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How bans and laws are safeguarding the planet

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With news stories filled with evermore frequent freak weather events, the damage of climate change is difficult to ignore. Plus, there’s the matter of the natural world in general suffering due to plastic pollution and more. The simple fact is that the effects of human life are slowly breaking the planet we live on, and the governments of the world have begun to unite in earnest to try and reverse the effects.

In this piece, Flogas, a gas bottle supplier, takes a look at some of the laws and bans that are helping to safeguard the planet: 

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Jacqueline O'Donovan announced as Vice-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce

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The Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) and the Department for Transport (DfT) have chosen Jacqueline O’Donovan as the Vice-Chair of its new Diversity and Inclusion group. On behalf of DfT and STAT, the launch of a Year of Diversity in Transport and Logistics will be headed up by Tracey Worth, CEO Institute of Couriers andChair of the STAT group. As Vice-Chair, Jacqueline will provide vision and leadership in promoting a culture in the sector that values and supports diversity, equality and inclusion.

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UNTHA appoints industry stalwart as Director of Global Business Development

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Industrial shredding specialist UNTHA has appointed Briton Gary Moore as Director of Global Business Development.

The Austrian-headquartered firm has made the strategic decision ahead of 25% projected worldwide growth, over the next 12 months.

Currently Sales Director of UNTHA UK – a position he will maintain – Gary has played an instrumental role in developing the UK business by 50% during 2018. But 2019 looks set to be even bigger with 12 Waste to Energy shredding solution sales already secured in the first four months of the year. An exclusive distributor agreement for the XR mobil-e shredder range is soon to be announced, sales of parts and other UNTHA service products are up by 40%, and two further sales appointments are also imminent as the team looks to expand.

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Putting the health back into health and safety

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In what is a ground-breaking move for an SME in the waste sector, O’Donovan Waste Disposal have introduced and completed the implementation of an internal wellbeing strategy called the ‘Dynamo Welfare Project’ (Dynamo), continuing their commitment to prioritising the workplace wellness of their 165 employees alongside their physical safety. This huge investment in terms of time and money strengthens the companies unique pledge to staff development and the delivery of the highest standard to clients. The multi award-winning family-run waste management business is widely regarded as an innovator and a champion for health and safety, training and environmental excellence.

Research by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – Waste Statistics in the UK 2018, found that workers in the waste sector statistically suffered more from work-related ill-health than other workers across all industries. Dynamo assists staff in maintaining positive health and wellbeing by teaching self-awareness techniques and the tools to manage a range of negative emotions including anxiety. The programme includes interactive ongoing training modules for all staff which is delivered in-house. The training increases the ability of participants to maintain their composure and stabilise emotions as they face day-to-day challenges in their work and private lives.

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Hat-trick of appointments for shredder specialist

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Industrial shredder specialist UNTHA UK has announced a hat-trick of appointments as the growing business gears up for even further expansion.

Marie Dransfield joins the North Yorkshire headquartered company as Quality and Environmental Manager. With a career spanning all things process-related, she has worked in various roles ranging from sales and customer service, to contracts and IT. As UNTHA UK’s standards champion, she will ensure the team upholds its approach to everything under the internal auditing, ISO certification, risk management, and compliance umbrellas.

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Aegean Cargo Sailing: reviving a sustainable blue economy in the Aegean sea

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The Aegean Cargo Sailing celebrates its third year in Summer 2019 with several sailboats manned by participating members crews and many friends of the environment carrying cargoes of local ecological produce between the islands.

We will expand from the previous two summer tours of 2017, when we covered six islands, and 2018 when we made 18 island trips in a single sailboat. In 2019 we will have a number of sailboats carrying healthy, unique, local eco products from Aegean island producers to selected eco minded stores on different islands. In the two previous summers we have found, dozens of producers and products that clearly belong to the sustainable economy: honey, wine, olive oil, soap, dry fruit, aromatic plants, cheese, mastiha, fish in various long shelf life forms, dried fruit, fruit jams and others. We have now received requests for the transport of these products to other islands so that tourists can enjoy a wider variety of ecological island products than is available on their vacation island.

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Project Lodestar models a pathway to recycle ‘all plastic’ waste in an advanced plastics reprocessing facility

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Recycling Technologies, on behalf of the project’s partners, today announces the publication of the results of Project Lodestar. This case study shows the potential for waste site operators to recycle ‘all plastics’ by combining state-of-the-art mechanical and feedstock recycling in an advanced Plastics Reprocessing Facility.

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Riverside marks ‘coming of age’ with biggest year for technology to date

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Waste baler specialist Riverside Waste Machinery has marked its ‘coming of age’ with the launch of more technology in 2018, than any other year. And the growth doesn’t look set to end there.

Established in 1997, Riverside thought its 20th birthday celebrations would mark the biggest milestone for the company, this decade. But 2018 – the company’s 21st year in business – has proven to be even more successful.

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£11.6bn landscape services industry must be taken seriously says BALI

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A new industry report, commissioned by the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group (OHRG), to establish the total size, breadth and contribution of the UK’s ornamental horticulture and landscaping sector, has revealed that landscape services generated a total of £11.6bn GDP contributions in 2017, 47.9% of the total GDP footprint of the sector (55% of which were direct contributions worth £6.8bn). The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI), a member of the commissioning group, is now calling on government officials to give meaningful support to landscaping in the UK.

BALI, the leading trade association for the UK’s landscape professionals, says landscape services, which includes domestic and commercial construction, design and private and public grounds maintenance, also provides £880m in direct annual tax revenue to the Exchequer; this figure increases to £2.2bn when wider landscaping activities are included. Landscape services is one of seven industries covered by the report.

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