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TOMRA secures contract with major grocery retailer in Scotland

Reverse vending company TOMRA Collection UK and Ireland has signed an agreement with a major grocery retailer to supply reverse vending solutions across its Scottish stores.

The news comes as retailers across Scotland get ready for the country’s deposit return scheme to go live on 1 July 2022.

The scheme, designed to increase high quality recycling and reduce litter, will see a deposit added to eligible drinks containers.

While contractual restrictions mean TOMRA cannot disclose the name of the retailer at this point, the company said the deal marks a major milestone as Scotland’s retailers prepare for the legislation to come into effect.

Since the legislation was announced, we have been preparing to supply the Scottish market with reverse vending technology and are at the ready to deliver the systems needed for all sizes of retailer prior to the commencement date.

Truls Haug, Managing Director of TOMRA UK & Ireland says of the news: “Since the legislation was announced, we have been preparing to supply the Scottish market with reverse vending technology and are at the ready to deliver the systems needed for all sizes of retailer prior to the commencement date.

“Retailers across the country are making preparations and the signing of this agreement with a major retailer, across its Scottish portfolio, is testament to that. TOMRA is delighted to be selected for this work and looks forward to creating a great recycling experience for shoppers.

“We also look forward to our continued work with retailers and stakeholders to execute a successful scheme, which will see huge benefits to Scotland’s environment in the years to come.”

TOMRA has a number of live trials underway across the country in outlets ranging from independent convenience stores to large grocery chains.

The company is the world leader in reverse vending, operating in some 60 markets with approximately 80,000 installations across the globe.


Connected Containers… The UKCM Solution Powered by Tracker

Container repair and refurbishment specialist UK Container Maintenance (UKCM), has launched an innovative solution to container asset management and protection, powered by stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) and technology expert, Tracker.

First to market this pioneering solution with Tracker, UKCM is addressing the increasing need to manage and protect containers and company assets from a security, compliance, health and safety, and financial perspective. The covert, battery powered tracking device, configured for an impressive two-year life span, is suitable for installation on any metal container, with UKCM providing both mobile and factory-based fitting.

The monitoring system can be set up depending on the value or use of the container, ensuring that the device and system is utilised effectively. The state-of-the-art solution boasts an adaptable reporting schedule. Location updates can be set to once daily, at specific times or each hour, dependent on the requirements of the company. Containers of a higher value and therefore at an increased risk of theft, for example, can benefit from a heightened frequency of location tracking.

The solution ensures that local authorities and waste management companies have a thorough understanding of the day-to-day operations of their assets, enabling container performance, routines and utilisation to be identified. In addition, safety alerts can be set up to monitor if an unsafe or defected container is moved without prior authorisation.

Emma Elston MBE, CEO of UKCM commented: “This highly innovative UKCM solution powered by Tracker enables us to move container management to the next level, providing waste management companies and local authorities with a fully comprehensive and cost-effective way to protect and manage their containers. At UKCM we are passionate about helping our customers to retain these valuable assets, reducing the need to invest in new and allowing for their use to be maximised.”

Mark Rose, Managing Director for Tracker added: “This is an exciting partnership for Tracker, and an initiative which supports our ambition to broaden the application of our connected solutions. Our fleet and insurance telematics propositions, combined with our market leading SVR capabilities, deliver powerful operational efficiencies to support day-to-day asset management whilst providing a superior level of protection in the event of theft. We are delighted to be working with UKCM as it reacts to its industry’s needs by bringing these benefits to its customers.”


Ceredigion County Council contract with Re-Gen Waste

Re-Gen Waste in Newry, Northern Ireland, has won a six year contract with Ceredigion County Council for the recycling of 36,000 tonnes of waste materials.

The contract runs from 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2026 with up to two extensions of one year each, to a maximum of 84 months.

Joseph Doherty, Managing Director of Re-Gen Waste, said: “This is our first Welsh Contract win and we are absolutely delighted to be able to help Ceredigion County Council meet their recycling targets.

“Our recent multi-million pound investment in ten of the latest generation TOMRA AUTOSORT units, will boost sorting performance and optimise output.”

“Councils are zoning in on the cost of their waste and recycling service and choose to work with comingled in order to achieve best value.

“They are finding that residents prefer household friendly co-mingling schemes as opposed to pre-sort schemes and that working with advanced MRF’s like Re-Gen, can significantly improve their recycling performance.”


Bucher Municipal adapts their all-electric CityCat V20e for winter maintenance

Bucher Municipal have adapted their all-electric CityCat V20e to thrive in the winter maintenance market.

Now the compact road sweeper can change with the seasons, providing a carbon neutral all-electric option for street cleaning or winter maintenance.

“The V20e is the swiss army knife of winter maintenance,” Bucher Municipal says, “with options for salt spreading, brine spraying, snow brushing and snow ploughing.

“The V20e’s unique advantage is its compact size and manoeuvrability, making it perfect for the growing and complex network of cycle lanes.

“The CityCat V20e adapts to the winter market perfectly. It can be equipped with an electric brine sprayer with a newly developed disc that can distribute brine from one to six metres.

“Although prewetted salt or full brine spreading is not that popular on UK roads, it is perfect for cycle paths. Liquid de-icing treatments can be purchased in bulk tanks reducing the need for brine plants in the council yards.”


WRA relaunching ‘face-to-face’ members’ meeting

The Wood Recyclers’ Association is gearing up to hold its first face-to-face members’ meeting since March 2020.

It will be hosting its autumn meeting on the opening morning of Letsrecycle Live on Wednesday 15th September at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire.

The agenda includes a full update on the Waste Wood Classification work and forthcoming training that will be taking place over the autumn to help operators fully comply with the new Regulatory Position Statements from the Environment Agency for the waste wood and construction & demolition sectors.

It also hopes to have an update from the other three nations, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on how operators in those devolved regions will be affected.

Members of the WRA are welcome to attend the meeting free of charge. Anyone who is not a member but is interested in membership should contact Julia Turner at

WRA will also have a stand at Letsrecycle Live and later in September it will also be exhibiting at RWM at the NEC (September 22nd and 23rd).


ROMAQUIP Electric Kerb-Sort arriving soon

ROMAQUIP has announced the upcoming launch of the latest range of Kerb-Sort vehicles.

ROMAQUIP said: “Perfectly suited to the Kerb-Sort collection method, we are proud to be announcing that we are now offering a full and complete range of electric vehicles and will be showcasing the first fully electric Kerb-Sort at the RWM Show at Birmingham’s NEC on the 22nd & 23rd September.

“There will be some new offerings across our product range, but all come with the same guaranteed design and build quality that has made Romaquip market leaders over the last 12 years.”


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