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    GlasPort Bio Ltd - overall Rushlight Award winners, reduce gas & add value to manure

    Animal manure has long been recognised as a valuable fertiliser and a source of renewable energy. It is also a major source of pollution, with emissions from stored manure accounting for approximately 15% of all agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and more than 70% of all ammonia emissions in Europe.

  • Ion Science - new protection against VOCs Health & safety
    Ion Science - new protection against VOCs

    Offering a new level of enhanced, reliable protection against VOCs with the first 11.7 Cub personal solution from ION Science.

    In a 2018 report from the UN, it was revealed that a worker dies every 30 seconds due to exposure to toxic gases in the workplace. That such statistics still exist today is one of the reasons ION Science is working hard to create protective technologies for workers against VOC exposure. The new 11.7 eV Cub personal solution is the first of its kind and promises to be a game-changer for protection against exposure.

    ion science VOC sensorThe Cub 11.7 eV personal device is the latest addition to ION Science's world-leadingrange of gas and leak detection products. Using their 30 years of industry experienceand their extensive knowledge of both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) andphotoionisation detection (PID), ION Science continue to deliver excellence in protection for workers.

    The 11.7 eV sensor lamp is a notoriously difficult lamp to manufacture. Due to its highly sensitive nature, 11.7 eV devices in the past have been temperamental, require frequent lamp changes and ultimately end up with increased environmental exposure, affecting performance of the device.

    ION Science has tackled this issue and developed a refined manufacturing method that eliminates some of the sensitivities and issues previously associated with 11.7 eV detection.

    As the first 11.7 personal detection solution from ION Science, the Cub 11.7 offers all the features a customer would expect from the market leader.

    This includes resistance to humidity and moisture, operational in temperatures from 0-55 degrees, and intrinsically safe even in explosive environments. Its lightweight design at only 111g makes it comfortable for wearers and the small size doesn't impede movement or work.

    Unrivalled Gas Detection.
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  • CORE (UK) Ltd - Supply chain pioneers win Queens Award Awards & Standards
    CORE (UK) Ltd - Supply chain pioneers win Queens Award

    Supply chain pioneers, CORE (UK) Ltd, win The Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade

    CORE (UK) Ltd, leaders in digital supply chain management software have been awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade for outstanding growth and commercial success in international trade.

  • Enviva - Sustainable Benefits of the Wood Pellet Industry Energy & Resource Management
    Enviva - Sustainable Benefits of the Wood Pellet Industry

    Sustainable Benefits of the Wood Pellet Industry - by Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Chief Sustainability Officer at Enviva

    Healthy, growing forests remain one of the most critical tools in the fight to mitigate climate change, and sustainable forest management is part of every plan outlined by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the "IPCC") to limit global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 12:52

Packaging firm uses infrared to tackle 'rogue' plastics in recycling

New figures from packaging company DS Smith have revealed the large amount of plastic waste that ends up in UK paper and cardboard recycling streams.

In the last year alone, DS Smith's Kemsley Paper Mill – the largest recycled paper mill in the UK – measured enough plastic contamination in paper and cardboard materials bound for recycling to fill up to 4.8 million black bin bags. The stark figure, based on tests using new near infrared technology, reveals just how widespread the issue of rogue plastic is, and further highlights the importance of quality controls across the recycling industry.

ds smith paper recycling plastic spoilage 1DS Smith introduced quality measurement tools, including Near Infrared technology to assess the quality of material arriving from household and commercial collections. The process allows DS Smith to identify the worst offenders and proactively work with them to improve segregation and collection methods.

To mitigate against the issue and ensure as much paper is recovered as possible, DS Smith's own collection infrastructure implements an eight-step process to ensure plastic riddled bales are separated and sorted for further processing before they arrive at the mill.

Jochen Behr, Head of Recycling for DS Smith commented: "Introducing state-of-the-art monitoring equipment at our Mill has allowed us to be forensic about the quality of material that we process in the UK. It is important that the right materials end up at the right recycling facility. We have argued for many years on the importance of quality material for recycling, and the importance of separate collections to ensure that paper and cardboard can be easily recycled, and therefore underpinning their qualities as important contributors to the circular economy."

ds smith paper recycling plastic spoilage 2The importance of collection streams and tackling the issues of plastic contamination at source, have been revealed by the new data provided. Paper and card are more likely to be contaminated by plastics when it comes from mixed recycling collections – where materials such as glass, cans, paper and plastics are collected together – as opposed to segregated collections. In some cases, the amount of contamination can double. As such the company is calling for more local authorities to adopt collections where these materials are separated.

Working with suppliers of paper for recycling, from retailers and supermarkets to collection agencies and councils, DS Smith engages in sharing data and working in partnerships to resolve quality issues. Feeding back to the initial source point of materials and advising on collections and better handling of materials will ultimately reduce the risk of contamination by plastics and other materials.

DS Smith's recent 'Tipping Point' report predicted that the UK would miss its 65% recycling target for 2035 by more than a decade. The report calls for policy makers to introduce separate collections of card and paper as mandatory to improve the quality of material collected for recycling. This new data serves to highlight the scale of the problem of plastics contaminating paper recycling streams.