News In Brief: DS Smith Acquires Middleton Recycling

DS Smith Acquires Middleton Recycling

DS Smith has confirmed its acquisition of the Recycling Division of Middleton Paper for an undisclosed sum.

The Recycling Division (of Middleton Paper) currently generates circa 9,000 tonnes a year of fibre, and deals with a wide range of paper and cardboard grades.

The Division was part of Middleton Paper, which remains an independent merchant and converter based in Walsall, West Midlands. It has been established for 38 years and is part of the Middleton Group.

Peter McGuinness, chief Executive of DS Smith, Recycling Division said: “The Birmingham region is a key industrial and commercial area and the purchase of Middleton Recycling will allow us to target material and grow our presence here. It is a strategic fit for growing our business and extends our coverage in the area.”

As the largest fibre recycler in Europe, DS Smith recovers circa 5.4m tonnes of paper and packaging annually for recycling. Recovered packaging (and other fibre grades provide the Raw Materials Used In Production By The Group’s Paper Making Operations.


Mitie Awarded Facilities Management Contract By BBC Worldwide

Mitie, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, has been awarded a facilities management (FM) contract with BBC Worldwide.

The three year contract, with a provision for extension, will see Mitie deliver the full range of FM services including maintenance and repairs, cleaning, catering, security and front of house services at BBC Worldwide’s new offices in Television Centre, White City, London, when the offices open in 2015.

Andreas Arnold, director of strategic projects for BBC Worldwide, said: “Mitie was chosen as the Facilities Management partner for its creative approach, the cultural fit, and its use of technology to improve service delivery.”

The company has extensive experience in the media sector, with clients including Channel 4, Universal Music and Sky.

Peter Mosley, managing director of Mitie’s Technical Facilities Management business, said: “This is a prestigious contract to win, and we are proud to be partnering with an organisation which has such an exceptional reputation around the world. This really underlines our expertise in the media sector, and is a fantastic example of a contractor and client working closely together to provide the best solution possible.”

The iconic Television Centre is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment, with the site being redeveloped into a mix of commercial spaces, including a new 100,000 sq ft headquarters for BBC Worldwide and private accommodation.


Countrystyle Wins Kent Schools Contract

Kent-based resource management and recycling specialist Countrystyle Recycling has been appointed as the waste collection, treatment and disposal service provider for schools across Ashford and Shepway districts in Kent.

The two year contract commenced last month and is part of a framework agreement with Kent County Council. The current indicated take up of schools for Countrystyle’s collection, treatment and disposal services is 76 establishments.

Under this contract, Countrystyle is providing collection and disposal services for general waste and mixed recyclables. The materials will be collected by Countrystyle’s own fleet and taken to their state-of-the-art recycling facility in Ridham where they will be sorted, baled and transported for onwards reprocessing.

Janet Stein, Client Services Manager at Kent County Council, said, “We encourage our schools to eliminate waste to landfill and increase recycling, so are looking forward to developing this partnership with Countrystyle Recycling to encourage greater recycling through education and positive marketing.”


24 Hour Carbon Reporting In “Industry First”

In what it is claiming is a “first for the industry”, recycling company Network Waste is offering its customers 24-hour CO2 reporting, which is not only helping them reduce CO2 emissions, it’s also saving them money.

The company’s managing director Chris Dear, explained: “Our Compliance Control CO2 reporting module allows customers to view emissions produced by vehicles on their waste contract. These are based on the journeys from the waste collection point to the disposal location.

Customers can then access reports on individual jobs, individual sites or an entire business. The reporting demonstrates which journeys are producing excessive amounts of CO2.

This allows us to then work with our customers and supply chain partners to reduce the number of vehicle movements or the distances travelled – or both – and reduce environmental impact. This in turn cuts haulage costs and saves our customers money.”

The company’s customer include the likes of Liberty Living, Facilities Management Company Europa, and tool and plant hire company Brandon Hire.

Mr Dear added: “Customers can go online and access a wealth of information about their waste. This includes disposal tickets, supplier audit documents, data about weights and diversion from landfill figures, as well as financial information such as invoices and spend charts. Through a commitment to waste segregation and recycling, Network Waste’s target is to divert 100 percent of a customer’s waste from landfill and figures of 90 percent can be typical.”

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