News in brief (10/08/2022)

With news on: Bryson Recycling achieves 10% increase of target material; Biffa to partner with Scottish Women’s football; West Berkshire opens two mini recycling centres; and, Currys brings back ‘cash for trash’.

Bryson Recycling achieves 10% increase of target material

Bryson Recycling has reported an increase of 10% of picked target material achieved with an AI-driven waste sorting robot at its MRF in Mallusk. 

In partnership with Recycleye Limited, Bryson Recycling aimed to increase the efficiency and quality of its recycling service. It focused on picking brown board, cartons, plastics and cans from a mixed line.

The AI-driven waste sorting robot increased the amount of target material picked by 10%

The robot is said to be picking consistently, producing an average of 400,000 items of target material a month, generating a 10% increase of material picked.

According to Recycleye, its waste-picking robot Recycleye Robotics, picks and places the material at a speed of between 35 to 50 picks a minute, “faster and more consistently than human operatives”.
The intelligent picking system is powered by Recycleye Vision, an AI computer vision system driven by machine learning, which detects all individual items on waste streams by material and object.

The AI system was retro-fitted in September 2021 over the Mallusk facility’s existing waste stream conveyor belts, and works alongside, but separate to human operatives.

Biffa to partner with Scottish Women’s football

Biffa has announced it will become the headline partner to the Scottish Women’s Football League, being the first commercial partnership in the competition’s history.

The company said that the competition will be renamed the Biffa Scottish Women’s Football League and “signals the growing interest in women’s football across all levels of the game”.

The partnership is said to follow on from Biffa’s sponsorship of the 2021/22 Scottish Women’s Cup.

Aileen Campbell, chief executive officer at Scottish Women’s Football, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to continue our working relationship with Biffa.
“Women’s Football is growing fast in Scotland, and SWF is determined that there are opportunities for women and girls to succeed all over the country.”

West Berkshire opens two mini recycling centres

West Berkshire council has announced that it has opened two new mini recycling centres in the district in partnership with their waste contractor Veolia.

The council explained that the sites are located in East Garston and at the end of Theale High Street.

West Berkshire council has opened two mini recycling centres in partnership with Veolia (picture: West Berkshire council)

It added that the mini recycling centres have banks for plastic pots, tubs, trays cans, small electricals, cardboard and paper, with banks for food and drink cartons – including paper tubes with metal ends – and textiles coming soon.

The Theale facility is set to replace the existing smaller Theale site, bringing the number of mini recycling centres to eight.

Currys brings back ‘cash for trash’

Tech retailer Currys has this week (8 August) unveiled walls of waste across London, Leeds, and Manchester for passers-by to help themselves to.

The move is said to mark the return of ‘cash for trash’, which first ran in March and gave customers the opportunity to hand in their old, broken or unused tech at their nearest store in exchange for a voucher or cash worth £5 or more.

A customer returns packaging from a television at a branch of Currys

Currys said that counting just small tech alone, it collected 267 tonnes of tech electricals, 87% more than the previous month.

This week will see passers-by able to help themselves to a piece from walls of broken tech to take to a Currys store to be exchanged for a voucher. Staff will also help members of the public understand how to recycle their e-waste.
Currys explained that it recycles 65,000 tonnes of tech annually, adding up to 800,000 tonnes of tech diverted from landfill since 2007. In 2021, 40% of all e-waste collected by UK retailers was said to be collected by the retailer.

‘Cash for trash’ walls of waste are situated in London (Westfield Shepherd’s Bush), Leeds (Sidney St) and Manchester (Spinningfields Square), until 10 August.

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