prepares or sells food then these new regulations apply to you.

“Food businesses now need to put food in a container with a lid that can be closed and sealed and make suitable collection arrangements.

“Separating food waste is simple, as long as you select the right food bins or bags for your waste.”

The initial requirements for larger food businesses by Waste (Scotland) Regulations came into effect in 2014 but were only legally applicable to those businesses generating more than 50kg of food waste each week.


Mick George opens Boston site

Mick George has opened a new site at Boston in Lincolnshire specialising aggregates and commercial waste amongst other operations.

The company is advertising for a number of jobs at the site and roles available include Concrete plant supervisors, Grab operatives and driver vacancies with the company extending its operations and supplying its Skip Hire, Aggregates and Commercial Waste services to domestic and commercial markets.

New Boston site brings local benefits
Mick George has opened a Boston site

Jon Stump, finance director at Mick George said: “Commercially we have gained a lot of interest in and around Boston for our products and services, so the natural progression was to have a facility within the region whereby we can supply demand.”

Additionally, the company will be opening up its £250,000 annual ‘Community Fund’ for worthy local initiatives.

Mr Stump added: “We have forged some wonderful relationships within the local communities around our other sites and that is something we’re keen to replicate here.

“The community fund offering has gone a long way in helping create, restore and protect a variety of developments over the years with over £1 million donated, and it’s nice to be able to make this available to a new audience.’’


Cardiff council seek partner for reusable material project

City of Cardiff council is looking to secure a partner to manage its new project involving processing reusable material collected from residents.

The project will involve collecting bulky reusable waste from households and initially running a ‘pop up’ reuse shop in a suitable council building. It is hoped that eventually it will be housed at a warehouse where residents can donate waste and repairs and safety checks can be carried out before reissuing.

A spokesperson for city of Cardiff council said: “We are looking for a third sector partner to run a strategy which has massive community benefits and is also designed to help us meet our statutory recycling targets.”

Notice of the scheme can be found on the Welsh Government website Sell2Wales and interested parties should submit written proposals by midday on 15 April.


H2 Energy Group Limited enters administration

H2 Energy Group Limited and H2 Energy Limited, Merseyside-based food waste treatment specialists, have entered administration.

Jason Baker and Miles Needham of FRP Advisory have been appointed as joint administrators and will continue to operate the business as normal whilst marketing the business and assets for sale.

H2 Energy Liverpool launch event for Bio-Refinery unit
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson opened an H2 Energy site in 2014

Known collectively as H2 Energy, the Liverpool-based precision engineering and manufacturing firm specialises in the processing of organic waste products into renewable energy.

H2 Energy, which employed 75 people at the point of entering administration, had received funding from lenders including Liverpool city council via Liverpool Vision and Privilege Project Finance Limited but recently faced ‘unsustainable pressure’ on its cash-flow, the administrators claim.

The group’s board has said it is fully supportive of the efforts of the joint administrators in finding a ‘more sustainable solution for the business’ and the continuation of job opportunities in H2 Energy’s bio-refinery investments.


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