In the aftermath of the 2013 annual industry jamboree
AMID THE plethora of launches, unveilings and general jollity at RWM last week, Recycling & Waste World unleased its brand, spanking new website to the world. RWW readers who were familiar with our old, outdated and rather creaky website will be dazzled by its modern, fresh and informative incarnation. Do have a look at www.recyclingwasteworld.co.uk
and if you have any thoughts on how we can make it even better, drop me an email with your thoughts. Constructive feedback is always appreciated. Returning to RWM and on
a more frivolous note, here are my personal ‘Top Five of RWM 2013’. Best ‘après working hours’ nibbles: These were served by Advanced
Plasma Power (APP) along with the warm welcome extended by Kate Colclough and the team. Best freebies: As always they were to be found at the Salvation
Army Trading Company stand as well as an opportunity to put the world to rights with the irrepressible and exuberant Paul Ozanne. Best live entertainment: This is shared between the RWM catwalk
with clever designs by London fashion students using used textiles and the Brazilian dancers and musicians who were there to flag up RWM Brasil. The latter managed to spectacularly break up business meetings with three luscious scantily clad ladies gyrating between the aisles. Cleverest gizmo: This goes to the UNTHA stand where MD
Chris Oldfield demonstrated the company’s latest shredder, not by showing visitors around the machine itself, but by pointing a tablet at a box which triggered off 3D images on the tablet showing how it works. Ingenious. Finally, the most confusing exhibition lay-out system gong I have
ever come across goes to RWM 2013. If, like me, you spent most of your time wandering up and down looking for stands that were not where they should have numerically and logically, then you truly deserved some of APP’s very superior nibbles.
EA unveils electronic duty of care WTN programme
THE ENVIRONMENT Agency, in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the Welsh Government and Reconomy (UK), has launched an electronic duty of care (edoc) that aims to enable businesses to create, share, sign and record waste transfer notes online. According to the EA: “Up until
now, waste transfer notes (WTNs) have largely been completed by hand with paper copies kept on file for the requisite two years or more. Free to use, edoc will enable you to create WTNs securely online where you can manage, search and retrieve them quickly and easily, reducing unnecessary administration and saving you time and money.” It went on to say: “You will be
able to generate reports on the waste transfers you have been involved in, which will be invaluable for
business planning and auditing purposes and if you are required to report waste tonnages, edoc will also help you do that.” The system, which goes live in
January 2014, also offers an optional waste tracking feature and allows companies to see the ‘bigger picture’ with generalised reports based on all transfers recorded on edoc. “We believe there are 23 million
waste transfer notes that get filled in, handed over and get stored for two years,” said Mat Crocker, EA’s head of illegals and waste. “It’s a cost to business; searching through old transfer notes is time consuming. As a regulator I know that to my cost.” The £3.8mprogramme is said
to have been put through detailed testing, according to Steve Lee, CIWM’s chief executive, who stressed the importance of feed-back. “I want everyone to get their
hands on it,” he said before adding: “I hope people move towards it voluntarily.”
Waste Less, Live More Week
MORE THAN 60 charities, businesses and organisations have joined forces for this year’s Waste Less, Live More Week that is taking place on 16-22 September. The week-long event, organised
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by Keep Britain Tidy, is taking as its theme ‘Better Food for All’ this year and looks at how people can produce and consume food in ways that are better for health, the environment and society. According to Keep Britain Tidy:
“At a time when up to a third of food produced globally is wasted, food poverty is on the increase in this country and more and more families are having to rely on food banks to feed themselves, this year’s Waste Less, Live More Week is an opportunity to look at the issues surrounding our production and consumption of food, how much food we waste as a nation and how we can improve the situation.” The highlight of the week will be
a Keep Britain Tidy-hosted ‘Better Food for All’ conference with speakers including Tesco’s head of food waste reduction, Mark Little, A girl called Jack blogger, Jack
Funding aims to plug skills gap
THANKS TO government funding announced last week, an employer- led partnership has been set up to help the future workforce of the UK’s energy and utility industries. The Energy and Efficiency
Industrial Partnership is intended to fill an emerging training and skills void in the waste management, gas, water, renewables and power industries. It receives the funding as part of the government’s Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) pilot and is supported by Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills), Capita Talent Partnerships and Asset Skills, and driven by National Grid - among 67 employers from across the sector. Collectively, they aim tomatch
the government’s input with an additional contribution, channelled into addressing an ageing workforce, a lack of future-proof skills and youth unemployment.
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70,000 learning opportunities, through apprenticeships and traineeships, the partnership is expected to create more entry routes to jobs, support training and ensure the industry has the right quality of new recruits. It is anticipated to give employers control over the make-up and content of training and employees a clearer view of what training is available. An estimated 50% of current
employees is expected to have left the sector by 2023, due to its ageing workforce. To plug that gap, it is estimated that 208,000 new people will be required within 10 years and the partnership plans to put long term solutions in place. The partnership is expected
to become a forum for strategic discussions on current and future energy skills challenges,
contributing to the delivery of a low carbon economy that will ensure the security of UK utilities. It said it aims to develop an
industry-wide view on growth innovation and sustainability, as well as game-changing, sustainable ways of improving skills.
• www.energyandefficiency partnership.co.uk
www. r e c y c l i n gwa s t ewo r l d . c o . u k Currently applicable only for non-
hazardous waste, with no plans as yet to move edoc towards hazardous waste, key features include a log of actions performed on a WTN, by whom and when along with the ability to create a season ticket with the option to include multiple waste types, containers and collection frequencies. There is also an optional tracking system to see the fate of the waste.
• For more details, visit edoconline.co.uk
Monroe and Duncan Williamson fromWWF. As part of efforts to encourage individuals to think about the food they buy and consume, Keep Britain Tidy has issued the ‘Better Food for All’ challenge to the public for the week. Over the seven days of Waste
Less, Live More Week, people are being invited to take part in a daily challenge to explore and
take action around ‘Better Food for All’, including meat-free Monday, waste less Wednesday and seasonal Sunday. Partners for this year’s Waste Less, Live More Week include clothing recycling charity TRAID and the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN). They, along with other organisations, will be organising events and activities.
Edinburgh & Midlothian
TWO COMPANIES have reached the final stages of their bid to win the Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian residual waste treatment contract. Viridor WasteManagement
and FCC Medio Ambiente SA are bidding to win a multi-million pound contract to recycle up to 135,000 tonnes a year of mixed waste collected by the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils, using new facilities which are to be up and running by the end of 2017. The contract aims to help the
councils reach recycling rates of 70% and reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill from around 50% at present to less than 5% by 2025, in line with targets set by the Scottish Government. Jim Orr at Edinburgh Council said: “These facilities will
complement the continued efforts to reduce waste in the first place and increase recycling at the kerbside both in Edinburgh and Midlothian.” Jim Bryant, cabinet member
for economic development at Midlothian Council, added: “Continued progress in the Zero Waste Project is important for the recycling and landfill targets of both councils, and is also the first step in the redevelopment of derelict land at former railway marshalling yards in Midlothian. This has the potential to create new jobs and business opportunities in the area, and I look forward to a successful outcome in the near future.” Following a further series of
discussions with the councils, the two competing bidders will submit final bids early next year and a preferred bidder will be chosen.
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