News in brief (31/08/2022)

With news on: Bradford council crushes vehicle involved in fly-tipping; Enva signs contracts with Andusia and Frank Key; Esken issues trading update; and, Isle of Wight launches textiles recycling campaign.

Bradford council crushes vehicle involved in fly-tipping

Bradford council announced that it seized and crushed another vehicle involved in “prolific” fly-tipping.

The local authority said that the blue Ford Transit, which it seized in March this year, has been crushed “as it was unroadworthy and had no resale value”.

The council explained that the van was seized by the council’s Environmental Enforcement Team in a joint operation with West Yorkshire Police in relation to multiple fly-tipping offences carried out across West Yorkshire.

Individuals using the vehicle were found to be advertising removal and waste collection services on social media and then fly-tipping the waste they had collected.

CCTV footage showed the occupants dumping waste at the door to a business and on streets in the Bradford district, the council continued.

An investigation is ongoing, and Bradford Council is working closely with Enforcement Officers from neighbouring councils to gather further evidence to enable prosecuting of those involved.

Enva signs contracts with Frank Key and Andusia

Enva has formed a three-year strategic partnership with builders’ merchant Frank Key, as well as securing an RDF export contract with Andusia.

Enva will provide waste management services to a string of Frank Key sites

Starting from 1 September, Enva is to provide skip hire and waste management services to Frank Key customers across its branches in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire.

According to Enva, Frank Key’s customers “will also benefit from access to the latest recycling technology”. The company added that on average, it will recycle 98% of the construction waste processed through its own facilities.


The contract with the refuse derived fuel (RDF) exporter Andusia will see 40,000 tonnes per annum of household waste turned into RDF and exported via bulk vessel from Glasgow port to Sweden and Denmark over the next two years..

Household waste collected by the East and South Ayrshire Council kerbside vehicles will be processed into RDF at Enva’s Linwood depot in Glasgow.

Andusia director, Mark Terrell, commented: “While there are plans for several new energy from waste facilities in Scotland to divert waste from landfill, these won’t come to fruition for a number of years, and RDF export is both the best economic and climate friendly option for Enva and just makes sense.”

Esken issues trading update

Esken Renewables, formerly Stobart Energy, has issued an update on trading ahead of half year results for the first six months to 31 August, which will be announced in November.

The company said it continues to perform well despite the widely reported slowdown in the construction sector over the summer as a result of rising input costs and ongoing supply chain issues.

The long-term supply contracts to energy generators which all have elements of automatic RPI related annual cost increase continue to be implemented in line with their annual review dates, helping to mitigate input cost pressures in the business.

As a result, the division remains on track to achieve EBITDA in FY23 in excess of £22m..

Isle of Wight launches textiles recycling campaign

The Isle of Wight council announced yesterday (30 August) that it launched a textiles recycling campaign with its waste contractor Amey.

According to the council, the campaign aims to encourage residents to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ when it comes to their unwanted textiles.

It is set to provide tips and advice on what to do with textile waste, exploring one of the three Rs each week “to educate, signpost and raise awareness”.

The campaign will provide advice on what to do with textiles waste

The local authority pointed out that Amey already collects textiles for recycling from the kerbside. They need to be placed to the side of the recycling bin, in a plastic shopping bag or a clear or white sack so the collection crew can see there is only textiles in the bag.

The council explained that the textiles are sent away to be reused or recycled into new products such as mattress fillings.

Householders can also put out cushion covers, duvet covers, pillowcases and curtains out for recycling, but the crew won’t collect bulky items such as duvets, rugs, pillows and cushions.

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