Waste & Recycling

Case Studies

Tackling Waste with BRE

Charlotte Harris, sustainability administrator at Pexhurst, explains why BRE Group’s SmartWaste tool has prompted the reimagining of the UK fit-out specialist’s waste management strategy. Harris joined Pexhurst just over a year ago as an assistant buyer and the company’s sustainability administrator when she was charged with overseeing the implementation and management of a new sustainability…

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Republic Services Acquires US Ecology

Waste collection and environmental services provider Rublic Services has completed the acquisition of US Ecology, Inc., for the previously announced price of US $48 per share in cash representing a total value of US $2.2 billion including debt net of cash acquired. US Ecology stock will be delisted from the NASDAQ Global Select Market. The transaction expands Republic’s environmental…

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British Businesses Unaware of New Plastic Packaging Tax

Seventy-seven per cent of senior decision makers in retail and manufacturing who participated in a YouGov survey commissioned by Veolia remain unaware of Britain’s new Plastic Packaging Tax only days before it comes into effect. The new tax places a £200 per tonne levy on producers or importers of plastic packaging if they do not…

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Veolia to Operate eRCVs in Kingston

Veolia will launch Kingston Council’s first fleet of electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (eRCVs) in the autumn following its client’s approval of plans for cleaner and greener waste collection. As the council’s recycling and waste collections partner, Veolia will operate the new e-collection vehicles, which will make collection services in Kingston fully electric for the first…

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Transforming Waste-derived CO2 into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

One of the first synthetic eFuel production units in Europe could be implemented at LIPOR’s Energy Recovery Plant near Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto. With an innovative technology configuration and design, it is set to revolutionize the waste-to-energy industry while simultaneously decarbonizing the aviation sector. An interdisciplinary consortium, formed by LIPOR (Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater…

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Sustainable Cleaning and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Global hygiene products manufacturer Diversey Holdings considers some of the lessons learnt by businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses large and small rushed to introduce additional and stricter cleaning and hygiene processes during the Covid-19 pandemic. The overriding requirement has been to protect customers and staff while also providing additional reassurance by cleaning more frequently…

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Veolia Launches Ecoservices

Veolia UK has launched a new service to help businesses that produce small volumes of waste which may include hazardous materials. By accurately identifying and compliantly collecting this waste the new solution, called Ecoservices, will provide efficient disposal and treatment of small amounts of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Aimed at a wide range of businesses…

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Rewarding Consumers of Sustainable Beauty Products

A new partnership between UK loyalty app Embargo and eco-beauty brand Faith In Nature will incentivise purchases of refillable products.   App users buying qualifying products at participating outlets will be rewarded with loyalty points which can later be traded for free product refills.   According to the company’s literature, Faith In Nature currently saves…

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Aramark Recognised for Sustainable Foodservice

09.11.2021, 12:06 Aramark Recognised for Sustainable Foodservice Aramark UK has received two Waste2zero 2021 awards following its successful introduction of measures to prevent and recycle waste.   The company was successful in winning the Best Recycling Project Award and the Best Waste Project Communication & Stakeholder Engagement Award, with Aramark also receiving a commendation in the Best…

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Tackling Food Waste with Smart Technology

08.11.2021, 10:20 Tackling Food Waste with Smart Technology Sodexo’s use of technology to tackle food waste has been recognised with a Best Waste Prevention Project award at the Waste2Zero Awards. The Waste2Zero Awards were held at the exclusive In & Out in London’s St James’s Square and celebrated excellence in Waste Management and Prevention, providing…

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International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2021

28.09.2021, 14:37 International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2021 On the eve of the second annual United Nations awareness day for preventing food loss and waste, Sodexo has provided an update on its ‘Wastewatch powered by LeanPath’ food waste reduction programme in the United Kingdom. The French multinational foodservice and facility services…

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Thames Water Contract

22.09.2021, 12:28 Thames Water Contract Kier has been appointed by Thames Water to deliver a £66 million design and build project at Mogden Sewage Treatment Works (STW) in Isleworth, West London. The new works on the site of Thames Water’s third-largest sewage treatment works will include the design and construction of significant new facilities designed to provide…

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ISS Commits to Food Waste Reduction

13.09.2021, 10:01 ISS Commits to Food Waste Reduction ISS Facility Services has introduced a new programme targeted at achieving a 50 per cent reduction in food waste for clients of its U.S. food management business by 2024.   According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a third of all food is wasted and…

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Improving Composting for Carbon Gains

02.09.2021, 14:51 Improving Composting for Carbon Gains A new process developed and trailled by Veolia in the United Kingdom increases compost recovery rates by around a quarter.   Prior to the new process, physical contaminants such as plastics and metals that had been mistakenly discareded by customers prevented a significant volume of green waste from…

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NHS Test and Trace Waste Services Contract

13.07.2021, 14:22 NHS Test and Trace Waste Services Contract Veolia have been awarded a contract to provide healthcare waste management services for NHS Test and Trace’s new state-of-the-art Covid-19 testing facility, the Rosalind Franklin Laboratory in Royal Leamington Spa.   The contract award which falls under the Crown Commercial Services Framework provides for Veolia teams…

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What you Need to Know About the Environment Bill

21.06.2021, 08:09 What you Need to Know About the Environment Bill Gareth Rondel, Sustainability Lead at the Contractor Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), explains why the UK’s proposed Environment Bill will impact environmental governance of the built environment sector.   After several Covid-related setbacks, the Environment Bill, which provides a post-Brexit framework for environmental…

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Princess Royal Thanks Veolia Key Workers

21.05.2021, 14:42 Princess Royal Thanks Veolia Key Workers Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has visited Veolia’s Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) in Southwark, London to celebrate workplace training and thank key workers who have continued to serve the country during the COVID-19 crisis.   Her Royal Highness greeted school children learning about the recycling…

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Comment on UK Government Peat Consultation

Malcolm Marshall, General Manager – Compost, Veolia UK, comments on the United Kingdom government’s recent announcement of a new consultation on the phasing out of peat. If the UK is to meet its net zero targets we must protect our precious peatlands which retain carbon at a huge scale.   Unfortunately the voluntary phasing out…

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Bidvest Noonan to Offer Waste Solutions

15.04.2021, 15:17 Bidvest Noonan to Offer Waste Solutions Facility services provider Bidvest Noonan has acquired Dublin-based waste handling solutions distributor, Ancove Enterprises. Ancove, which operates throughout Ireland, supports clients in a range of sectors, including retail, hospitality, manufacturing and education with equipment including compactors, balers and waste handling accessories, and service and support capabilities. The…

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The SIM Card Made from Recycled Refrigerators

24.03.2021, 11:05 The SIM Card Made from Recycled Refrigerators Thales and Veolia have joined forces to create the first eco-designed SIM card made from recycled plastic.   Using recycled materials in a special industrial production process will eliminate the need for close to 5,000 metric tonnes of virgin plastic a year, and will help to…

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Groupe Renault Joins EV Battery Recycling Coalition

18.03.2021, 11:08 Groupe Renault Joins EV Battery Recycling Coalition Groupe Renault has joined a global collaboration launched in September 2020 by Veolia and Solvay to support closed loop recycling of end-of-life electric vehicle batteries as part of the circular economy.   With the number of electric vehicles on the road expected to grow globally from…

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Food Waste Action Week

02.03.2021, 11:03 Food Waste Action Week A partnership between Compass Group and WRAP is encouraging organisations across the food and drinks sector to work together to prevent food going to waste as the UK commemorates its inaugural “Food Waste Action Week”. Compass was an early signatory of WRAP Courtauld 2025, a 10-year voluntary agreement bringing…

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How to Keep Common Areas Clean Post COVID

22.02.2021, 19:17 How to Keep Common Areas Clean Post COVID The propensity of SARS-CoV-2 to lurk on doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons and keyboards is making decontamination of workplace surfaces an essential part of facility management. Covid-19 is quickly passed on to people when they touch common workplace surfaces and subsequently touch their own noses, mouths…

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Public Support Plastics Recycling

04.02.2021, 15:23 Public Support Plastics Recycling According to new research, a majority of the UK’s adult population believe recycling will assume greater importance in the next five years with a particular emphasis on plastics. Currently only 9 per cent of plastics are recycled globally which provides for potential savings of between 30 and 150 million…

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Cycling Towards Net Zero

29.01.2021, 08:21 Cycling Towards Net Zero Valpak is celebrating a recycling award for its carbon-free battery collection service which uses cycle couriers to collect waste batteries from workplaces in Cambridge and London.   Cyclists use reverse logistics, picking up batteries after dropping off parcels at offices and retail outlets. The scheme has already collected 6.974…

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Supporting the Plastic Circular Economy

28.01.2021, 12:45 Supporting the Plastic Circular Economy Veolia UK & Ireland has expanded its plastic recycling capacity in the United Kingdom by 8,000 tonnes, and extended processing to over 100 different grades of the material in line with new targets for reducing environmental leakage and returning plastic to the supply chain for reuse.   Working…

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Wood Recycling Plant Opens Ahead of COP26

08.01.2021, 09:18 Wood Recycling Plant Opens Ahead of COP26 A new facility in north west England expands Veolia’s wood recycling capacity by 50,000 metric tonnes and bolsters biomass energy production.   Adding to the 410,000 tonnes of waste wood already processed by Veolia each year, the new site will feed wide ranging wood recycling operations,…

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Mitigating Waste in Public Spaces

07.12.2020, 19:28 Mitigating Waste in Public Spaces Covid-19 concerns about food waste in public spaces and environmental concerns over single-use plastic packaging are prompting many public sector organisations to rethink environmental management. Local government organizations are addressing these concerns via a variety of methods, with the goal of achieving sustainable public spaces free from individual…

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Inauguration of ESA Chair

27.11.2020, 14:12 Inauguration of ESA Chair Gavin Graveson, Executive Vice-President of Veolia UK & Ireland, has been inaugurated as the new Chair of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), succeeding Viridor managing director, Phil Piddington.   ESA Chairs are elected bi-annually from its board of directors, with member organisations having invested billion of pounds during the…

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Praise for Electrical Recycling Facility

26.11.2020, 17:20 Praise for Electrical Recycling Facility Member of Parliament for Bridgnorth and Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) chair, Philip Dunne, has praised a local Veolia facility for its contribution to recycling electrical products. During a visit to the plant that coincided with the publication of an EAP report into Electrical Waste and the Circular Economy,…

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Driving Social Change

19.11.2020, 23:54 Driving Social Change Manchester’s largest independent waste business, Kenny Waste Management, has completed its initial target under a social enterprise initiative to provide long-term employment for local adults.   The recruitment of the company’s first degree-level apprentice under its new ‘Driving Change’ initiative meets its initial target of adding 20 people to the…

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