News in brief (13/07/21)

With news on: Cory fleet to run on biofuel; Sharp Skips receiving upgrade to Kiverco plant; Re-Gen invests £500,000 in baler; and, Willshee’s awarded waste contract by mattress firm

Cory's tug boats already carry around 1 million tonnes of waste around London each year

Cory fleet to run on biofuel

Cory has announced that its fleet of tugs, operating on the river Thames, will now run on biofuel.

Cory’s tugs carry around 1 million tonnes of waste around London a year

The move follows successful trials that resulted in a reduction of net carbon dioxide emissions by 90%.

Cory said that the biofuel, which is hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), will bring “additional air quality benefits”.

HVO is produced from waste materials such as used cooking oil and waste fats, which Cory said does not release any new carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The current fleet of tugs are responsible for transporting over 1 million tonnes of recyclable and non-recyclable waste a year.

Dougie Sutherland, CEO of Cory, said: “As a business, we are proud of our stewardship of the Thames and the river’s role in reducing the environmental impact of our operations. For people who live and work in London, our fleet of tugs and barges are a familiar sight and have gained something of an iconic status as a result.

“As well as being recognisable, we want them to also be contributing to reducing emissions on the Thames. While we know this is a great step forward, we also recognise that using HVO is a temporary measure on the road to net zero, and that is why we are also exploring opportunities for zero carbon marine vessels.”

Sharp Skips receiving upgrade to Kiverco plant

Essex-based skip hire company, Sharp Skips, is receiving an upgrade at its Rainham Material Recycling Facility (MRF).

The Kiverco plant is located in Rainham, Essex

Recycling machinery manufacturer, Kiverco, is adding new elements to the existing plant “in line with advances in technology” to ensure that it remains efficient.

This includes the installation of a 2-way separator which will increase throughput, reduce operational costs and produce cleaner products.

Commenting on the investment, Sharp Skips director, Terry Sharp said: “We were delighted with the original plant delivered by Kiverco and another upgrade which we carried out a few years back. We knew that they would help us meet our objectives with this latest investment. As our company grows, we want to invest in our plant to ensure that we have the very best waste processing capability to ensure high levels of throughput and purity.

“We are delighted to work with Kiverco again as their customer service is second to none, and we know we can always rely on their professional know-how to produce the best outcome for our business. Working with Kiverco gives us peace of mind that our money is being well invested in future-proofing our business for many years to come.”

Re-Gen invests £500,000 in baler

Re-Gen Waste has bought a £500,000 computerised baler from CK International.

The baler has a 160 tonne compaction force

The fully automatic twin ram baler has a 160 tonne compaction force, bite size calculator and integrated technology.

According to CK International, this makes it “the ideal solution” to help Re-Gen achieve the bale density and consistent bale size it  needs for shipping.

Joseph Doherty, managing director at Re-Gen Waste, explained that this equipment takes to a new level the densification of product, significantly reducing the carbon footprint for Refuse Derived fuel (RDF).

He explained: “In a continuing programme of improvement, this equipment standardises our product offering across all ranges. Bales of greater density reduce wrapping requirements, shrink loading times for bulk shipments and increase vessel load capacity for bulk shipments which is already the most carbon efficient means of transport.

“The baler was designed and manufactured by CK International on the back of a successful previous installation, with Re-Gen working closely with the Dungannon based company on a solution-specific machine to meet our requirements. We incorporated their data management technology to help monitor production and produce repeatable quality product to meet exacting international targets.”

Willshee’s awarded waste contract by mattress firm

Willshee’s Waste & Recycling has been awarded a waste management contract by mattress manufacturer, Usleep.

(l-r) Ben Kelly-Walley, Willshee’s business development manager with David Cunningham, Usleep divisional health and safety lead

Usleep’s waste streams are segregated on site into cardboard, polythene, wood, metal and general waste before being collected by Willshee’s and processed.

After processing, as much waste as possible is reused, with the rest being made into Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) which is supplied to Energy from Waste plants.

Usleep makes mattresses from two sites and describes itself as the most efficient automated mattress production processes in the UK.

David Cunningham, divisional health and safety lead for Usleep, said:“I was really impressed with this new site and commend Willshee’s for this investment. It’s great for manufacturers to have total peace of mind around having the best possible waste solution and which you can witness first-hand.”


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