News in brief (30/11/23)

With news on: Lambeth approves plans for fortnightly residual waste collections; Powerday donates £667,000 to boxing community in 2023; Geminor opens 150,000 tonne RDF import hub in Finland; and, new logo, ‘brand identity’ and slogan for the Recycling Association.

Lambeth approves plans for fortnightly residual waste collections

Lambeth council has approved plans to introduce fortnightly black bin rubbish collections to help boost the borough’s recycling rate.

The plans apply only to households that have black wheelie bins for their rubbish

The plans apply only to households that have black wheelie bins for their rubbish, while all recycling collections, including food and garden waste, will remain weekly.

The decision was made in September following a consultation in which over 7,000 residents expressed their views. One of the key messages was the need to provide extra support for households that may need more space for their rubbish.

The council has agreed that households with five or more people, or which use disposable nappies or incontinence nappies, will be able to apply for a larger black rubbish bin.

Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, cabinet member for sustainable Lambeth and clean air, said: “We want to support our residents to make changes that will improve their local environment and cut waste, which are important steps to take as we tackle the climate crisis.

“We’re aiming for Lambeth to be a zero-waste borough by 2030 where reducing, reusing, and recycling waste are prioritised. Currently we only recycle 32 per cent of our household waste, and we could be doing much better.

“I’m confident that together we can boost our recycling rate to reclaim our position as the best recyclers in inner London.”

Powerday donates £667,000 to boxing community in 2023

Powerday has said it has donated £667,000 in investment and voluntary support to the London boxing community in 2023 in a bid to help improve “both the physical and mental wellbeing of marginalised people living in the capital”.

Since the partnership began in 2011, over £13m in funding has been raised by Powerday for London Boxing, Powerday added.

Powerday has raised £13m for London Boxing since 2013, the company says

Tara Crossan, head of marketing & communications at Powerday, said: “We are dedicated to making a lasting impact in the communities we serve. Through our collaborative efforts and strategic funding, we aim to create a positive and transformative change, especially in areas that often face significant challenges. We believe in the power of sport to improve health and wellbeing and have been working in partnership with London Boxing since 2011 to improve sports facilities and equipment particularly in disadvantaged communities.”

Geminor opens 150,000 tonne RDF import hub in Finland

Geminor has opened an import facility for waste-derived fuels in southern Finland. The HUB can handle up to 150,000 tonnes of secondary fuels annually, making it the biggest portal for the import of Waste-derived Fuels to Finland.

The hub can handle up to 150,000 tons of secondary fuels annually

Located close to Helsinki at the Kilke Material Recycling Center, the facility is the biggest of Geminor’s three RDF and SRF import- and storage HUBs in Finland.

The facility will have a total capacity to handle up to 150,000 tonnes per year and will thus become Finland’s largest HUB dedicated solely to the imports of sustainable fuels. In high season, the facility can deliver up to 1100 tonnes daily to different off-takers in the region.

Country manager for Geminor in Finland, Ismo Hiltunen, said:”Our facility is strongly needed for the supply of WDF to local off-takers in the region. After Finland became an import market for secondary fuels, the market has struggled to find processing sites for imported waste in Finland, a challenge this facility will now help to solve. The capacity of 150,000 tonnes a year means that we could import up to 80 percent of Finland’s current total RDF imports via this HUB alone.”

New logo, ‘brand identity’ and slogan for the Recycling Association

The Recycling Association has launched a new logo, brand identity and slogan.

Using an orange and black colour scheme, it is an evolution from the previous brand colours of yellow and black.

A new slogan, The Voice of the UK Recycling Industry, has also been revealed.

The Recycling Association chief executive Paul Sanderson said: “The Recycling Association is starting a new era with a new look and a slogan that is representative of our membership.

“We are a modern association that represents a wide range of companies and organisations within the recycling sector. While our history is in paper and cardboard, our membership also includes companies that collect and recycle plastics, metals, glass and other materials. We also have companies that provide services and equipment to our members.”

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