News in brief (19/06/2024)

With news on: Mars Wrigley trials ‘cocoa cardboard’; NWH Group partners with Partick FC; LARAC hires policy officer; and, CIWM trustee Adam Read is awarded MBE

Mars Wrigley trials ‘cocoa cardboard’

Mars Wrigley UK has entered the second phase of its pilot programme with Tesco, testing a new display crafted from waste cocoa bean shells and recycled paper.

The display is made from cocoa cardboard, a corrugated cardboard fibre made from cocoa bean shells and recycled paper. Mars Wrigley has said that the use of this cardboard “eliminates the need for virgin tree fibres”.

Adam Grant, UK general manager, Mars Wrigley, said: “Cocoa Cardboard represents the next stage in our commitment to reach Net Zero by 2050 and reduce our Green House Gas emissions. We have a huge sustainability focus at Mars Wrigley, driven by our Sustainable in a Generation plan, and it extends into our manufacturing and supply chain, too.

“Our vision is to create a new display material that has all the benefits of cardboard but with enhanced credentials. The development of Cocoa Cardboard will enable us to drive the efficiency and effectiveness of display materials in a more circular way, benefiting our customer partners, consumers and the planet.”

NWH Group partners with Partick FC

The NWH Group, a family-owned national waste management and recycling business, has secured a three-year partnership with Partick Thistle Football Club.

Partick Thistle segregates waste at source and it is then segregated further at NWH’s processing depot.

Lewis Dickson, commercial executive at Partick Thistle, said: “As we endeavour to advance our green credentials, we are extremely pleased to welcome NWH into our partnership family. Together, this partnership reinforces our commitment to reducing waste, especially on matchdays.”

LARAC hires policy officer

LARAC has announced the appointment of Tom McBeth as its new policy officer.

Tom McBeth joins LARAC from Recoup, where he served as policy and infrastructure manager for nearly five years.

During his tenure, he conducted research, data analysis and report writing on the use, disposal and recycling of plastics. He also managed and delivered projects, collaborating with organisations to identify and implement collection and recycling solutions on an international scale. Mr McBeth was nominated by his peers for the 35 under 35 Award in 2022.

Toni McNamara, LARAC’s policy and communications lead, said, “Tom is looking forward to advocating for all LARAC members on policy issues as we navigate the stormy waters of waste policy. As we continue to have uncertain but exciting times for everyone in the sector, I am sure Tom will bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to this new and exciting role; he will be a great asset to LARAC, and we are delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Adam Read awarded MBE

CIWM has announced that Dr Adam Read MBE, its past president, current trustee and fellow, has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the King’s Birthday Honours List 2024 for his services to advancing the waste and resources agenda.

CIWM’s CEO, Sarah Poulter, said: “Dr Read’s recognition is extremely well deserved, and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and personally thank him for his service to CIWM and the wider sector. Adam is a natural leader, a fact that was reflected in his efforts to ensure that CIWM and the waste and resources agenda was properly represented during COP26.

“His commitment to green skills and diversity, together with his passion for promoting the sector to employees of the future, is unparalleled, and we look forward to continuing to benefit from his experience and enthusiasm for many years to come.”

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