News in brief (09/04/21)

With news on: Grundon announces partnership with cricket club; Eunomia to develop waste policy recommendations for St Lucia; ULCS to collect waste for businesses across Gloucester and Cheltenham; and, Enva director awarded CIWM fellowship

Grundon announces partnership with cricket club

Waste management company Grundon has announced a sustainability partnership with Gloucestershire Cricket Club to help it meet environmental goals.

Gloucestershire cricket club players in front of a Grundon RCV at the Bristol County Ground

The partnership will run for three years and over the course of this period, Grundon will work with the club to improve its environmental performance.

So far, Grundon has supplied colour-coded waste-wheelers to segregate waste streams including mixed recycling, glass, food waste and general waste, making it easy for visitors and employees to recognise what waste goes where.

Grundon will also provide skips for general, bulky, and green waste, and will be making weekly collections.

Daniel Peacey, regional sales manager at Grundon Waste Management, said: “We are thoroughly excited to be Gloucestershire Cricket Club’s sustainability partner and we are very much looking forward to working with the team and supporting their continued efforts to be ‘greener’.”

Eunomia to develop plastic waste policy recommendations for St Lucia

Environmental consultancy Eunomia is undertaking a project to provide policy recommendations to reduce plastic waste in Saint Lucia.

Eunomia will research existing policies on plastic waste

Appointed the project by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, it will see Eunomia research existing policies and legislation around plastic waste, and “identify where gaps exist”.

The proposed measures will aim to prevent plastic waste, increase reuse and recycling of plastic items and to “stimulate local and regional economic opportunities through resource recovery”.

Project manager Sydnee Grushack said: “We are excited to bring Eunomia’s expertise in plastics management and policy development to the Caribbean, an area with first-hand exposure to the marine plastics crisis. We look forward to working with IUCN and the government in Saint Lucia to provide policy recommendations that can help tackle plastics pollution and contribute to future sustainable growth for the island.”

ULCS to collect waste for businesses across Gloucester and Cheltenham

Urbaser Ltd Commercial Services (ULCS) started providing waste and recycling collection services for businesses across Gloucester and Cheltenham at the beginning of this month.

The service began on 1 April

All non-recyclable waste that is collected will be converted into renewable energy at the Javelin Park Energy from Waste (EfW) facility.

The new commercial waste services contract was acquired from Amey and ULCS will be taking over 450 existing business customer contracts in the area.

ULCS was launched in 2020 to provide the full range of trade waste and recycling collection service.

Gary McKinnon, commercial business manager at ULCS, said: “We welcome the opportunity to help local businesses in Gloucestershire reduce their carbon footprint and we are committed to providing a high standard of service”.

Enva director awarded CIWM fellowship

Group business development director at Enva, Vicki Hughes, has attained Fellowship of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) for her contribution the UK waste and recycling sector.

Vicki Hughes is technical lead for the Wood Recycling Association

Ms Hughes was recognised for her contribution as a CIWM trustee and her work as a technical lead for the Wood Recycling Association.

Described as “a pioneer of wood recycling in the UK”, Ms Hughes is “passionate about attracting young talent” into the sector and increasing awareness of the career opportunities it offers.

She said: “I hope to utilise my Fellowship and experience of the sector to open more doors for young people and particularly women wanting to build careers in the environmental and sustainability sector. A vital part of this is better engagement with schools, colleges and universities but equally we need role models and proof that it is possible to succeed in this industry irrespective of gender or background.”


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