News in brief (27/10/21)

With news on: Sculptures call on PM to act on food waste; Alfred H Knight announces Scottish sample facility; Geminor develops process for 100% recycled stretch film; and, Redcar EfW plant looks to join carbon capture project


Sculptures call on PM to act on food waste

Three sculptures of the UK’s “most wasted” food items – potatoes, milk and bread – have been erected in London’s South Bank.

The installations were erected in South Bank ahead of COP26

Created by surplus food app and social impact company, Too Good To Go, the installation aims to call on the prime minister to “take action on food waste”.

It comes ahead of COP26, which Too Good To Go says is an “unmissable opportunity” to enact real change in food systems.

The company has also launched a petition, calling on the prime minister to making food waste part of the agenda at COP26 and to commit to a 50% reduction of food waste by 2030.

Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go said: “It’s staggering that despite all the research to prove that food waste is causing climate change, it’s nowhere to be seen on the government’s agenda for COP26 or beyond”.


Alfred H Knight announces Scottish sample facility

Alfred H Knight has announced the development of a specialist sample preparation facility in Scotland, due to open its doors in early 2022.

The facility will be open early 2022

The company said that the facility will help support an increased demand for sampling and analysis services in the waste and solid fuel sectors.

Located within Olympic Business Park in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire the 15,000 square foot site will expedite the current testing process through lessening the workload of the current headquarters in Dundonald.

Once prepared, samples will then be sent to the Dundonald headquarters, also located in Kilmarnock for analysis.

David Kerrigan, group head of energy services explained: “After observing the evolution of the ‘energy sector’ and diversification of our service portfolio we decided that now was the correct time to significantly invest and develop a ‘state of the art’ sample preparation facility.

“It will provide our clientele a more efficient and wider service offering, whilst looking forward to future growth and ultimately respond better to the ever evolving industry needs.”


Geminor develops process for 100% recycled stretch film

Geminor is producing a type of stretch film developed from 100% recycled plastic feedstock.

The film is mainly from the agriculture industry

The company said that the plastic film is mainly from waste plastic used in agriculture; the agricultural waste plastic is collected and sent to a production plant where it is quality checked and run through a washing and preparation process.

The plastic is then granulated and ground and ends up as raw material in a production process of new stretch film.

Bjorn Haaland, account and development manager at Geminor explained that the company have handled plastic waste from agriculture for a “long time” and have “always wanted a climate-friendly solution for its disposal”.

He added that now, with several partners, it has now found a process that ensures “complete and efficient reuse of the stretch film”.

Mr Haaland continued: “It makes no sense to use plastic made from virgin raw materials when you have fully recycled and strong alternatives available, and the pricing is reasonable”.


Redcar EfW plant looks to join carbon capture project

The facility was given planning permission in February

A £300 million energy from waste (EfW) plant in Redcar has signed an agreement to explore opportunities to connect to local carbon capture infrastructure.

Redcar Holdings Ltd has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) to help reduce its industrial carbon emissions.

Redcar Holdings is a joint venture between investment company Low Carbon and waste processing company PMAC Energy. The two have come together to develop the Redcar Energy Centrer on Teesside.

Having signed the agreement, Redcar Holdings will explore how the Redcar Energy Centre could connect to the NEP’s carbon capture infrastructure.

Dominic Noel-Johnson, investment director at Low Carbon, said: “We look forward to working with bp and the other consortium members to explore ways Redcar Energy Centre could potentially supply CO2 to the NEP, and become one of the first energy from waste plants in the world to become carbon negative.”

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