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News in brief (24/06/20)

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With news on: Buckinghamshire re-opens reuse shop; Carlisle city waste crews pleased with new technology; Veolia to contribute to living wall; Reef secures NHS waste contract.

Buckinghamshire re-opens reuse shop

Buckinghamshire council, FCC Environment and South Bucks Hospice have announced that the re-use shop at the Aston Clinton Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) is now reopen.

Payment by card will be encouraged at the re-use shop

The shop opened on Monday, June 22, and its opening hours are from 9 to 5 on weekdays only, and will have social distancing measures in place.

Buckinghamshire’s HWRCs will have a container where you can place re-usable items for the shops to sell.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire council cabinet member for environment & climate change, said: “Buckinghamshire council is firmly committed to making the county’s waste and recycling services as environmentally friendly as possible, and our re-use shops are an example of that. I’m really pleased that their phased reopening begins this Monday 22 June with the shop at Aston Clinton, with that at High Wycombe to follow as soon as suitable arrangements have been made to ensure staff and visitor safety.”

Carlisle city waste crews pleased with new technology

The technology was designed to prevent accidents during reverse manoeuvres

Carlisle city council has said that waste crews are pleased with the results of new refuse and recycling vehicle technology.

The equipment, which includes camera recording technology, was installed primarily to address the rise in potential insurance claims and monitor best practise amongst drivers and crews.

Laura Monkhouse, fleet and depot manager at Carlisle city council said: “There were a number of incidents where we had been accused of causing damage to cars or property, and there was no way of knowing if these claims were true or not. It was a very time-consuming process.

“With the new camera systems, it’s easy to check what actually happened and if any of our vehicles were involved. Often, we find the damage has happened before our vehicles were on the scene. The footage is very clear and you can see from every angle of the vehicle, so there are no hidden areas. We can also use the footage for crew training and to check that everyone is following the correct procedures. The cameras are invaluable and very time-saving.”

Veolia to contribute to living wall

Proposed plans for the living wall

Cans recovered from Veolia’s UK materials recovery facility in Southwark will be used for a five-story living wall made of two metric tonnes of recycled aluminium and 1.5 tonnes of compost.

Planning permission for the project, which will be built at 20 Cousin Lane next to the Thames, has recently been approved by the City of London Corporation.

Cans recovered from Veolia’s facility will be shredded and re-cast by a specialist metal fabricator near London into latticed modular honeycomb panels.

Richard Kirkman, chief technology and innovation officer at Veolia said: “This bold project will remind people of the need to practice sustainable waste behaviours, as well as showcase the unique beauty that can be achieved by turning used items into something new. We are proud to collaborate with the City of London Corporation and Red Squirrel Architects, and we hope that the environmental message behind this forward-thinking project is taken away from all who see it.”

The project will be completed in 2021.

Reef secures NHS waste contract

Reef will provide confidential waste services across the county

Reef Environmental Solutions Ltd has recently secured a 5 year confidential waste service contract with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Reef successfully won a tender for this work after previously qualifying as an approved NHS contractor under a competitive framework process.

Reef will be providing various containers at a number of NHS sites throughout East Sussex, and undertaking regular collections, both scheduled and on demand. The Reef team are all fully trained in working on NHS sites and undergo full security screening on a regular basis.

The 5-year deal was agreed when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its height and now comes into full operation.

Hazel Culling, administration director at Reef, said: “It is a privilege for us as a small, local business to have the opportunity to work with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. We have already identified areas where we can save money and improve the service, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership


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