‘No vaccine priority’ for waste sector

22 Feb 2021 |
Joshua Doherty,

The Minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment, Nadhim Zawahi, has said phase two of the vaccine rollout programme could see those “those delivering key public services” prioritised for vaccination.

Mr Zawahi made the comments in a letter in response to the Environmental Services Association (ESA).

Planned Welsh plastics plant given Covid-19 loan

9 Feb 2021 |
James Langley,

Waste management company Orthios has secured a UK government-backed loan to help it develop a 200,000 tonnes per year capacity plastics recycling facility in Holyhead, Anglesey.

Close Brothers Asset Finance has provided Orthios with £1.2 million via the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

‘No workplace connections’ with MK Covid-19 deaths

26 Jan 2021 |
James Langley,

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has indicated there are no apparent connections between the working conditions at a waste site in Milton Keynes and the deaths of two RCV drivers who had tested positive for Covid-19.

The refuse workers, employed by Serco on their contract for Milton Keynes council, were both drivers but worked on separate teams. Serco has been Milton Keynes’ waste collection partner since 2009.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) released a Recycling Roadmap on 12th January, which highlights what the UK needs to achieve if it is to drastically reduce its reliance on plastic waste and reduce plastic going to landfill to 1% by 2030. The report also brings together all currently available data on plastic recycling.

The key points are:

Veolia launches Covid-19 test kit treatment service

12 Jan 2021 |
James Langley, letsrecycle

Veolia has introduced a treatment service for the potentially contaminated waste generated by Covid-19 tests.

The waste produced from testing kits is classified as offensive waste (EWC 180104) and non-hazardous chemical waste (EWC 180107). This means it needs to be stored separately from all other waste, and can only be treated at facilities permitted to take it.