News in brief (10/10/19)

With news on; Sackers wins UK Power Networks contract; Vegware launches courier recycling service; Kings Lynn signs Courtauld commitment, and; Enva achieves zero waste to landfill at Solheim cup.

Sackers win UK Power Networks contract

Metal recyclers Sackers have secured the contract with UK Power Networks for removal and disposal of scrap metal and cable.

Sackers won a contract with UK Power Networks

The materials will be processed from all of the UK Power Networks sites in South East England and recycled in London and the South East. The contract runs for an initial four years, with a four year extension option available.

David Dodds, joint managing director of Sackers, which is based in Claydon near Ipswich, said: “We are delighted to be able to deliver this service to UK Power Networks which we’ve started to roll out already.

“Our cable granulator has allowed us to offer good value and the ability to process on site. We have a three strong compliance team which is at the forefront of all our work which ensures we can meet all their licensing and compliance needs.”

Sackers’ cable granulator enables them to be the final processor of cable for within the manufacturing and engineering sector.

Vegware launches courier recycling service

Vegware are working with First Mile recycling to provide a national end-of-life solution for its foodservice disposables.

Vegware is working with First Mile recycling to provide a courier recycling service

The scheme will use RecycleBox – First Mile’s courier-led recycling service – to allow Vegware’s compostable packaging to be recycled where the materials cannot be collected by local authorities or other waste companies. Vegware must be kept out of mixed recycling collections.

Bruce Bratley, First Mile founder and CEO, said: “There’s no doubt that the popularity of compostable packaging is on the increase as consumers look for an alternative to conventional plastic.

“However, the waste industry has been much slower to react, making it hard – and almost impossible in some locations – to ensure that used products end up in the correct facility to be recycled properly.”

He added: “With the help of our RecycleBox, Vegware customers across the country can now confidently and easily recycle their items.”

Kings Lynn council sign Courtauld commitment

Kings Lynn borough council have committed to reducing food and drink waste in the area across the food chain by signing the Courtauld 2025 commitment.

Cllr Ian Devereux holding up the Courtauld agreement with Helen Gilbert from King’s Lynn Foodbank

Councillor Ian Devereux – cabinet member for the environment at Kings Lynn – signed the pledge at King’s Lynn Foodbank on 24 September.

The Courtauld agreement is led by WRAP and commits signatories to developing good practise with other, engaging residents and colleagues in changing consumption habits, and reporting annually to WRAP on work with residents.

Councillor Devereux said: “I’m proud to sign the Courtauld 2025 commitment. The aim is to achieve a 20% reduction in food and drink waste and a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of food and drink consumed in the UK, as well as a reduction in impact associated with water use in the supply chain.

“Signing the commitment here, at King’s Lynn Foodbank, is symbolic as the work they carry out is vital in supporting local residents and an excellent example of not letting food go to waste”.

Kings Lynn join a host of other local authorities who have also signed the Courtauld 2025 commitment, including Essex county council, North East Derbyshire district council and West Oxfordshire district council.

Enva achieve zero waste to landfill at Solheim Cup

Europe’s win at the Solheim cup golfing tournament last month has been matched by Enva’s success ensuring zero waste from the event was landfilled.

Enva ensured zero waste from the Solheim cup was sent to landfill

Enva provided over 300 recycling containers to the women’s golfing competition which is held in Perthshire, Scotland. These bins allowed the 90,000 spectators, players, caddies and support teams to recycle paper, plastic, tin cans, cardboard, food and glass.

Recyclable materials were sorted and sent to one of Enva’s recycling facilities for further processing, whilst residual waste was manufactured into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).

Barry Coughlan, Enva’s managing director, said: “The Solheim cup is regarded by many as the pinnacle of women’ golf so it is only right that it has now become one of the most sustainable sporting events in the world.

“The hard work of our Enva team and the organisers resulted in none of the waste generated over the course of the event being sent to landfill.”

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