News in brief (29/04/2022)

With news on: Asda donates £1.4m to food charity FareShare; Geminor biogas transport cuts emissions; CIWM launches equality, diversity and inclusion strategy; and, Newcastle installed rainbow from recycled cans for Earth Day.


Asda donates £1.4m to food charity FareShare

Retailer Asda has donated £1.4 million to set up the ‘All Good Food Fund’, a project with FareShare which is hoped will lead to 10 million meals being donated to charities across the country.

As part of the new fund, Asda suppliers will be able to apply for funding to help pay for additional costs, such as labour and transport, making it easier for food to be donated.

Retailer Asda has partnered with food charity FareShare in a bid to minimise food waste

This means that good-to-eat surplus food, which would not have been able to be sold in store can now be redistributed to FareShare and its network of 10,500 charities across the UK.

Kloe Tegg, better starts manager at Asda, said: “This investment will give our suppliers the capability to do both and make sure the food they produce, sold or not is not wasted and goes to those who need it most.”


Geminor biogas transport cuts emissions

Geminor says its waste transport on biogas lorries reduced CO2 emissions by 153 tonnes in Norway last year, a cut of up to 94% compared to diesel transport.

In 2020, Geminor and the inter-municipal waste company Vestfold Avfall and Ressurs AS commenced a three-year agreement on the transport and disposal of 36,000 tonnes of residual waste for energy recovery per year. Since then, the waste has been transported from the cities of Tonsberg and Larvik to EfW plants in other parts of eastern Norway.

Geminor has been using biogas lorries to transport waste since 2020

The Norwegian Environment Agency’s data shows that emissions from transport with climate-neutral biogas only make up 6% of the emissions from diesel trucks.

A company review of the waste transport in 2021 shows that in a total of 168,663 kilometers last year, the biogas-powered lorries’ emissions were measured to be 9.6 tonnes of CO2. If the same load was to be transported with diesel, the emissions would have reached 162.9 tonnes of CO2.

Vidar Monsen, Geminor’s account and development manager for Eastern Norway, said: “It is also important to utilize the biogas close to where it is produced, rather than transporting it elsewhere. This makes biogas transport more sustainable.”


CIWM launches equality, diversity and inclusion strategy

Following the establishment of its equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) working group in 2021, CIWM has this week (27 April) launched its 3-year EDI strategy.

The strategy seeks to ensure the institution is open and inclusive to all, regardless of background, ability, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

CIWM said it is committed to ensuring opportunities and support are fair and equal across the organisation, its membership and the whole recycling and resource management sector.

Commenting on the launch, CIWM CEO, Sarah Poulter, said: “As the Institution’s first female CEO, I feel particularly honoured to be introducing our new EDI strategy. This is initially a three-year project, but we’ve already started making changes within the Institution. To begin with our focus will be on getting our own house in order and embedding these principles throughout the organisation. But as we progress, we are firmly committed to positioning CIWM as a champion of EDI, and to inform, encourage and collaborate with the sector so they are inspired to do so too.”


Newcastle installed rainbow from recycled cans for Earth Day

Newcastle council has installed a rainbow made of 2,500 recycled drinks cans as part of efforts to mark Earth Day, which took place on 22 April.

The rainbow, installed in collaboration with Every Can Counts, was four metres high and seven metres wide. It remained on display by Grey’s Monument until Sunday evening.

The rainbow was made out of more than 2,500 recycled cans (picture: Newcastle city council)

Christine Herriot, Newcastle city council’s director of operations and regulatory services, said: “It was fantastic to have had this eye-catching rainbow art installation in the heart of our city, which will certainly get people talking and help spread the message about the importance of recycling.”

Chris Latham-Warde, programme manager for Every Can Counts, added: “Our rainbow installation has toured all over the UK and we’re so excited that it finally made its debut in Newcastle for Earth Day”.

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