Resource & 'Waste'
A Yorkshire chemical manufacturer has gone a shade greener after its freshly appointed Health and Safety Manager, Karen Waddington, is steering it on course to achieve zero landfill status.
At this freezing time of year, the Highways Agency again focuses its attention on keeping roads clear and ensuring sufficient supplies of road grit are available for spreading on the UK's carriageways. With over two million tonnes of rock salt and grit spread onto the road networks at a cost of over £150 million each year, it is with regret that in the last 12 months over one million tonnes of road sweepings and gully waste will have gone to landfill at a cost of £80 per tonne in landfill tax alone.
Aqua Enviro has won a prestigious WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland contract to identify ways to increase the value of digestate.
Aqua Enviro, a specialist environmental consultancy based in Wakefield in northern England, is undertaking research, supported by Eunomia, to discover new technologies which add value to bio-waste and digestate, ultimately helping to reduce the worldwide reliance on fossil fuels.
The British Retail Consortium is pointing out that contrary to popular belief, recent figures show that very little food waste comes from supermarkets and their depots, but over half comes from households.
A partnership in Kent between a young male offenders prison, a waste management company, and a social enterprise shop is celebrating the success of its "Re-love a bike" scheme which has seen more than 500 old bikes salvaged since June of last year and restored by prisoners for resale. The partners involved are FCC Environment, HMP Rochester (formerly known as Borstal Prison) and the Abacus Furniture Project.
Children are trying to find solutions to reduce marine litter, particularly plastics, and are educating their 'throwaway generation' parents abouth the issue following an event at the Plymouth waterfront, researchers from the city's university have found.
Three million tonnes of Christmas related rubbish in Britain is likely to be produced this year – enough to cover an area twice the size of London, including 4,500 tonnes of tin foil, 12,000 tonnes of dead Christmas trees and 9,300 tonnes of sprouts.
A £12.5 million Plastics Recycling Facility has opened in Rochester, Kent. It will enable local councils and businesses to recycle more of their plastic 'waste' into quality raw materials for industry.
The first year of an extensively-revised recycling and refuse collection service saw Ashford Borough Council quadruple its recycling performance and shed the title of England's worst recycling local authority.
Vauxhall's Luton parts warehouse has joined a growing list of General Motor's facilities that have achieved landfill-free status. The running total is 122 manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations spanning Asia, Europe, and South and North America that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations.