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News in Brief (31/08/2018)

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With news on: Mid UK’s apprenticeships scheme; Viridor flies flag for Manchester Pride; JCB Recycling signs deal; Mansfield promotes recycling; and, NLWA’s food-storing campaign.

Mid UK launches apprenticeships scheme

Recycling and waste management firm, Mid-UK Recycling Ltd, has launched an apprenticeship scheme as part of a long-term partnership with Lincoln College.

(l-r) Simon Breeze, tutor at Lincoln College; David Oliver, business development manager, Lincoln College; Kieran Frankland, apprentice at Lincs Commercials; Craig Campbell, apprentice at Mid UK; and Mid UK’s Sue Armstrong

The scheme will offer people the chance to receive on-the-job training while working for Mid-UK Recycling at its Grantham and Sleaford based facilities, alongside undertaking an official qualification at Lincoln College.

Opportunities will include working in accounting, engineering and the automotive sector.

Sue Armstrong, HR director at Mid-UK Recycling, said: “We are excited to be partnered with Lincoln College to offer local people a chance to follow a genuine career path in the waste and recycling sector.”

David Oliver from Lincoln College, added: “Lincoln College is pleased to be working in collaboration with a dynamic local company to offer high quality apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of areas.”

Mid UK has waste processing sites near Grantham and Sleaford as well as a composting facility, a skip hire department (Mountain Skip Hire) and a transport department (Mountain Transport).

Viridor flies flag for Manchester Pride

Viridor’s green bin trucks flew the rainbow flag with a specially designed Manchester Pride livery in support of the Big Weekend for the sixth year from 24 to 27 August.

Viridor’s green bin trucks flew the rainbow flag for Manchester Pride

In addition to the two rainbow flag bin trucks, Viridor provided five roll on roll off vehicles and 270 bins to tackle the 70 tonnes of waste generated by 35,000 festival goers celebrating the bank holiday weekend.

Viridor Key Account Manager Scott Tingey said the Manchester team was delighted to show their support for the festival with the new livery.

“Viridor has seen the Big Weekend grow and go from strength to strength over the six years we’ve been involved with the event through our customer Ideal Facilities Management. It is great to truly fly the flag on the vehicles working the festival this year.”

DJB Recycling signs deal with PrettyLittleThing

DJB Recycling Limited has signed a two-year deal with fashion company (PLT) to provide recycling services at their Shepcote Lane warehouse in Sheffield.

DJB Recycling installed two pink balers for PrettyLittleThing’s Sheffield warehouse

Sheffield-based DJB Recycling has installed two personalised, mill-sized, pink balers for the new Sheffield PLT warehouse to recycle all of the company’s cardboard.

Darren Bland, managing director for DJB Recycling, said: “We are thrilled to partner with worldwide fashion company in Sheffield.

“The mill-sized balers are designed to hold up to 500kg worth of cardboard and we have personalised them pink to go with the branding of the company.”

PLT has signed a five-year deal with Clipper Logistics to run the site and the two firms are sharing the costs of fitting it out with racking and automation.

DJB currently employs 31 people. On average, the firm reports to recycle 400 tonnes of cardboard and paper every week along with other recyclable materials such as plastic.

Mansfield council promotes recycling message

Mansfield district council has unveiled its entry into the Nottinghamshire Tour of Britain 2018 Land Art competition, and is taking the opportunity to promote its recycling service.

57 blue household recycling bins and 25 brown garden waste bins were used to create a ‘Re-Cycle for Mansfield’ emblem

The council has created a tribute to the Tour of Britain (TOB), using wheelie bins to create a giant cycle and rider, for when the race comes to Mansfield on 8 September.

The installation will sit in a rectangle of 192m and was thought up by council waste supervisor Pete Healy.

According to the council, the land art competition aims to encourage communities to recycle. It can also be seen by aerial television cameras, which will be broadcasting the race live to a global audience.

“Recycling is a big issue for us at Mansfield District Council,” said the council’s Pete Healy. “I want to raise awareness of blue and brown bin schemes along with a big TOB welcome that will be seen from the sky!”

The project will use 57 blue household recycling bins and 25 brown garden waste bins to create a ‘Re-Cycle for Mansfield’ emblem that can be seen on 8 September through live footage of the Tour of Britain. The total capacity of the bins used is 19,680 litres.

NLWA sees success with food-storing campaign 

The North London Waste Authority has hailed its latest campaign, which tests the food-storing skills of North London’s residents, a “success.”

Residents are challenged with a daily food storage conundrum via NLWA’s social media profiles (answer: carrots)

The low cost initiative, which gave residents a chance to win one of two £350 travel vouchers, was launched last month to help reduce food waste over the summer.

According to NLWA, over ten thousand people engaged with the campaign with many sharing food reduction tips.

The campaign, entitled ‘Chill out this Summer’, offers north London residents a chance to learn more about how to store their food to make it last longer in summer. Residents are also challenged with a daily food storage conundrum via NLWA’s social media profiles.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA says: “Just one small change can help reduce food waste at home but also help north Londoners save money. The fridge and freezer are fantastic at helping reduce an individual household’s food waste especially during the summer with so much fresh produce around.”

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