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News in Brief (21/12/2017)

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With news on: Recycle Now adds battery points; Forge introduces pay-by-weight service; two waste firms trade in Bitcoin; and, Whitham Mills secures contract.

Recycle Now adds battery collection points

Compliance specialist, Ecosurety, has added over 1,600 battery collection points to’s Recycling Locator tool.

The newly added drop-off locations have been provided by some of Ecosurety’s largest members, plus collection partners which include Currys PC World.

Ecosurety, has added over 1,600 battery collection points to the Recycle Now website

The additional locations will make it easier for consumers to know where they can recycle spent or unwanted batteries, and help the UK increase its battery recycling rate.

According to Ecosurety, last year, UK collections of batteries fell just short of the 45% collection target.  It is estimated that there are 20,000 tonnes of batteries stored in drawers that could be recycled, but which will eventually find their way into general waste and landfill.

Forge introduces pay-by-weight service

Leeds-based waste management company, Forge Recycling, reports to have doubled the size of its fleet and increased revenue by 40% since introducing a new pay-by-weight service.

Forge Recycling has installed bin-weighing systems to its collection fleet

Forge has installed bin-weighing from VWS to its vehicles and uses PurGo waste management software from VWS Software Solutions to provide an integrated pay-by-weight service to its customers. Around 85% of the bins collected and emptied and now weighed.

Harvey Mills, director of Forge Recycling said: “It means that we can now identify heavy bins and charge for any excess weight collected, which is additional revenue that was previously being missed.”

The company said, as well as providing a more accurate and efficient service, the new software has enabled it to identify new revenue streams and manage costly customers more effectively.

Two waste firms trade in Bitcoin

Prismm Environmental and Parry & Evans have become two of the first companies to trade recyclable paper using Bitcoin in the UK.

The Kent-based firm, which specialises in waste management and consultancy, last week bought several loads of paper from paper recycling company Parry & Evans in North Wales using Bitcoins to pay for the material.

Prismm Environmental managing director Mike Jackson said: “Using Bitcoin worked for both us and Parry & Evans as there was no transaction fee to pay, and they received instant and secure payment. It also shows the intention of both companies to collaborate on technology in future.”

Project development manager of Parry & Evans, Lee Evans, said: “The advantage to us of knowing the payment was secure, and receiving it instantly meant that it made a lot of sense to us.”

Whitham Mills secures service contract

Manchester-based engineering company Whitham Mills has announced a new national service contract with one of the biggest multi retailers in the UK.

The company previously installed two 50H semi-automatic balers and four GB1108’s from its fully automatic channel baler range for the retailer.

Ben Smart, managing director of Whitham Mills, outside the company’s head office in Manchester

Signed in November 2017, the new contract consists of quarterly service, parts and maintenance over three years as well as 24/7 breakdown assistance 364 days of the year.

Whitham Mills has been designing, manufacturing and supplying equipment to the retailer to meet its waste management needs for over a decade.

Ben Smart, managing director of Witham Mills, Ben Smart, said: “This contract is the latest in a succession of service and maintenance packages we have won proving our reputation for providing a reliable, cost effective and specialist service.”

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