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News in Brief (26/04/2017)

By 26/04/2017News

With news on: WRAP’s AD liner guidance; Bexley’s garden waste scheme; Powerday’s employment scheme delegate; Waltham Forest’s Repair Cafe; and, E H Hassell provides material handler to Top Gear.

WRAP publishes liners guidance for AD operators

WRAP has published a guide to assist AD operators that accept food waste in liners, to limit the amount of plastic that ends up in digestate.


Many councils provide food waste caddy liners to residents as it is thought that it boosts participation in the service

According to WRAP, liners increase public participation in food waste recycling, and local authorities are increasingly allowing householders to use plastic (PE) liners as opposed to costly composting liners.

However, WRAP said they pose a challenge to AD operators who process food waste as liners in AD systems can cause operational and quality issues. If a digestate product contains significant amounts of plastic or compostable liners it will fail to comply with PAS 110.

WRAP has consulted with relevant stakeholders to produce guidance that will ensure food waste collection and treatment systems are more closely aligned. Standard Operating Procedures also been developed to assist AD operators in limiting the amount of plastic and compostable liners that end up in digestate. There are also recommendations for increasing collaboration and for staff training.

The guide has been produced as part of the industry-led Food Waste Recycling Action Plan, to improve the capture, supply and quality of household and commercial food waste.


Over 40,000 Bexley residents sign up to paid garden waste scheme

More than 40,000 Bexley residents have signed up to the borough’s garden waste scheme following a change to the collection service.

The 40,000th person who signed up to the service as a new member has won free garden collection for a year as part of a competition that ran throughout National Gardening Week (April 10-16).

Councillor Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure said:
“I am pleased that the service has been so popular and that so many residents have signed up. We made sure that the cost of the new service is the lowest in London at just £1.32 per collection and our residents recognise that it’s good value for money. Thank you to all of our residents for continuing to reduce, re-use and recycle in Bexley.”

According to the London borough of Bexley council, there are now 40,050 using the Garden Waste Service. It offers Bexley residents a 240-litre garden recycling bin and 25 fortnightly collections for an annual cost of £33.

The council has also teamed up with to offer Bexley residents discounts on buying compost bins, wormeries and water butts.


Employment scheme delegate starts at Powerday

The first delegate from Powerday’s employment scheme for ex-offenders has started work for the company at the St George’s One Blackfriars development in Southwark.

Tony Hogg (left) on his first day of training at One Blackfriars with Powerday’s Contract Manager, Jack Mcveigh

Launched in November 2016, the scheme, run in partnership with social enterprise Blue Sky and HMP Onley, gives inmates from the Category C Prison in Northamptonshire the opportunity to receive training and subsequent employment with Blue Sky and Powerday at sites across London.

Mr Hogg undertook his City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment and obtained a CSCS Labourer Green Card late last year while finishing his sentence. He completed his onsite training and joined the recycler’s logistics team as a laborer at client, St George.

Mr Hogg is one of four initial delegates to undertake the scheme. Each successful delegate to leave HMP Onley will be offered a six month contact of employment with Blue Sky within Powerday’s team on site.

Simon Little, sales and marketing director for Powerday said: “Powerday is committed to helping our local community and Londoners who may not have had the best start in life. We are delighted the Tony has started with us and made a great impression on site.”


Waltham Forest council opens Repair Cafe

A Repair Café has opened in Leytonstone this month, giving residents the opportunity to get items such as electricals, clothing and bikes fixed by trained professionals for free.

Waltham Forest council is organising the Repair Café in partnership with The Restart Project, Traid, Shed Homewares and Dr Bike. As well as offering repairs, the experts will provide free demonstrations and advice on upcycling.

The council said that repairing and reusing is better for the environment as it helps to reduce the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “The new Repair Café will be a great way to give your broken items a new lease of life, and learn some valuable new skills such as how to upcycle furniture. Being able to fix or repair something rather than throwing it straight in the bin can be incredibly rewarding, and will also save you money.

“The Repair Café will be a pilot scheme initially, so I encourage residents to come down and get involved. If it proves successful we will look to roll these out across the borough.”

The Repair Café will be located at St John the Baptist Church, Leytonstone, and will take place of the third Saturday of each month from 11am to 2pm. The first session took place on Saturday 22 April.


E H Hassell provides material handler for Top Gear episode

E H Hassell & Sons provided a Sennebogen material handler for a recently televised episode of Top Gear where a game of material handler skittles took place.

The Sennebogen material handler on the Top Gear set

The company said it was contacted by Top Gear and asked whether it could help by providing the Sennebogen 830 m material handler for the show, to take part in the scene on the following Wednesday (April 5).

The company said it was keen to help and managed to make arrangements at short notice.

The handler was delivered to the Top Gear track at Dunsfold Areodrome in Surrey, and was set up alongside another machine.

According to E H Hassell & Sons, comedian Ross Noble was in operation of the Sennebogen following 45 minutes of product familiaisation. Presenter Matt LeBlanc was in the other machine.

E H Hassell & Sons said: “The game was a much larger version of skittles, with different types of scrap being used to smash / knock down garden sheds.

“After the cameras stopped, we presented Ross Noble with his very own Sennebogen safety hard hat as a memento of the experience.”


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