News in brief (28/03/24)

With news on: Administrators chosen for Textile Recycling International; Oxford ends late nights at recycling centres; Gloucester HWRC to reopen; and, Commercial recycling service launched by Vale of Glamorgan.

Administrators chosen for Textile Recycling International

Joint administrators for Textile Recycling International were appointed On 21 March.

Textile Recycling
Textile Recycling International is the UK’s largest company in the sector, employing 1200 people across five sites (picture: Shutterstock)

Sarah O’Toole and Zelf Hussain were appointed to manage the companies’ affairs, business and property, and act without personal liability.

TRIL is the Parent Company of the Textile Recycling International Group (“The TRI Group”) which is Europe’s largest textile recycling business.

The business has said that the trading subsidiaries of TRIL including businesses trading under the brand names of Wilcox, CTR, Nathan’s Wastesavers and a-tex will continue to trade their operations as normal from five trading sites across the UK, collecting and sorting used clothing, shoes and textiles and exporting goods to customers across the UK, Europe and Africa.

It also highlighted that there will be no impact on the c.1,000 people employed across the trading subsidiaries at this time. Wages will continue to be paid as normal.

According to the company, Textile Recycling Group went into administration due to a number of “challenging market conditions including escalating input costs and adverse currency fluctuations”.

However, TRIL’s “secured lender has committed funding to TRIL in administration and working with the Joint Administrators in order to provide stability to The TRI Group while a solution that will secure the long-term future of the group is sought”.

Oxford ends late nights at recycling centres

Oxfordshire county council has announced that it is putting a stop to late nights at its recycling centres.

Oxfordshire county council is stopping late nights to save on costs

The seven centres that are operated by the council had previously opened until 8pm every Thursday between April and September. However, the extra service is being discontinued this year due to financial pressures facing the authority.

Councillor Pete Sudbury, deputy leader of Oxfordshire county council with responsibility for climate change, environment and future generations, said: “We realise this decision will disappoint some people but unfortunately it is not financially viable to keep it going. However, users should remember that all of our HWRCs will remain open from 8am – 5pm seven days a week, 362 days a year, to meet everyone’s waste and recycling needs.”

Gloucestershire HWRC to reopen

Gloucestershire county council has announced Wingmoor Farm household waste recycling centre will reopen on 29 March after a series of repairs were carried out.

Wingmoor Farm Household Recycling Centre will reopen on Good Friday

The site was closed in January 2024 to make “essential repairs and improvements” including the installation of new drainage system and energy-efficient lighting system.

Resurfacing work was also undertaken to replace the old tarmac and concrete surfaces, which have eroded away. A new customer access road now runs around the edge of the centre to separate customers from waste service vehicles, improving safety and reducing congestion.

However the council have reported further closures will be needed on 18 and 19 March to complete resurfacing and white lining works on the upper level.

Commercial recycling service launched by Vale of Glamorgan

The service is to help local businesses meet the Welsh workplace recycling legislation

Vale of Glamorgan council has announced that it has launched a new commercial recycling service for businesses in the area.

The service is to help local businesses meet the Welsh workplace recycling legislation. Businesses in the Vale can subscribe to receive separated recycling collections with the Council’s new “low-cost, flexible, and sustainable commercial waste service”.

Cllr Mark Wilson, cabinet member for neighbourhood services and transport, said:  “The new commercial recycling service is designed to make the transition to new Welsh Government commercial recycling regulations as easy as possible for businesses in the Vale.

“I’m delighted that we are able to offer customers a service that allows so much flexibility at a competitive price. In line with the Council’s Project Zero initiative to become carbon neutral by 2030, the changes to regulations aim to increase recycling rates in workplaces, reducing carbon emissions, and building a greener Welsh economy.”

Renewi launches battery recycling campaign in primary schools.

Renewi’s Baa-ttery recycling campaign has been launched at Crosby-on-Eden primary school with rollouts in all primary schools in Cumbria to take place this week.

Renewi launch their Baa-ttery Campaign in conjunction with Cumberland and Westmorland Council’s, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and waste recycler Valpak. 

Children have been asked to support the campaign by ‘herding’ their batteries from home over the Easter holidays.

The campaign will see collection boxes placed in all Cumbrian Primary Schools to encourage children and families to deposit their dead batteries in the special collection boxes rather than the dangerous practice of throwing batteries into household waste. Batteries in household waste can explode and cause fires.

Our community education liaison officer, Hayley Slack, commented: “The children were very excited to learn how they could help us save baa-tteries from the bin. The campaign leaflet has been sent to all primary schools explaining safe disposal of batteries and the importance of recycling them.”

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