News in brief (24/11/2017)

With news on: Viridor announces Lidl partnership; Zero Waste Scotland teams up on food; CS Recycling celebrates 80 years; B&M named Sustainable Business of the Year; and Gaskells tackles bin sleeping.

Viridor announces Lidl Exeter partnership

Viridor has announced a new partnership with Lidl to provide general, wood, plastic and hazardous waste services to the £55 million Lidl Exeter Distribution Centre.

Viridor’s energy recovery facility at Exeter ERF

Viridor commercial manager (East and Central) Victoria Waterhouse said the company was pleased to be working with Lidl at the distribution centre, a facility which was bringing more than 500 jobs to the region and which supports local suppliers.

Victoria said: “This success is a prime example of Sales and Collections coming together to provide a blue chip partner with a sustainable solution and making use of our energy recovery facility in Exeter.

“I have been working with Lidl to produce a contract which addresses its specific waste management goals and this has been successfully developed with the help and support of the Viridor Exeter Logistics Unit.”

Zero Waste Scotland teams up on food waste

Olympic Bronze Medallist Eve Muirhead and brothers Glen and Thomas are working with Zero Waste Scotland to call on people to embrace their freezers and help cut food waste.

Eve Muirhead and brothers Glen and Thomas

According to the organisation, Scotland throws away £1.1 billion worth of good food every year, despite the fact that much of this food could have been frozen and eaten at a later date.

To mark European Week for Waste Reduction 2017, Zero Waste Scotland launched a campaign to encourage everyone to ‘Love their Freezers’. Backing the campaign is the famous curling family, who are currently preparing for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018.

With food waste a 1.35 million tonnes annual problem in Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland is encouraging people to think of their freezer before heading for the waste bin.

CS Recycling celebrates 80 years in business

Hertfordshire recycling company CS Recycling has been celebrating 80 years in business.

Chas Storer
Craig Curtis (centre) managing director of Chas Storer with colleagues

The company was founded as Chas Storer Ltd, and now trades as CS Recycling.

The family-run firm still collects paper and cardboard from businesses and organisations across the South East of England, focussing in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and North London. In recent years, it has also collected polythene plastics for recycling.

And, the company’s managing director Craig Curtis a board member of The Recycling Association trade body and a supporter of up-and-coming local businesses.

CS Recycling is also working in the community having sponsored Potters Bar district Under 11s earlier this year, and is developing a programme for primary schools in the area to help children understand the benefits of recycling.


B&M named Birmingham’s Sustainable Business of the Year

B&M Waste Services has been awarded the Environmental and Sustainability Award at Downtown in Business’ inaugural City of Birmingham Business Awards.

Amber Greenhalgh, commercial general manager said “We are thrilled to bits with the win, it really is fantastic! Locating to Birmingham has already proven to be a great success, and we are truly honoured to have won.”

B&M Waste officially expanded into Birmingham in August this year, creating 12 new jobs.

The company chose to work with Birmingham Children’s Hospital as their local nominated charity, taking part in the Big Sleuth Challenge as well as one employee recently abseiling down the Three Brindley Place building in Birmingham to fundraise.

B&M Waste said it has been carbon neutral since 2011 and were recently assessed to PAS 402:2013 level.

 Gaskells helps tackle bin sleeping

Merseyside-based waste management company Gaskells has joined forces with Liverpool homeless charity, the Whitechapel Centre, to raise awareness of the dangers of people sleeping in bins.

Part of the Gaskells’ fleet


The number of people sleeping rough is on the rise, and figures from the Environmental Services Association (ESA) have shown over a five year period, between 2011 and 2016, ten people who were rough sleepers and had sought refuge in a commercial bin have died, Gaskells reports.

The company is running a campaign with stickers being applied to all it’s containers, warning of the dangers of sleeping in bins.

The stickers display contact details for support services to encourage more people to come forward for help for advice.


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