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Lancashire Waste boosts SRF production capacity with new UNTHA shredders

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Alternative fuel production specialist Lancashire Waste Recycling has halved plant wear costs and further boosted manufacturing capacity with an investment in its sixth UNTHA shredder.

The firm has been making a high-specification Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) at its Fleetwood site since it was established in 2013. An UNTHA XR2000 pre-shredder fed two TR3200s secondary shredders, to produce a renewable energy source for the cement industry.

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Raymond Blanc hotel closes food waste loop with Rocket Composter

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Raymond Blanc’s Michelin-starred luxury hotel and restaurant Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons has invested in composting and food waste drying technology from Macclesfield-headquartered Tidy Planet, helping the site to compost 94% of its annual food waste.

The A1200 Rocket Composter is the waste solutions provider’s third largest machine and can handle up to 2.5 tonnes of food or organic wastes per week. It will be located next to the iconic restaurant’s gardens and process the kitchen’s food and other compostable wastes, plus the site’s horticultural wastes.

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British agricultural business gives Riverside the seal of approval

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Cranswick Gourmet Bacon – a leading and innovative British supplier of premium meat – has invested in an RWM400 galvanised baler from Riverside Waste Machinery, to deal with its cardboard and plastic waste more effectively.

Established in the 1970’s, Cranswick plc began life as a quality pig feed manufacturer, but – through shrewd investment, organic growth and continuous product development and innovation – the company has become one of the country’s largest producers of pigs.

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UNTHA shredder completes industry-first plant for AD and blood plastics

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The UK’s first category-3 licensed waste plant able to transform AD and blood plastics into a clean secondary material for remanufacturing is in its final stages of commissioning. And the pioneering facility promises to be zero waste from day one.

The 4-acre site in East Yorkshire is a joint venture between Recyk and Meplas.

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Zero Waste to Landfill business boosts RDF capabilities with UNTHA shredder

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A third-generation family-run business that achieved Zero Waste to Landfill over thirteen years ago, has further boosted its commitment to the environment with an RDF shredder from UNTHA.

Based in Staffordshire, briers has had a genuine eco-conscience since it was established exactly 80 years ago back in 1939 by William Briers. But as the forty strong team continues to handle even more commercial and industrial (C&I) waste – as well as dry mixed recycling (DMR) plus other heavy materials – an alternative fuel production system was sought to strengthen the company’s efficiency and waste handling capabilities.

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Wetherby Group invests in new baling technology

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Wetherby Group – a renowned manufacturer of performance building products – has installed a new compact waste baler at its UK site, as the organisation continues to expand.

The RWM75 machine has been supplied by North-Yorkshire headquartered Riverside Waste Machinery, following Wetherby Group’s decision to upgrade its existing equipment.

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ESA welcomes momentum for reducing waste and boosting recycling

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The UK’s waste and recycling sector has today responded to the publication of the summary of responses to the Resources and Waste Strategy consultations.

The Environmental Services Association (ESA), which represents the resources and waste industry, has welcomed the strong support for measures to reduce waste and boost recycling, and urged the incoming Prime Minister to show bold leadership in delivering change.

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SigNET turns to ATK for baling needs

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SigNET, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of audio life-safety equipment, has installed a waste baler from ATK Equipment at its facility in Tyne & Wear.

The RWM75 machine is now being used to deal with the ever-increasing amounts of waste recyclable materials held at the site – in the form of paper, plastic bags and cardboard.

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Organic waste heavyweights collaborate in sophisticated aerobic digestion projects

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An engineering company specialising in the scientific bio-degradation of waste has formed a partnership with UNTHA shredding technology, to roll out a sophisticated aerobic digestion solution for a selection of mixed waste streams.

Bath-headquartered Advetec has treated a variety of waste and effluent, since it was established in 2000. But keen to develop a more homogenous product for optimal digestion rates, the business reached out to UNTHA to explore the capabilities of its four-shaft shredding system.

Municipal waste shredding trials led Advetec to invest in two UNTHA RS30s, which were shipped to the Caribbean and USA to process materials down to a defined <50mm specification. But as dialogue unfolded, it became apparent that UNTHA could play an integral pre-treatment role in Advetec’s turnkey XO aerobic digestion solutions, moving forward.

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Mobile shredder transforms Crapper & Sons’ biomass operation

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Long-standing waste management firm Crapper & Sons has further strengthened its resource agenda, having invested in a new shredding system to transform wood waste into a biomass fuel.

Having started out as a Quarrying firm more than 60 years ago, the family-run business owns a landfill site in Wiltshire, but 30 acres is actually dedicated to salvaging as much ‘waste’ as possible.

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Human skull bones tops the list of the 10 weirdest things thrown out when moving home

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In an era where ‘being green’ matters more with every passing month, the British population is increasingly being encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle ‘waste’.

But are there some things you might be a little keener to get rid of?

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World Heritage site Fountains Abbey boosts recycling capabilities

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Renowned tourist attraction Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has boosted its recycling process with the investment in a waste baler from Riverside Waste Machinery.

The RWM75 machine is now being used to assist the team in the everyday baling of large volumes of cardboard waste, from across all areas of the 674-acre historic estate. The bales are then collected for recycling by the organisation’s waste contractor, Biffa.

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Tidy Planet ships bespoke composter to island in Paris’s River Seine

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Organic waste expert Tidy Planet has expanded its globally-acclaimed range of Rocket Composters, with the creation of the B1400 – a machine specially-commissioned for its French distributor, Les Alchimistes’ large-scale composting project in the middle of the River Seine.

The French social enterprise is dedicated to increasing the value of food wastes on a localised and social scale – with community reintegration at the heart of its projects – collecting this waste stream, by bicycle, from supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels from across the French capital.

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Scottish college rockets food waste recycling rates with second on-site composter

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Dundee and Angus College has invested in a second of Tidy Planet’s Rocket Composters for its Arbroath Campus, after successfully composting over 70 tonnes of food waste in the last three years at its Kingsway site.

The College itself spans three campuses – Kingsway, Gardyne and Arbroath – and began its sustainability journey in 2015 when it switched to Vegware compostable catering consumables, in an effort to reduce single-use plastics. This packaging shift drove the College to seek technology that would allow it to introduce a self-directed and closed-loop food waste management solution.

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Furniture manufacturer invests in Riverside baler

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Eximious Furniture Limited has invested in a new RWM75 waste baler to tackle the amount of waste it produces daily.

Handling three different material streams – cardboard, plastic and metal paint tins – this vertical compact baling press from Riverside Waste Machinery is significantly reducing the volume of unwanted packaging held in the company’s 1700 sq.m factory.

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UNTHA’s latest engineering feat creates waves in Europe

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The newest engineering development released by UNTHA Shredding Technology has started to take Europe by storm, with 10 units of sales recorded in less than six months.

The X-Cutter (XC) system for the XR waste shredder was first revealed at the IFAT event in Munich, this May. Designed to achieve the next generation of performance for single-step SRF shredding – or provide a direct replacement for existing high-speed shredders – it can transform varied input wastes ranging from waste wood through to pulper ropes.

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M&M Waste Solutions has sights on recycling boost with UNTHA shredder

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Oxfordshire-based M&M Waste Solutions looks set to boost its recycling recovery rates in 2019, thanks to the installation of a new UNTHA shredder.

The 46-year-old business is a well-known name in the resource sector, with a history spanning coal distribution, skip hire and – most recently – end-to-end waste collection, management and treatment, at the firm’s MRF in Cassington.

Now handling 150,000 tonnes of materials each year M&M sought to further boost its approach to recycling as it looks to the future.

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UK Waste-to-Energy specialist opens door to cutting-edge energy-optimisation tech

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Macclesfield-based Tidy Planet is bringing the latest Waste-to-Energy boiler technology – the Artificial Vision System (AVS) – to the UK business landscape.

The news of food waste expert Tidy Planet’s partnership with Valencian-headquartered Sugimat – being the sole distributor of their industry-leading boilers – was announced earlier in the year. And the next chapter of this relationship is now seeing the firm unveil the new intelligent boiler monitoring and control system in Britain.

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UNTHA XR shredders aid closed loop recycled paper production

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Two UNTHA XR waste shredders are now in operation for VPK Packaging Group in continental Europe, shredding pulped ropes as part of a closed loop paper production process.

Renowned for manufacturing 900,000 tonnes of paper per year from 100% recycled materials, VPK’s mill in Dendermonde, Belgium and Blue Paper Mill, co-owned with Klingele Papierwerke, in Strasbourg, France, naturally generate a waste by-product including complex pulper ropes.

This multifaceted 1:3 metal and plastic material was previously treated off site by a third party. However, the new shredding investment means that both sites can now process the waste themselves to manufacture an alternative fuel for their own energy generation.

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Inspired waste solutions

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We're already struggling to deal with an annual generation of 2.12 billion tonnes of waste around the world. How do we expect to cope with the estimated 4 billion created in 2100? Despite more and more legislation and processes provided by the world's authorities, there's a limit to their control over the situation. The main deciding factor over environmental damage comes from humanity as a whole.

We are already seeing new and innovative ways to embrace waste as having more potential than just a life at the landfill. Skip hire provider, Reconomy, has the perfect background in responsibly dealing with waste and is here to investigate the ways in which waste can be reused.

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Shredder investment reduces fuel consumption by 60% at Waste to Energy plant

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Construction and commercial waste management specialist Rabbit Waste Management Ltd has more than halved the energy required to power its shredding line, resulting in cost savings of approximately £60,000 per year.

Rabbit commissioned the UNTHA XR3000C mobil-e shredder in November 2017, in a bid to lower the level of dust, fines, fire risk and noise of its waste processing operation. But the 60% reduced energy consumption has also resulted in significant financial benefits for the Sussex-based business, not to mention a much smaller net environmental impact.

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UNTHA UK welcomes new project manager

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Multi-disciplined engineer Henry Norris has joined UNTHA UK as project manager.

Responsible for coordinating client installations from the point of shredder sale to commissioning and handover, he will be a crucial interface between all of UNTHA UK’s departments as the company continues to grow.

With more than 18 years’ customer-facing experience, his key responsibility is to oversee the successful completion of every project on time, to budget, and in line with client expectations.

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Organisation ‘supporting Britain’s bravest’ turns to UNTHA

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Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company has invested in a new pallet shredder from UNTHA UK, to enhance the team’s production of materials for the biomass industry.

Established in 1919, BBMC – the social enterprise of charity Royal British Legion Industries - has long strived to support the lives of ex-service personnel, but as the years have passed the Aylesford-based company has gone on to also provide employment opportunities to non-veterans including people with disabilities and those out of work. More than 100 such individuals staff the £5m turnover factory* in which a new UNTHA LR1400 has just been commissioned.

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O'Donovan Waste are first in sector to achieve ISO 39001 certification, leading the way in road traffic safety

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O'Donovan Waste Disposal have achieved another momentous milestone by becoming the first dedicated waste company to receive the ISO 39001 certification from BSI, which evaluates the management system of road safety and that seeks to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries from traffic accidents.

Already an exemplar haulier through achieving ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and BH OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety), O'Donovan were extremely keen to achieve the certification that sits well alongside its huge focus on road safety that includes the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) gold status which they have achieved for the seventh consecutive year and its status as a Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) Champion.

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UNTHA invests in new-look shredder test centre

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UNTHA UK has revealed its new-look shredder test centre, following a 3-month refurbishment and considerable investment in the facility.

The trial department has long been a popular feature at the shredding specialist’s North Yorkshire headquarters – prospective clients from throughout the country regularly visit the site to put UNTHA’s machines through their paces with their own materials.

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Agricultural firm opts to remain baling with Riverside

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Agrimin Ltd – world leader in animal health and nutrition – has invested in further baling technology from Riverside Waste Machinery.

Based in North Lincolnshire, the business has always been passionate about its duties to recycle, and the recent purchase of a second baler – an RWM 75 – has helped them manage this more efficiently.

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UNTHA launches new finance packages to unlock industry growth

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Industrial shredding specialist UNTHA UK has launched a range of new finance packages to help unlock the growth potential of the country’s waste and recycling operators.

The flexible finance routes – offered by UNTHA Finance and underwritten by Close Brothers Asset Finance – have been devised to reflect the ever-changing make-up of organisations within the industry.

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Hazardous waste specialist prepares for £1m revenue boost with new shredder

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Hazardous waste specialist Wastege has invested in an UNTHA S25 shredder as the team gears up to take on an additional £1m of business.

The Hull headquartered firm has more than 30 years’ waste management and recycling experience, supporting clients throughout the UK. But with an ever-growing reputation for tackling particularly complex materials, Wastege is increasingly being tasked to handle more unwanted wastes.

The organisation has therefore purchased an UNTHA S25 twin-shaft shredder to process hazardous packaging waste and guarantee the secure destruction of other sensitive products.

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Academy gets an education in the benefits of baling

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Appleton Academy – an education provider based in Wyke – has recently invested in new waste baling equipment from Riverside Waste Machinery.

As Bradford’s first ‘all-through’ school, the establishment offers learning and development for children and young people from the age of 3 to 19 – and beyond.

The academy receives a wide range of deliveries – most of which are packaged in cardboard boxes – each week. It therefore seemed like the logical conclusion to begin handling the ‘waste’ in a ‘greener’ manner, believed John Wavell, estate manager at the school. And so the search for the right machine began.

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Printing company returns to Riverside for baling needs

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Flexographic printing company RR Flexo has enhanced its recycling capabilities by further investing in new equipment from Riverside Waste Machinery.

No stranger to baling, the company has recently obtained a brand new RWM 450 HD machine, to deal with the large volumes of polythene waste produced by the firm on a daily basis.

Founded in 1982 by the two main shareholders Ron Dodd and Richard Green – hence the ‘RR’ in their name – the business has gone from strength to strength.

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UNTHA XR shredder gears Fortress up for 2018 growth

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It’s only three months since the official opening of Fortress Recycling and Resource Management’s new £5m facility in Warwick. But already the team has successfully processed 6250 tonnes of ‘waste’, thanks to an UNTHA XR3000C shredder at the front-end of a sophisticated processing line.

And now, all eyes are on ‘what’s next’ for the system, as the ambitious organisation prepares for 2018 and beyond.

The Dry Mixed Recyclables plant – designed and supplied by Blue Southern – hit the headlines in October, when it was revealed that significant investment and some clever thinking had brought this site to life.

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Mobile shredder supports Austrian firm’s passion for carbon neutral waste management

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An UNTHA XR mobil-e shredder is now operational at Struber Entsortgung in Kuchl, Austria, as the company prepares to expand its waste management capabilities.

Passionate about environmentally friendly waste treatment methods, Struber is no stranger to the resource industry. With a heritage spanning more than 50 years, the medium-sized family business specialises in waste management and disposal, recycling, street cleaning, demolition and earthworks.

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Data centre equipment specialist opts to bale with Riverside

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Techbuyer – a global leader in the purchase, refurbishment and sale of IT equipment – has recently invested in a waste baler from Riverside Waste Machinery, in an effort to continually reduce the amount of waste material it sends to landfill.

The RWM500 mill size machine supplied by the Boroughbridge-based provider is now being used to bale cardboard, which is then recycled.

Tom Reid, operations manager at Techbuyer, said: “Although this concept wasn’t completely new to us, our previous baler was second-hand, and not very reliable. When it came to choosing a new machine, we met with a number of manufacturers, and Riverside was the best by far.

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Specialist recycler aims to ‘plug’ market gap

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UK Plug Recycling – a young venture which aims to further prevent the amount of electrical waste being landfilled – is one step closer to achieving its vision.

The Hampshire headquartered organisation has installed an UNTHA RS40 hard drive shredder to tackle plugs, sockets, small pieces of WEEE and other secure product destruction.

Capable of processing these ‘wastes’ down to a homogenous 15mm particle size, the technology can handle 1 tonne of material per hour.

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Riverside launches new baler for space-restricted sites

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Riverside Waste Machinery has introduced a new machine into its range, designed specifically for size-constrained client sites.

The RWM 300LH is so-called because the robust machine is ideal for ‘low height’ spaces. At less than 2m tall it is much shorter than the majority of its medium-sized counterparts, but this does not impact on the equipment’s technical specification.

Capable of handling cardboard, plastic film and paper – to name just a few recycling applications – the RWM 300LH has a 20 tonne press force and can produce bales of up to 300kg in weight. A loading aperture of 600 x 1200 x 800mm still allows for the easy in-feed of materials, and automatic compaction cycles then ensure operational simplicity and auto-bale ejection.

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Tidy Planet plant generating 22,500kW of daily energy at London airports

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The sophisticated energy recovery plants that food waste experts Tidy Planet devised for DHL, are now producing 25,500kW of heat per day from the food waste at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The technology hit the headlines back in November 2016 when Gatwick became the world’s first airport to begin disposing of food and catering waste on-site and this year they will start to process Category 1 International Catering Waste. Previously, 2,200 tonnes of the ‘high risk’ food and packaging materials from non-EU flights had to be sent to licensed hazardous waste incinerators for specialist handling.

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Shredder specialist secures top safety accreditation

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Industrial shredder manufacturer UNTHA UK has been awarded a prestigious accreditation from SafeContractor, for its commitment to health and safety.

The North Yorkshire team achieved the recognition following a rigorous audit of the company’s safety protocol.

Supplying shredding technology that weighs up to 24 tonnes – and can process materials ranging from everyday household and commercial waste, through to automotive scrap, refrigerators and mattresses – UNTHA UK operates in what has the potential to be a high hazard environment. But with well-established health and safety policies, risk management procedures and robust training, the organisation upholds an exemplary incident-free record.

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New hard drive shredder ensures recycling process is safe and secure

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Safe & Secure Logistics has boosted the capacity of its WEEE recycling service to pave the way for further growth.

The Slough-headquartered firm has invested in a new hard drive shredder which will enable the confidential destruction team to comfortably – and compliantly – process over 3,000 hard drives per week.

The UNTHA RS40 shredder has just been delivered to SAS Logistics’ Northampton site and thanks to its ‘plug and play’ technology, it was operational within the hour. But that same technology – plus the machine’s compact footprint – will mean the RS40 can easily be loaded onto a vehicle for additional use as a mobile shredder.

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Riverside celebrates 20-year milestone

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The past twenty years have been quite a whirlwind for the waste and recycling industry, with recessions, regulations, landfill tax hikes and technological innovations just some of the notable talking points.

But the last two decades have also seen the growth of baler specialist Riverside Waste Machinery.

The company – originally founded by Chris Oldfield in 1997 – is now run by his son Jonathan Oldfield. And the managing director has some upcoming plans equally as exciting as the team’s previous achievements.

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UNTHA reveals third generation waste shredder

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Global shredding giant UNTHA has launched its 3rd series XR waste shredder, following more than 10 years at the forefront of this progressive industry.

The UNTHA XR was first brought to market as a robust pre-shredder that could effectively process a myriad of municipal, commercial and industrial wastes in readiness for the alternative fuel production market.

But committed to strengthening the profitability of clients’ operations – not just their functional capabilities – the Austrian-headquartered team continued to innovate. In 2014, a ground-breaking shredder was released that could manufacture SRF in a single pass. This feat of engineering halved operators’ capital outlay and reduced energy consumption by up to 50%, without any detrimental on throughputs, uptime or product quality and saving. Typical savings of hundreds of thousands of pounds also began to be recouped. A ‘moveable’ version of the technology was brought to market in late 2015, when the XR became the world’s first electrically-driven mobile shredder with the same bottom-line benefits.

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UNTHA’s largest four shaft shredder heads to LKM Recycling

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UNTHA’s largest four shaft shredder has been installed at renowned waste management firm LKM Recycling.

The RS150 has been procured to maximise materials recovery and revenue generation at this increasingly diverse recycling specialist. Over 40 years ago, LKM started out as a scrap metal business but fast forward to 2017 and the 55-strong company is now handling everything from metals and glass, to wood, plastic and general waste.

This robust 22 tonne machine will therefore enable LKM to process an array of complex and often heavy duty applications including aluminium, tyres and uPVC windows. Set to achieve throughputs of up to 12 tonnes per hour, the RS150 and its quick-change screens will achieve flexible homogenous particle sizing as small as 30mm, depending on customer requirements.

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Yorkshire-based catering butcher invests in baler to help environment and boost business

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Family-run catering butcher Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has strengthened its recycling strategy by investing in a compact waste baler from Riverside Waste Machinery.

The vertical RWM75 machine is being used to bale mostly cardboard waste which is generated from boxed meat delivered to the Bedale factory from other local farms. However, the baler also handles plastic farm waste, allowing both material streams to be taken away for recycling.

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Footwear manufacturer boosts environmental agenda with baling of leather

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Footwear component manufacturer E A Tailby Ltd has strengthened its recycling agenda with the investment in a heavy duty waste baler from Riverside Waste Machinery.

The RWM450HD is being used to bale leather offcuts from the production of soles and heels. The bales are then shipped to Germany for recycling into regenerated leather products such as diary covers.

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Eight years of baling and counting for Momentive

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Specialist rubber compound manufacturer Momentive Performance Materials has proven that waste baling can protect the environment, improve on-site cleanliness and boost a business’s bottom line.

Eight years ago, Momentive invested in three balers from Riverside Waste Machinery, in a bid to improve the safety of work areas within its busy Bolton premises. At the time the organisation was handling 60 tonnes of material each week, which naturally created a high volume of packaging ‘waste’.

But a consultation from Riverside revealed that baling technology wouldn’t just increase Momentive’s ‘green’ credentials, if cardboard and plastic waste could be better segregated and processed for recycling. It would also keep the site tidier and save significant amounts of money too.

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GPT Waste help Carillion meet landfill targets with proactive waste management services

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GPT Waste Management, the largest UK independent provider of waste management solutions, are pleased to announce that they havehelped Carillion meet their landfill targets, with proactive waste management services.

The project, which was based at Doncaster train station, involved building a new platform andfootbridge for the city centre station, this meant that there was a lot of excavating and signalling work to be carried out.

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Baling technology strengthens National Nuclear Laboratory’s waste reduction programme

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The world’s leading nuclear research organisation National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has strengthened its waste reduction programme with investment in a heavy duty waste baler.

NNL is globally renowned for its nuclear research, technical development, reactor operations support, and the provision of decommissioning expertise for facilities throughout the UK.

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SugaRich invests in new shredding technology for specialist food recycling plant

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Food recycling specialist, SugaRich is overhauling the shredding technology it uses at its sophisticated Brackley plant to transform high calorific surplus food into energy-rich animal feed.

SugaRich will now feed pallet loads of starch-rich biscuits, bread, crisps and more, straight from their haulage vehicles into a new organic waste shredder from UNTHA. The single shaft technology will then remove the packaging and process the material down to a pre-specified maximum 100mm particle size, before it is fed into a trommel for further separation.

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Edmundson Electrical invests in waste baler in quest to ‘go green’

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Electrical distributor Edmundson Electrical has installed a new waste baler within its Doncaster branch, as the company furthers its quest to ‘go green’.

As the largest electrical distributor in the UK – with over 280 branches nationwide – it is no surprise that Edmundson Electrical produces a large amount of packaging ‘waste’. But as an environmentally friendly business, with a number of resource-efficient initiatives already in place, branch manager Nick Hope knew that a smarter recycling strategy could be adopted.

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Secured Mail introduces new recycling station

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Downstream mail provider Secured Mail has introduced a new recycling station within its Luton facility, as the company works towards ISO14001 accreditation.

Delivering more than 500 million items for retailers and other businesses, every year, it’s no surprise Secured Mail has a variety of packaging ‘waste’ arisings to handle. Plastic film and cardboard package are used in the transit of freight mail, for example, and hessian sacks help transport client mail internally too.

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Motor manufacturer boosts recycling agenda with Riverside waste baler

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Specialist motor and gearbox manufacturer Mellor Electrics has overhauled its approach to recycling with the help of a mill size baler from Riverside Waste Machinery.

And thanks to the quality and volume of bales it can produce, this world-leading engineering firm looks set to achieve a return on investment in as little as 15 months.

With a global and varied client-base, Mellor Electrics buys in a wide range of component parts to fuel its diverse production. Each delivery presents multiple packaging ‘wastes’ which are difficult to store and expensive to dispose of.

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Tackling waste management in construction

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It’s no secret that construction is one of the most significant producers of waste of any industry. According to Wrap, the construction industry accounts for 60% of all materials used, creates 33% of waste and generates 45% of all CO2 emissions in the UK.

With such a huge capacity to produce waste, which could be damaging or harmful to the environment, there should be strict regulations set in place to ensure the correct protocol is followed and the risks are reduced. In 2008, legislation was passed to enforce the proper management of waste was followed on English construction sites. Site Waste Management Plans (SWMP) were compulsory to all construction projects costing over £30,000. The SWMP records the volume of waste created on a construction site and documents how it will be disposed of, recycled or reused.

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UK businesses throw away billions of reusable plastic cups each year

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Billions are thrown away each year in scandalous and preventable waste, which also destroys companies' green credentials.

The average British worker uses – and throws away – around 400 disposable plastic cups every year in what's been dubbed one of the great-unreported waste scandals.

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Alternative fuel production technology procured for Merseyside plant expansion

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Leading waste management specialist Avanti Environmental Group has invested in new technology for the expansion of its plant in Knowsley, Merseyside.

The extended facility is due for commissioning in 2016 and will create additional jobs.

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Energy efficient waste machinery only of interest if no financial penalty

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A survey carried out by UNTHA UK has revealed that the majority of people will only invest in energy efficient waste machinery, if they can be sure they won’t suffer financially.

UNTHA’s latest online poll (August) asked participants to pick the statement that most applies to them, when it comes to so-called ‘green’ technologies. Keen to discover whether such equipment is considered a priority or a profit penalty, UNTHA posed three options for industry professionals to choose from.

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Proof of the mixing is in the maximised gas production

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Mixing specialist SYSTEM MIX LTD has made an important contribution to the operational success and environmental sustainability of Northumbrian Water’s advanced anaerobic digestion operations at their Bran Sands, Middlesbrough and Howdon, Newcastle sites in the North East. Following the implementation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and the subsequent ban on the disposal of sludge to the North Sea, Northumbrian Water (NW) embarked on the construction of what was at the time, the UK’s largest thermal sludge drying facility. The project was part of NW TEES strategy to provide centralised treatment for municipal sewage and industrial effluents for the Middlesbrough and Teeside area on a single site at Bran Sands, along with dewatering with lime stabilisation at the Howdon site.

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Viridor Runcorn energy recovery facility contract win with MRWA

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Merseyside’s local economy received a boost last month as operations started on a new residual waste contract between leading UK waste management company Viridor and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

The new contract ensures that 20,000 tonnes of waste will be diverted away from landfill in a short-term partnership that brings immediate environmental and economic benefits for Merseyside. After pre-treatment into a fuel, the waste will be transformed into renewable energy at Viridor’s Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility (ERF).

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Yorkshire recycling specialist secures top safety accreditation

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Recycling specialist Riverside Waste machinery has been awarded a prestigious accreditation from SafeContractor, for its commitment to health and safety excellence.

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Time for Government to step up on waste crime

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Viridor has published its response to a joint consultation on waste crime from Defra and the Welsh Government, to call for Government action to address the problem.

The response sends a clear message that it’s time for the Government to step-up in supporting the sector, amid fears that resources and waste policy has been left in a state of flux.

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National Recycling Awards success for UNTHA

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It has been strictly under wraps for the last two weeks but UNTHA UK can now announce that the company has been shortlisted in the National Recycling Awards 2015.

Months of behind-the-scenes effort went in to preparing the team’s entry for the Innovation of the Year – Equipment category. Graphs, statistics, trial findings, testimonials, particle sizes and efficiency readings were among the figured collated for the submission on the ground-breaking XR waste shredder. And there have been weeks of baited breath before UNTHA UK learned its fate.

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New UNTHA waste shredder revolutionising SRF production worldwide

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altInterest in UNTHA’s revolutionary XR-C waste shredder is gathering pace, as enquiries flood in from alternative fuel producers worldwide.

UNTHA shredding technology is currently working on proposals for more than 250 global prospects, eager to reap the benefits of this innovative new technology. And European orders for the high value capital equipment stand at 5.000.000 EUR for the last six months, with Swiss-based Holcim and SITA the most recent clients to invest in the machine.

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ISD supports UBB with firewall solution for Essex waste treatment facility

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Composite panel specialists ISD Solutions has been contracted by Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) to provide state of the art fire walls and compartmentation for the new massive Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) facility, currently under construction for Essex Waste Partnership in Basildon.

Due to commence operations in 2015, the new facility, one of the biggest waste treatment plants in Europe, will process up to 417,000 tonnes of municipal waste from across Essex each year and will play a key role in meeting county’s targets for sustainable waste management and recycling.

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UNTHA UK passes ISO inspection with flying colours

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Waste shredding specialist UNTHA UK has once again demonstrated its unswerving commitment to quality, environmental and health and safety management, by passing its ISO recertification audit with flying colours.

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Viridor backs Commons committee calls for DEFRA action

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Viridor, one of the UK’s largest recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies has backed a House of Commons select committee calls to transform waste policy if the UK is to avoid missed recycling targets and the loss of vital UK energy resources.

The firm is currently investing over £1bn in ‘next generation’ recycling and energy recovery infrastructure to help its local authority and business customers translate zero waste policy into practice.

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UNTHA UK launches series of “How to shred…” videos

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altUNTHA UK is one of the country’s leading providers of industrial shredding technology and associated waste management expertise. The company’s consultants and engineers are regularly called upon, not just for their shredding knowledge, but for their wider recycling, product destruction and Energy from Waste (EfW) advice too.

The team has happily passed on as much insight and information as possible over the years, with the website a particularly popular hub of activity. And analysis of online visitor habits shows UNTHA UK’s videos attract some of the greatest traffic levels of all.

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Italian environmental service provider joins waste disposal programme

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Avery Dennison has expanded its European waste disposal programme by appointing Tramonto Antonio srl, an environmental service provider, as its partner in Northern Italy.

The Vergiate, Lombardy-based company has joined a group of designated partners that collect and process waste from label products, enabling converters and brand owners to avoid disposal at landfill sites or incineration plants, and thus improve their sustainability performance.

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L & S Waste Management build a concrete relationship with local MP

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Member of Parliament for Meon Valley, George Hollingbery, has praised L&S Waste Management for its innovative volumetric concrete operation, following a visit to its Fareham based head office.

Mr Hollingbery was invited to meet with L&S Waste Management managing director, Mick Balch, to discuss proposed new policies put forward by the Department for Transport (DfT), which would see changes to volumetric plant industry regulations.

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Merseyside partners come together to make ‘recycling their business’

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With more than 200 tonnes of litter bin waste produced by residents and visitors to the city in the average month, Merseyside waste and recycling partners have come together to recycle street litter bin waste.

Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and their contractors Amey and Veolia will be introducing extra hi-visibility bins at high traffic areas throughout Liverpool during a busy season of events.

The litter bin waste collected currently collected across the City in the most part is recyclable. Previously destined for landfill - recyclable items such as cans, paper, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles - are now sorted and extracted out, so that the valuable recyclable materials can be reprocessed.

It’s estimated that more than 50% of the litter and street waste collected in Liverpool is now recycled.

Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins, Chair of Liverpool City Council’s Neighbourhoods Select Committee said: “We need to increase our recycling rate using all means possible whether it is through waste produced in households or litter deposited in bins in the streets. These new bins are a way we will collect more recyclables and reduce the amount of rubbish which ends up buried in landfill.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “This is a really important time for the city, and the region as a whole, with the eyes of the world looking at how we do business. By something as simple as increasing the amount of litter bins and recycling, we can ensure that our region impresses at every level.”

South Wales firm ‘skips’ to success

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Pontypool-based national skip hire firm, The Skip Company, is celebrating its first year in business with ambitious expansion plans, including launching a new waste management service and creating new recycling revenue opportunities for businesses across the UK.

At a time when any business largely dependent on the fortunes of the construction industry might struggle, The Skip Company has experienced significant growth during the past 12 months, with turnover increasing steadily and expected to approach £1.55 million since trading began, by the end of May.

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Minister launches consultation on recycling guidance

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altGuidance on recycling will help Welsh councils and businesses continue to lead the way, according to Minister for Natural Resources and Food Alun Davies. The Minister has launched a consultation on guidance to support organisations and businesses affected by new EU legal requirements for the separate collection of four waste materials – paper, metal, plastic and glass.

From January 1, 2015 all organisations involved in waste collection are required to set up separate collection for paper, metal, plastic and glass, as long as this is what is necessary, in effect, to achieve high quality recycling and it is technically, environmentally and economically practicable to collect the four materials separately.

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End of the road for landfill and incinerated plastics?

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imgThe large-scale incineration or dumping of plastic films in landfills could soon be a thing of the past as new technologies seek to convert plastics into fuels and other useful products.

Economic factors and fundamental difficulties with handling and sorting at recycling facilities has resulted in plastic film recycling still being in the early stages of development, especially in comparison to recycling processes for dense rigid plastics such as Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) used widely in the drinks industry.

As a result, policy around the world has looked at alternative solutions to reduce the impact of plastic films, especially plastic bags, on the environment. Controversial policies have included the banning of single-use plastic bags and imposing charges on consumers.

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Guidance on sentencing for waste criminals welcomed by ESA

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altThe Environmental Services Association (ESA), the voice of the UK’s waste and resource management industry, today welcomed the release of the Sentencing Councils guidance for judges sentencing those involved in waste crime. ESA’s Director General, Barry Dennis said:

ESA welcomes this guidance and hopes that it will help to deter environmental criminals who pose the greatest environmental risk, whose transgressions are most difficult to detect and whose adverse environmental impact is greatest.

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Travis Perkins hire gets serious about waste management solutions

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altThe hire service of leading merchant Travis Perkins has launched a range of waste management solutions. With its service promise of “any waste, any time, any where”, customers now have access to an extensive choice of refuse and recycling solutions from wheelie bins and skips, to road sweepers and the removal of hazardous material.

In addition to skips and bins, the service extends to an exclusive partnership with HIPPOBAG, the removal of hazardous and specialist waste, and the hire of recycling equipment such as balers.

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Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority seeking waste boost

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Merseyside’s residents can get their hands on free recycling bags this January in exchange for unwanted or broken electrical items.

The giveaway involves all 13 Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) and aims to stop precious metals used in electronics and electrical equipment ending up as landfill.

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Preventing waste will benefit Welsh households and businesses.

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Alun Davies, Natural Resources and Food Minister today launched ambitious plans to prevent waste in Wales.

The Waste Prevention Programme sets out how businesses and households in Wales can reuse or extend the life of products, and reduce the environmental impact of waste, whilst saving money.

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Recycling delight as Huyton hits new heights

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A new Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in Knowsley is hitting the heights as the best performing Centre in Merseyside.

Since it was opened in July 2012 the Huyton HWRC on Wilson Road, Huyton Business Park, has continued to improve recycling levels and divert more waste away from landfill. During the summer it managed to recycle and divert a record 85% of the waste accepted at the site.

This level of recycling performance has never been seen before on Merseyside* and Huyton HWRC’s performance can now be compared to the best Centres in the UK.

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Efficient Recycling: It’s the homeowner’s responsibility

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altLord de Mauley, a minister in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), has just announced to local authorities that new EU rules will see Britons everywhere forced to separate their recycling into at least 4 boxes. The rules that will come into force in 2015 will see everyone have separate boxes for their unwanted paper, metal, glass and plastic.

This drive for efficiency is being made in the hope of increasing the quality of the products integral to the recycling sector. Specifically, it is expected that this will improve the quality of recyclates – the raw materials that are processed at a recycling plant – as they will not be mixed in with other types of waste.

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WEEE Recycling: It’s booming and here’s why

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altWEEE recycling is booming. Frost & Sulliven have recently reported that earned revenues in Europe from the industry were roughly $1.3 billion last year and that they predict that by 2020 this could have reached nearly $2 billion.

They cite EU laws, environmental awareness and increasing landfill prices as being the main reasons why the demand for WEEE recycling has shot up in recent years.

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Online traffic rockets as UNTHA UK celebrates website anniversary

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Leading waste shredder provider UNTHA UK is dispelling any concerns that demand for recycling and waste management technologies is stagnant in the UK. Statistics from the first 12 months of the company’s online activity have been analysed, and the level of traffic is not only strong, it is continuing to grow.

The UNTHA UK website was launched on 31 August 2012, in anticipation for last year’s RWM event. In less than a week, the team dominated Google’s natural listings for key search terms, and that search engine governance has increased as the year has unfolded. Active in the world of social media, UNTHA UK’s Twitter and Linked In accounts have also delivered an increasing amount of referral traffic to the website.

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New website promotes greener recycling for construction industry

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altA new website is set to help the UK’s construction industry dispose of its polythene waste in a greener, more sustainable way. www.bpirecycling.co.uk  has been launched by Europe’s largest polythene waste recycler, bpi.recycled products, to outline the impressive breadth of material it can recycle and to highlight the lower carbon footprint nature of its operations and its second life products.

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The year of breaking boundaries for UNTHA UK

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altWith a brand name that is synonymous with innovation, it is perhaps no surprise that waste shredding experts UNTHA UK have some exciting things planned for RWM 2013.

Visitors to stand H39-G38 will get an exclusive look at the new UNTHA S25 compact shredder, when it is revealed in the UK for the first time. Operating as a complete CE-certified system, this two-shaft machine has an incredibly small footprint, making it perfect for businesses with restricted site space. It is cost-effective too, dispelling the myth that industrial waste shredders represent significant capital outlay.

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Don’t throw your old toothbrush away

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altSchoolchildren brought along their old toothbrushes to help build Britain’s first house made almost entirely from thrown-away waste.

Pupils from St Andrew’s CE Primary School in Hove (17 July) were joined by Brighton MP Caroline Lucas as they slotted brushes into wall cavities to help with insulation in the house which is under construction at the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts campus in Grand Parade, Brighton.

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Extreme Slopes Present No Problem for Walo at Landfill site

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altA 10,000m2 cell at a landfill site with extremely steep sides in Switzerland is currently being lined by hydraulic asphalt engineering experts WALO. The company is using its own specialist machinery and highly skilled operating team to line the slopes with Dense Asphaltic Concrete (DAC), formulated in its laboratory in Zurich to a design mix specific to the project.

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Shanks Group breaks ground at Wakefield

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altShanks Group plc (‘Shanks’), a leading sustainable international waste management business, is pleased to announce that it has commenced building work on its new state-of the-art waste treatment facility in Wakefield.

Shanks and Wakefield Council marked the occasion by hosting a ground breaking ceremony to signify commencement of construction of the facility which is set to revolutionise waste management in the Wakefield District.

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Alpha Waste Solutions to promote recycling at RWM 2013

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altIt is an exciting time for recycling products specialist Alpha Waste Solutions, as they prepare to give RWM delegates an exclusive first look at their newest commercial waste management product.

Whilst details of the release are being safely guarded until September, with over 20 years’ experience providing premium recycling products to all commercial sectors, Alpha will surely not disappoint.

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