News in brief (09/03/2023)

With news on: OBE presentation for Morton; Mitie wins Bristol Airport work; O’Donovan launches reuse hub; and Recorra acquires Cliniclear.

ADBA chief executive receives OBE

Charlotte Morton receives an OBE from HRH Princess Anne (picture: British Ceremonial Arts)

The chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, Charlotte Morton has received her OBE from Princess Anne.

Ms Morton travelled to Windsor Castle to receive her OBE last month (21 February). She was awarded the honour for services to the development of the biogas industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2022.

Ms Morton commented: “I was delighted to receive this OBE from the Princess Royal, who is very knowledgeable about the biogas industry.”

ADBA’s chief executive added that she also highlighted the contribution recycling 105 billion tonnes of methane emitting organic wastes, which humans produce annually, through biogas can make to the Global Methane Pledge.

Bristol Airport contract awarded to Mitie

Facilities management company Mitie has announced it has been awarded a contract to deliver waste management services for Bristol Airport.

Mitie is to run waste services at Bristol Airport

Mitie noted that the partnership is set to last for three years, with an option to extend for a further two. The contract will see Mitie manage the airport’s waste, sorting around 2,200 tonnes per year. This will include mixed recycling, international catering waste from flights, hazardous waste, and passenger search waste items, Mitie said.

Mitie outlined it will support Bristol Airport’s ‘zero to landfill’ strategy, sending non-recyclable waste to energy recovery. The company also plans to collect food waste, which will be undertaken by a specialist vehicle that runs on commercial food waste.

Mitie Waste’s managing director Michael Taylor said: “Aligning our significant experience in the aviation sector and our ‘Resource not Waste’ approach, we are bringing sustainability to the top of the waste agenda on this contract.”

O’Donovan launches ReUse Hub

London-based waste management company O’Donovan has announced the launch of its reuse initiative, titled the ReUse Hub.

The reuse hub is accessed online

The company explained that the hub is designed to encourage reuse and help it work towards its target of net zero by 2035. O’Donovan said it will share pictures of items available for free, with the ReUse Hub link accessible on the firm’s website.

The items can then be collected from an O’Donovan depot to be repurposed. Items available, as of 9 March, include pallets, cable reels and furniture.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director commented: “We are always striving to improve and evolve, and the launch of this exciting ReUse Hub contributes to our net zero carbon targets.”

Recorra acquires Cliniclear

Recycling company Recorra has announced the acquisition of Hastings-based Cliniclear, a waste management provider to the healthcare sector.

Recorra chief executive Bill Swan with Cliniclear branding

Recorra said that the acquisition “will provide it with a national capability in clinical waste management” as well as expand its presence along the South coast.

Managing Director of Recorra, Bill Swan, commented: “Targeted acquisitions, such as Cliniclear, are an important part of our wider growth plans. This purchase broadens our geographical coverage and adds significant specialist capabilities to Recorra.

“The acquisition comes on the back of experiencing an exceptional year of organic growth and being on track for our best ever results. Significant account wins in London, such as the Kings Cross estate and Battersea Power Station and many smaller new contracts means that more clients than ever are benefiting from our approach of delivering high quality real recycling.”

Simon Prior, director of Cliniclear, said that the company is “delighted” to become part of Recorra “as they share our key values of service excellence and reliability”.

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