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Screening Success for Jacopa
Jacopa has been awarded a major new contract by Thames Water. The project will involve the wastewater treatment systems and solutions experts providing two Brackett Green CF100 band screens https://jacopa.com/band-screen/ to replace existing step-type inlet works screens, and installing a Washpactor Jet screenings system https://jacopa.com/jones-attwood-washpactor-jet-system/ for its Iver North wastewater treatment works.
Millions of Dolav plastic pallet boxes assist recycling
Widely used in recycling and waste management, the Dolav Ace withstands harsh use including lead-acid battery recycling. Dolav customers, including recyclers, have bought more than a million Dolav Ace plastic pallet boxes in just ten years. In addition, in the last 42 years, Dolav made and supplied millions of other Dolav pallet boxes globally.
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UK soil is being destroyed at 10 times the rate it is being created, costing £1.2 billion annually in England and Wales - but only a fraction of the cost, £10 million pounds a year in England, is needed to ensure the agricultural sector is still productive at the end of the century, and this would reverse the declining health of our rivers, claim a coalition of interest groups.
Stora Enso, a Finnish headquarted company who aim to replace fossil-based materials by developing products based mostly on wood, has launched 'Lineo' a bio-based lignin as a renewable replacement for oil-based glue. Lignin is one of the main building blocks of a tree.
Bottles made of plastic that persist in the environment for hundreds of years could become a pollution of the past thanks to the discovery of an enzyme that eats the substance, and work by scientists to further improve it by engineering.
Retailer Iceland's decision to remove palm oil from its own branded food has been criticised by both The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, who share Iceland's concerns about the environmental impact of palm oil, but do not agree with the solutions Iceland are adopting, and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Biology who say Iceland’s move to ban palm oil products is understandable but could backfire.
As an intial bid to phase out single use plastic packaging, the British Museum are introducing impulse bags of sweets which are wrapped in compostable, transparent packaging which breaks down and disappears in soil in six to 12 weeks. Regular biodegradable bags can take decades to degrade and can leave a residue in the soil.
Arup is calling on arid cities to move on from a 1950s model of city planning and design, or face becoming increasingly less habitable as they become drier. The report urges cities to learn from innovative developments around the world, such as industrial-scale fog and dew harvesting and cooling pavements that can reduce ambient temperatures by up to 7 degrees.
Media giant Sky has placed £25 million into Sky Ocean Ventures, an investment vehicle that will fund new ideas and businesses who can help solve the oceans plastic crisis with solutions to everyday plastic problems, and it has also simultaneously launched an incubator project for businesses to test their ideas at Sky's west London campus.
Online retailer Ocado have published a total food waste figure of 0.02% – just 1 in 6,000 items, a near zero waste figure. Ocado's automated business model is built on efficiency and low waste, and tackling the food redistribution strategy has become key, with 2,200 tonnes of food donated in 2017 alone.
Britain's largest modern forest, situated in the Ochil Hills of central Scotland, has been praised as the way forward by the UK's Environment Secretary for mixing successful commercial timber production with habitats for endangered wildlife and recreational amenties.
Pioneering pollution-busting "moss trees" have been installed in Newcastle and London where they will purify the city centre air and create opportunities for research into the benefits of the plants' natural filtering abilities.