Quorn Foods; Carbon Neutral Waste Sacks; Litter Group Funding

Wastecycle Awarded Quorn Foods Waste Management Contract

Quorn_logoThe East Midlands’ resource management and recycling company has been awarded a 24-month contract with Quorn Foods, aiming to help make the company’s waste and recycling processes more efficient and cost effective.

Wastecycle will provide its services across Quorn’s Norfolk, North Yorkshire and County Durham sites.

The contract, which started at the beginning of November 2015, sees Wastecycle handle Quorn’s food, cardboard, plastic, wooden packaging and general waste, along with using 30,000 litre tankers for the collection and treatment of effluent waste and used cooking oil.

In addition to the tankers, Wastecycle will also provide two portable, 32-yard compactors, three large balers and an artic trailer for easy disposal and transport of cardboard and plastic waste.

Paul Clements, commercial director at Wastecycle, said: “Our plan for working with Quorn includes implementing the waste hierarchy to minimise the amount of waste generated, in addition to increasing the segregation of its dry mixed recycling (DMR) and finding new, more competitive outlets for commodities.”

Grundon Switches To Carbon Neutral Waste Sacks

Home1Grundon Waste Management has opted for a carbon neutral bio-based polythene solution for its refuse and recycling sacks as the company continues to enhance its green credentials.

The move to the Polyair™ sacks, supplied by Polythene UK, the UK’s leading independent supplier of polythene products, is the latest move by Grundon to add value to its waste management services by using initiatives with enhanced environmental credentials.

Grundon has been operating a certified CarbonNeutral® vehicle fleet, an industry-first, since January 2014. This commitment means that every time Grundon collect waste from a customer site or a member of the Grundon team visits a customer in a company car, not only is the journey CarbonNeutral®, but it also avoids adding to the customers’ own carbon footprint.

Polyair™ is a bio-based polythene developed using sugarcane polymers that are created from the waste product of sugarcane extraction. The carbon neutral aspect of Polyair™ comes from the natural process of photosynthesis during the growth of the sugarcane. At this stage carbon is actively captured, which means the polymer is initially carbon positive. The amount of captured carbon is almost equivalent to the amount of carbon expended when using oil-based polymers.

The fact that sugarcane is a renewable resource also means it doesn’t deplete valuable fossil fuels, unlike its oil-based counterparts. The production process inevitably generates carbon through factors such as transport and electricity use, which means that by the time the bio-based polythene is produced it is actually carbon neutral as opposed to carbon negative. Polyair™ is also 100% recyclable.

£110,000 Funding For Merseyside And Halton Litter Groups

UnknownA share of £110,000 is up for grabs to help make the region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2016/17, which has been running annually since 2006.

The impact of the 2014/15 Fund saw 160 full time equivalent jobs created or safeguarded, participation by 322 volunteers, 743 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £74,300 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

  • Providing 481 free packs of re-used furniture to vulnerable individuals or families in critical need
  • Holding workshops across the region to help improve peoples’ skills to repair and re-use/upcycle and sell unwanted furniture and textiles
  • Using second-hand materials to help transform a disused school hall in Birkenhead into a new community venue for vulnerable women;
  • Converting three vacant Housing Association units into community shops to sell items for re-use
  • Development of a Recycling Superstore in Seaforth which has provided local homeless people with housing, employment and training opportunities;
  • Setting up 20 ‘Mersey Waste Munchers’ cookery clubs with schools for children and their families to help improve health, reduce food waste and save money.
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