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More than 300,000 tonnes of PET plastic soft drinks pack- aging could be saved every year by replacing traditional soft drinks with SodaStream, according to a report by the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University.

Soft Drinks: Hard on the

Environment, highlights the environmental impact of packaging created by the £13.2B soft drinks industry. It claims that the average UK consumer drinks 229 litres of soft drinks every year and that by making such refreshments at home using systems such as SodaStream, the UK could reduce PET soft drinks packaging by 84% – 303,084 tonnes, every year. That would mean emis- sions associated with soft drinks packaging would be cut by 600 tonnes a year, and water used in the production of soft drinks would be cut by around 66,300M litres.

WRAP releases recycling analysis

Kerbside data offers benchmark for councils

An analysis of the performance of kerbside recycling services for councils across the UK has been released by the government agency WRAP. It shows that performance varies significantly, dependent on the choice of col- lection system chosen and the characteristics of the local area. The analysis also offers bench-

marks to help authorities com- pare their performance with that of similar authorities.

In England, there was a sub- stantial increase in the number of councils collecting paper, card, cans, glass and plastic bottles, with 173 English local authori- ties collecting all of these dur- ing 2008/09 (almost half of all English councils) compared with 126 in 2006/07. Overall, 206 UK authorities now collect all five materials at the kerbside. “This research offers insight for local authorities helping them

Some 206 UK authorities collect paper, card, cans, glass and plastic bottles

understand the effect which dif- ferent local choices can have on the performance of their recycling services,” said WRAP’s director for local government services, Phillip Ward.


“This evidence will help them their decisions


account also of their own local needs and circumstances.”

Last year WRAP launched a benchmarking tool, giving local authorities a simple way to com- pare their kerbside dry recycling performance against authorities with similar demographics, to their nearest (statistical) neigh- bours and to national perfor- mance. The tool draws on the data presented in this latest report.

Caterpillar triumphs with zero waste results

Leicester and Desford sites fulfil management target

The machinery company Caterpillar claims that two of its UK sites have achieved 100% recycling

rates, waste to landfill.

The US firm’s hose assembly plant for the remanufacturing and components division in Leicester hit the waste management target late last year and the Caterpillar Logistics Services, known as Cat Logistics, in Desford has main- tained a 100% recycling rate for more than a year.

The Desford site, which pro- vides logistics services to a range of clients, distributing materials around the world, has had a long-

sending zero

standing recycling programme in place – and ramped it up in 2008 to achieve the zero waste goal. “We’re extremely proud of the results of this project,” said Cat Logistics’ site services manager Paul Morris. “It’s a great thing for the environment, but it’s also great

for our business. We’ve

taken what used to be a cost and turned it into an asset.” The facility saved £118,500 in

a year as a result of its efforts, according to the company Measures included:

n expanding six waste streams to the more than 30 that exist today n bundling or baling waste from those streams, which has reduced transportation

used waste off site by 50% to move CAT SPLASHES CASH

Caterpillar has agreed to buy waste-to-energy gen-set manufacturer MWM Holding from British private equity firm 3i Group for €580M. The German maker of gas and diesel engines, formerly known as Duetz, has been a takeover target of Cat for some time. The agreement hands Caterpillar a company it has long coveted, having been outbid by 3i three years ago. Cat also makes gen-sets that run on alternative fuels, but MWM “was very strong in the alternative gas space”.

n providing workers with small desktop containers for office rub- bish and setting up segregated collection points for various materials to encourage recycling and motivate employees to gener- ate less waste

The facility in Leicester reached the waste management goal by increasing its recycling rate by around 30%. Steps taken included developing a total waste man- agement system that enabled the facility to maximize revenues from the process, which included starting a programme to recycle rubber hydraulic hoses used at the site.

The site has saved more than £10,000 since September 2009.


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