Plastic reprocessing business, Bright Green Plastics, which recycles over 40,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste each year, has invested £750,000 in developing a plastics sorting plant.

It will be fully operational by the end of July 2020.

The plant, installed at the company’s Castleford site, will enable the firm to take bales of mixed plastics and 3D materials, collected from the kerbside, and sort them by polymer type, colour and even sift out metals, paper and other residual waste.

And it will help to keep more plastic out of landfill, incinerators and the ocean.

The investment covers purchase of the plant, civil engineering and installation costs. It will allow Bright Green Plastics to buy material from the wider market and eliminate reliance on purchasing pre-sorted bales from other processors.

Not only will this bring commercial benefits to the business, but it will increase its supply of sorted materials to feed into the recycling process.

In turn this will create extra capacity by increasing yield and cutting non target materials.

Steve Spencer, managing director, said: “The investment will reduce the core costs within our business.

“However, we are also excited by the fact it will create more jobs, whilst boosting the UK plastic reprocessing industry by creating more recycling capacity.”

The plant was originally planned to open in January 2020, but this was forced to be put on hold due to the pandemic. However, it is now up-and-running.

Spencer added: “The plant is likely to discourage exporting of mixed materials due to this new UK-based processing capacity to sort the plastics into single stream polymers prior to recycling.”

The facility uses state-of-the-art, infrared technology to sort materials. It is managed by Craig Davison, who said: “We’re set to play a key role in increasing the UK’s recycling capacity.

“Getting to work with the very latest technology to keep perfectly good, recyclable plastic in the UK is a huge step in the right direction for our industry after what’s been an extremely challenging time.”

The Castleford plant is phase one of Bright Green Plastic’s long-term investment plan, which will see the business further upgrade equipment to keep up with demand for recycling.

This is in line with the introduction of the UK plastic tax in 2022. It will be compulsory for all UK manufacturers and producers to incorporate at least 30% of recycling plastic material into plastic packaging, to avoid being hit with a large tax bill.

DORSET Council has awarded a six-year contact to treat and dispose of 60,000 tonnes of the county’s waste to an east Dorset-based company – but will not reveal the cost.

The council has confirmed the contract to New Earth Solutions (Canford) Ltd, but says the cost of the deal is ‘confidential information.’

The six-year contract, with an option of another three years, will make use of the company’s 125,000 tonnes per annum Canford site which the council, and former Dorset County Council, has been using since 2009. It will deal with the residual (non-recyclable) waste the council collects at the kerbside. Recycling, bulky waste and waste from the household recycling centres are not included in the contract.

The waste treated at Canford has organic material and metals separated out with what is left then sent to energy from waste facilities.

New Earth says it provides sustainable waste treatment services to local authority and commercial customers across the UK, helping them enhance recycling and reduce the impact on the environment by diverting waste away from landfill. The company says that as well as refuse derived fuel (RDF), the Canford site also produces a compost-like product along with other recyclable products.

The primary treatment facility at Canford will ensure that a high percentage of Dorset waste remains within the county boundary, assisting the council to achieve its waste management targets and part of its climate change objectives.

The bid is said to divert up to 96 per cent of waste from landfill for the council, improve vehicle turnaround times and increase recycling recovery by 7.5 per cent over the contract term.

Said Tim Shapcott, commercial director of parent company Beauparc UK: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract with Dorset, the tender was underpinned by a solution to receive the residual waste from over 180,000 kerbside collections before processing at the Mechanical Biological Treatment facility in Canford.”

The Coronavirus has currently impacted the way we live and do business. Waste Advantage Magazine talked with six experts in the industry to get their perspective on how this pandemic is affecting their business and how they have kept employees safe.

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared that the global coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is a pandemic, which means the illnesses are occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population. Since then, everyday life has been disrupted. Impacts have ranged from school and business closings, to the cancellation of public events to the interruption of basic services such as public transportation.

 

As an essential service, society is relying on the public and private waste services sector to collect waste and recyclables from homes, business and institutions.

What were the three most important things that you have done during the pandemic and what actions did you take that you wish you did faster?

John Paglia, III: We have always been known for having some of the shiniest garbage trucks in the country. Image is very important to us. To protect our hard-working customer service driven employees, we wanted to increase our attention to detail by implementing mandatory daily disinfecting and cleaning procedures by our Maintenance Department for each route truck. When a truck finishes from its daily route and is parked, our team uses a germicidal disinfecting detergent. It is applied to all interior surfaces, including, but not limited to, steering wheels, seats, floors, dash, doors, operations controls, buttons, switches, etc. This allows them to worry about the already safety intensive job and gives them the peace of mind every day that they are returning to safe working environment. It’s very important to us to protect our family of employees. We are evaluating and making changes as new challenges come our way. We have found it very important to be able to adjust on the fly.

 

We have also taken an important role in supporting our employees, their families, and small businesses forced to shut their doors during the stay at home order. In addition to supplying mask, gloves, sanitizer, soap and water for every working employee, we also implemented hourly and weekly payroll raises. We have added more staffing and rented more collection equipment to allow us to shorten our routes and get our employees routes completed earlier so they too can return home to protect and support their families, who like many of us, have kids home from school and spouses who may be temporarily unemployed. We also have recently implemented purchasing boxed lunches from many local bars and grills that are our customers, on a weekly basis for all our staff to have a bring along lunch or a take home dinner.

I always try to learn from current situations as an opportunity to have another vantage point. I believe it has only bonded our company for the better. I believe most employees knew we cared for them, but not this much. The appreciation by them allows them to come to work clear headed and serve our family of customers with the respect and reliability they pay for. In hindsight it would have been nice for us to have a higher in-stock inventory of high demand items like portable wash stations, soap, and hand sanitizer for our customers that require them on construction sites and for our employee use. As of beginning of April we were able to secure and stock sanitizer and wash stations to better serve our customers and allow them to keep working safely. It was a daily search around the clock for what felt like two weeks straight to get these items. I finally found a company in Tampa and drove over 300 miles to obtain the sanitizer and soap.

trends3Keith Banasiak: The most important things we did to prepare were communicate, provide for and train our employees. However, I do wish we had prepared and and procured additional PPE and sanitizer for our staff. However, we have done well navigating through this pandemic. I’m sure that once we gather post pandemic data and learn from this, we will eliminate things that may not have been pertinent and redirect our focus on those areas and items that are.

 

Mark Creswell: In any crisis, you need to act quickly and take proactive steps to protect employees and customers. We moved quickly. Every morning, we reviewed the prior day’s statistics and made adjustments as needed. The early actions we took to communicate with our customers and our employees were critical. Customers were glad to hear that we were there for them and they didn’t need to worry about waste collection. Some customers needed more services while others needed less. We talked to everyone. Employees were confident that they had the tools and the resources to get the job done. Another important thing we did was to contact all of our supply chain partners to make certain they would be able to meet our ongoing demand for critical supplies. Fortunately, we have great relationships with our customers and vendors, and no one has let us down. Another action item that we did at the beginning of the crisis was to reach out to the Small Business Administration and developed a good understanding of the programs offered to help.

 

Have you had any staffing challenges?

Paglia: We have always tried to stay ahead of the curve of what most businesses offer their employees. Under normal conditions, we already have an excellent package for staffing no matter the position. We strive to have top tier base pay, IRA annual company matching, 90-100 percent company paid Health, Dental, and Vision insurance, monthly safety bonuses, Christmas bonuses, free gym memberships, and annual bonuses. We recently doubled everyone’s monthly safety bonuses. We are in the process of increasing everyone’s base pay to help ease the stress if their spouse lost a job. We have increased our operating cost during this pandemic due to more trucks on route to shorten routes and not have our trucks on the road as long daily. This motivates the current staff letting them clearly understand their safety and well-being is more important than profits and routing efficiency. This pandemic has not stopped our alinement of future growth through acquisition, it has probably escalated them. Therefore, we are really pushing applicants of all positions, wanting to join a growing business with stable career opportunities, to apply online. We are recruiting talent via recruiters, social media, internet, print marketing.

 

Banasiak: We have been fortunate to have our offices receive resumes and applications during this pandemic. At the start, we were in a fair position, but now we are the benefactor of employees that have been forced out from other employment.

 

Creswell: We have not had any staffing changes. We are a small, but strong, company. Our employees are confident and hard working. They care about their customers and each other so when the going got tough, I knew I could count on the entire team to dig a little deeper and get the job done. And at the end of the day, they know our company cares about them and their families.

 

What did you learn about your customers during the pandemic? How do you continue to communicate with them about their waste and recycling routes, disposal, and being mindful of keeping garbage collectors safe?

Shawn Mandel: Commercial volumes have dropped significantly and there has been a large increase on the residential side, so we have communicated to customers quite a bit, such as if you have a positive case in your household, please bag and seal that trash separately and we need to make sure that they understand that it is not medical waste, it can go in with the MSW. We also do not want our employees exposed to those materials that potentially still carry the virus. We have used social media a lot, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, PSAs and even mass mailings. We have been getting some good responses back from our customers. The outcomes from this crisis will have a significant impact on our industry.

 

Paglia: We have found that almost all customers understand the situation and challenges we all are facing being on the front lines collecting waste during this pandemic. At the same time, we are sympathetic to their challenges and stresses. Our collection policies and period have been stretched, we have allowed commercial accounts to suspend or cancel without penalty. The unfortunate truth is many businesses may not survive. On a positive note, we have had many customers donating mask and supplies for our employees to wear because they love their “garbage guys”. Many other local businesses have stepped up to assist where they can. We have many openings for all positions due to requirements and strain this pandemic has caused for our industry. We have been able to employ recently laid off individuals who joined with intent to be temporary but have voiced to us they want to remain permanently. For the last four weeks our offices have been closed to guest and customer visits. Our vendors are extremely limited, but we must accept outsiders who deliver essentials like parts, oils, and fuel to stay running for our customers. We have used many forms of communication, all of which require no human contact, which is a change considering I enjoy meeting my customers face to face and ending our deals with a firm handshake. We have shifted now to more phone conversations, direct text messages, post to social media on Facebook and Instagram, and adding posts to our website. Bulk/Yard waste collection suspension has been a growing trend in our industry. We continue to monitor the situation day by day and adjust accordingly.

Banasiak: I’ve learned that our residential customers are even more appreciative of our service. We have had a very strong customer loyalty and now, more than ever, we are receiving gestures of gratitude daily across our footprint. Not a day goes by where I do not see an e-mail with a photo or a letter of gratitude from our customers. Most of our municipal partners have taken the lead in consumer education. Where we are not in those situations, our local offices are providing education to those customers.

Creswell: Many customers are worried about the pandemic and the affect it will have on their business. I get it. We have fostered close relationships with our customers, and I can feel their pain. We communicate with customers by phone, e-mail and social media. We made sure we were accessible and responsive to every need.

 

Did you have a contingency plan in place prior to this? If so, did you refer to it when making a strategic plan?

Mandel: We set out early to develop a specific pandemic business continuity plan to address the impact we are seeing. We adopted targeted strategies beyond just the influenza planning that would normally take place. There were some additional things that we focused on, as this has been a crisis that we had never experienced before. Even when N1H1 happened, we did not close our corporate offices; however, with this pandemic we have taken it with the seriousness that it deserves.

 

Paglia: Owning a waste business in Florida, requires you to have plans for contingency based on short staffing, heavy garbage days due to holidays, and the almighty Hurricanes. None of those by themselves can help us prepare for this type of pandemic. Grouping parts of these plans together, in addition to our self -requirement of maintaining excellent customer service and staying light on our feet, we take each day as it comes. My father always told me “The show must go on”. What he means by that is no matter the challenges we have in front of us, it’s our duty to ensure every customer is serviced when scheduled, no matter what it takes. We also have posted any CDC or WHO tips and guidelines to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of the pandemic to all employees in real time. We do not want to assume they are gathering the up to date information in their off time. Our culture has always been built around the willingness to have hands on managers and owners. When the staff sees managers and owners willing to join in on the collection side during the pandemic, the motivation spreads from employee to employee faster than the pandemic itself.

 

Flower: We have crisis management plans in place to address a variety of situations including a Pandemic Response Plan. Our plan was flexible and helped us quickly organize and prepare for the quick moving crisis. Keep in mind, many of us had worked in the industry when the H1N1 pandemic occurred in 2009. The planning and the lessons learned 11 years ago were helpful in responding to this crisis.

 

Crewell: As a small company, we didn’t have a plan in place, however, we are quick learners and relied on the guidance from the Center for Disease Control, OSHA, SBA and Homeland Security to adapt to the crisis. I think we did really well especially in our actions to protect workers.

 

Safety Concerns

What changes to safety procedures have been made during the coronavirus pandemic? What are some of the (best) precautions that have been taken to protect the safety of employees?

Mandel: The first thing we did was update our pandemic operational continuity plan to address the potential severity of this pandemic. We had a lot of our customers reach out to us asking “how are you going to ensure business continuity if our local district is significantly impacted by this virus?”, “how are you going to continue to provide the necessary services that are essential?”. Fortunately, we were early adopters of the CDC and OSHA’s guidance on social distancing and other precautions and as a result, we have been fortunate that we have not seen many team members test positive. Waste Connections has had some cases, but not widespread in any particular district, including New York or some of our harder hit areas like New Orleans, etc. Our frontline leaders and teams have been able to control the number of positives through early and consistent adoption of those best practices.

 

We have ensured that all of our team members have access to the appropriate PPE, facial coverings, hand sanitizer and other needed supplies for their health and safety. For cleaning and disinfecting, we developed a new process, working closely with the CDC and other experts guidelines. It was based in part on the airline industry approach and how they are cleaning and disinfecting aircraft after positive tests. We developed the process, sourced the equipment, put together specific training and have been able to facilitate a lot of the cleaning and disinfecting of the trucks and equipment in house rather than trying to source through a cleaning company. It has enabled us to respond quicker and protect our team members better. Before, we could be waiting 3 to 10 days for third-party service.

Having several pieces of equipment or portions of the facility locked out until the service completed was simply not a viable solution. The plans adopted for our trucks and facilities have been very successful.

When the federal government decided it was going to divert personal protective equipment to healthcare personnel and first responders, we all understood why and knew that it was necessary. We even took significant amount of PPE, like the N95s that we used at the MRFs and donated them to healthcare and medical facilities in our local markets. However, the federal diversion impact on other types of PPE needed to protect our team made sourcing more challenging. So, we worked closely with industry associations to petition FEMA and other regulatory bodies to get a higher level of status when it comes to opening up some of those supply chains. We had to rethink our approach when it comes to certain type of protective practices that we put into place where we were struggling to use the traditional forms. For example, we went through thousands of nitrile gloves for maintenance and other team members within the organization and yet those were difficult to get. Even things like hand sanitizer was difficult to get so we were forced to get creative and reached out to some of our vendor partners, like Eric Hoffman at Classic Industrial Safety (CIS), who stepped up and helped significantly. In other cases, we came up with new training resources and practices based on CDC and OSHA guidance like the cleaning and disinfecting of trucks/equipment. Our team is extremely creative when it comes to identifying a problem and finding, sourcing or creating a solution and we are fortunate that we have great leadership throughout Waste Connections that has enabled us to continue to serve.

 

Paglia: How we interact in the office, operationally and with customers, that has changed for everybody – no hand shaking, no pats on the back, etc. We are overly cautious how we now allow employee interactions with customers and fellow employees. Basic limitations, like limiting one driver at the dispatch window for example. We are practicing CDC and WHO guidelines as far as social distancing. We are going through the trucks with a germicidal disinfectant daily as previously mentioned. We are protecting the staff doing the disifecting who are in full clothing with minimal exposed skin, goggles, and face mask. We installed 16-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer in every truck and will become part of the fluids check when trucks come in for maintenance. We have made it part of our mandatory safety culture.

 

Will Flower: On Long Island (New York), we developed and implemented a number of changes to protect workers and ensure our customers were getting the services they needed. Early on, we arranged to have the majority of office staff work from home to enhance social distancing. We also increased the frequency of office cleaning and truck cleaning in an attempt to stop or slow the spread of the virus. We also immediately stressed to our people that if they were sick, the best thing they can do for themselves and the company was to stay home, take care of themselves and get better as soon as possible. We also made sure that surfaces in the office, dispatch area and other workspaces were regularly cleaned and disinfected. And, we made sure we had a good supply of PPE, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. We also arranged for every truck cab to be disinfected every night.

Banasiak: We have followed and continually adhere to the CDC guidelines and structured our operations to comply. We have made a strong effort to have all employees keep a safe social distance throughout their days. Operationally, we have staggered route start times to limit the potential to gather as well as split up traditional larger groups for safety meetings. We have provided hand sanitizer and masks to the staff along with the traditional PPE needs and requirements. Each night, we have vehicles sanitized as they return from routes. Additionally, we have identified administrative staff capable of working remotely and made proper accommodations to allow them to be functional away from our facilities, which have restricted public access at this point.

Creswell: As soon as it became apparent that we were facing a major crisis, we immediately reached out to our customers and informed them that we were fully prepared to continue services as needed. We explained to customers that while we were limiting face-to-face contact, we were just a phone call away if they needed anything. We also made changes in the driver check in and check out procedures to minimize face-to-face contact. We immediately increased training and reviewed the steps to protect our families and friends from the spread of the virus. We set up guidelines for social distancing, ordered additional PPE and reviewed procedures for enhanced hand washing. We realized that information and training is at the heart of pandemic planning and containment, so we made sure to share educational material that explained the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

David Biderman: It is important to recognize that the federal government has provided guidance stating that personal protective equipment such as gloves is sufficient to protect frontline solid waste employees from exposure to COVID-19. However, employers have made a variety of operational changes to address concerns. For example, drivers’ meetings at the start of the day are not taking place in a small room, but are being done either with appropriate social distancing or digitally. Truck cabs are being cleaned and wiped down on a regular basis. Employees are being reminded frequently to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer. Employees are not congregating in break rooms. Some recycling facilities have reduced the number of pickers to provide adequate social distancing. Gatehouse employees are no longer accepting cash, and the hours of operation at some facilities have changed to reduce the potential for exposure. My favorite adjustment that I’ve learned about is a handful of solid waste employers are either driving workers to the start of a residential route or allowing helpers to drive in their own vehicle to the start of the route and get on the riding step there. After a neighborhood is collected, the helper is returned to his vehicle and drives to the next neighborhood and gets back on the riding step. This is being done because a driver and helper typically are less than 6 feet apart in the cab. When the driver and helper are in a cab together, they should wear facial coverings.

 

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How do you communicate safety measures or hold safety meetings when you have to practice social distancing?

Biderman: There are a variety of ways that employers can continue to communicate safety measures and coach employees to work safely, despite social distancing. Supervisors are using digital communications (primarily texts) to remind drivers, helpers, heavy equipment operators and others. Posters and other visual communication tools can still be used. Safety meetings are taking place outside in the yard where front line workers can remain 6 feet apart.

 

Mandel: Some of our larger sites have facilitated open bays in the shop and staggered start times to reduce the number of individuals coming in at any given time. In other locations we’ve been able to use our tablets and our other forms of electronic communication. We have safety communication boards that are posted at each of our districts and sent a lot of our messaging through them. Our learning management system (LMS) has been used to connect our team members through iPhones and other platforms, thus ensure that this critical message and training is still being delivered.

However, a big part of our organization’s success is built around relationships, both internal and external and we have had to think outside the box on how we connect and engage our team members. Fortunately, we have creative people who took up the challenge and are working around the clock to keep our culture and protect our team during this historic time in history.

Paglia: We have tried to model the “crowds less than 10” recommendation. Meetings are now held outside in the open air with men and women spaced more than 10 feet apart. We also have handouts of the material being discussed by the safety manager or coordinator who is giving the meeting for employees to read along. We do not eat in the common breakroom anymore, all cutlery is throw away not reusable preventing cross contamination. Everything that the CDC has recommended we are following to a ‘T’ and in most cases taking it one step further. HR department creates handouts to be given to employees and their families. We post to social medias and our internal employee email database.

Flower: Safety is critical during the pandemic, just as it was prior to the crisis. We strive to keep safety top of mind among all people within our organization. Effective communication drives home the importance of safety. In place of the traditional face-to-face safety meetings, we implemented other means of communication like printed flyers and posters to stress the importance of safety.

Banasiak: We have split up our employees into smaller groups and moved these meeting to open air locations while maintaining a proper distance between employees. In addition, our Operations Managers and Division Managers have become further engaged in street level activities. This allows extra management to be in the field to see our drivers and helpers more frequently on route to communicate the importance of their safety and that of our customers in a one-on-one setting.

Creswell: Having regular conversations about safety is important and the best conversations are dialogs in which employees have the opportunity to participate in the discussion by voicing their concerns, sharing opinions, and talking about the risks and challenges they face. We may not be meeting face-to-face, but I still talk to drivers every day and remind them to stay safe. Today, we are using a variety of communication tools to get our safety messages to employees. Some are old school like posters and printed memos and some of our communication involve group chats and social media.

What were the lessons learned? How will the pandemic change your approach to safety in the future?

Biderman: I spoke with the safety director at a top 10 solid waste company. One of the lessons that they have learned is that many corporate employees don’t need to be in a full-time office to do their job, and that includes safety professionals. I think we will see an expansion of tele-working throughout the U.S. and Canada as a result of the pandemic, in all industries. I wish I had bought stock in Zoom. While it’s premature to state definitively how the pandemic will change the industry’s approach to worker safety, most employers will continue to focus on preventing accidents and injuries. Illnesses are usually a small percentage of a company’s overall “total recordable incident rate,” known as TRIR. It is possible that the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to a larger focus on overall employee health, including return-to-work programs.

 

I think solid waste workers will continue to be concerned about potential exposure to COVID-19 long after current restrictions are lifted. It is essential for employers to repeatedly remind their workers to wear appropriate personal protection equipment (especially gloves), frequently wash their hands, continue to engage in social distancing, and not cut corners on the route or in post-disposal. SWANA recently reported a sharp increase in the number of collection-related fatal incidents—16 of them in the month starting March 15. Notwithstanding the legitimate concerns about COVID-19, solid waste collection is the 5th most dangerous job in the U.S. Employers need to make sure their frontline workers don’t cut corners, and supervisors need to monitor and coach employees. It would be terrific if the current focus on worker safety heralds the start of a significant culture change at companies and local agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada with regard to safety. SWANA would welcome it and provides many resources at swana.org that helps employers implement such a change.

 

Mandel: Jim Olson at Republic, Jeff Martin at Waste Management and I work closely with other industry leaders when it comes to safety. Some of the questions coming out of this crisis are “why didn’t we require hand sanitizer in our trucks before this happened?” and all of us scratched our head about it. We equip our trucks with first aid kits, emergency triangles and tools to help them do their jobs safely, but not hand sanitizer. Active hand washing can provide another level of safety and we all want to continue those practices after this passes. We want to encourage the industry to continue to move in that direction. Every one of our trucks should be equipped with those types of simple hygiene tools. Another point is the voluntary facial coverings—there are times when our people feel more comfortable wearing them. It may not necessarily be a confirmed hazard, but they may feel more comfortable with it on, so we are going to make those more readily available to our people if they choose to use them. Those type of things I see as being continued beyond this current pandemic.

 

Paglia: The lessons learned are ongoing. The pandemic will influence the way we do business not only for remainder of 2020, but on going in our business careers. I’m sure if we see someone in the future wearing a mask in public or forgoing a handshake, it will not be frowned upon. Prior to pandemic, I must admit our safety culture did not stress the importance we are giving today to protect the hygiene of our employees. It was always voluntary. We have always had Lysol wipes in the truck and bottles of sanitizer available upon request. Now we made it standard, installed bottles in every truck, and made it part of the service checklist for our mechanics to check as another fluid level to ensure the trucks are never without sanitizer. I can see us resuming a classroom setting for safety meetings, as a group, as a team just with aspects of social distance still incorporated. I think there will always be attention to spreading everyone out more than pre-pandemic and sanitization of common areas. Like all of us in the industry, we learn from every challenging time and this will be no different. We will implement many of these temporary policies into permanent solutions to protect the safety and well being of our staff and customers.

SOMERSET Waste Partnership has issued a safety warning after a crew member collecting household waste was splashed with a hazardous liquid left in a rubbish bin.

Very fortunately, the crew member from contractor SUEZ is safe as the hazardous liquid only ended up on their uniform during the incident.

A SUEZ colleague said: “This is a really lucky near miss that could have been a lot worse had it made contact with eyes or skin.”

The householder concerned is being visited to remind them of the need for safety when putting out waste.

A spokesman for Somerset Waste Partnership said: “Hazardous materials must never be added to rubbish bins or recycling boxes, where they will put others at risk of harm.

“Residents with any hazardous materials should check the instructions, or contact the manufacturer or retailer, to ensure they follow the advice on disposal.

“In many cases, after making those checks, the materials can be taken – with due care – to recycling sites for disposal.”

Among the items and materials that should never be added to rubbish bins or recycling boxes are garden or garage chemicals, paint, fuel, batteries, asbestos, syringes and knives.

Advice on hazardous waste can be found here: somersetwaste.gov.uk/hazardous-waste.

All 20 Household Waste and Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester are now open seven days a week, marking the end of temporary closures put in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

The recycling centres have been reopened in a phased and managed way to minimise queues, with recycling containers at the centres being available as and when recycling processors opened following the lockdown.

Recycle for Greater Manchester is still urging residents to only visit if it is essential, and social distancing measures will remain in place to keep the sites safe to use for visitors and staff. Two people from the same household are now able to leave their vehicle to carry large items. For information on what items of recycling can be taken to the recycling centres, please visit the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

Councillor Andrew Western, Greater Manchester Green City Region Portfolio Lead, said: “Residents across Greater Manchester have been patient whilst we’ve reopened the recycling centres, and we are now at a point where we can open all 20 recycling centres. I’d like to thank everyone who’s used the centres responsibly during the phased reopening, following the safety measures and traffic management systems in place.

Trafford Council Leader Andrew Western

“By working together, we have been able to safely open the sites and are also now able to accept the majority of household waste. I would like to remind everyone that it is important to follow the social distancing measures in place on site, for both your own safety and that of the staff, as we are still not back to business as usual.”

 

Regulations on transit vans were lifted on Monday 29th June to allow residents with vans to bring household waste to the centres. However, vehicles with trailers are still not permitted to use the recycling centres.

 

The visit limits introduced in February this year remain in place, meaning cars can visit up to 52 times a year, vans under 3.5 tonnes can visit 18 times a year, and vans over 3.5 tonnes can visit 12 times a year. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and CCTV is in place across all sites to monitor vehicle visits.

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The introduction of the access restriction policy in February at all of our 20 household waste recycling centres was in response to continuous illegal use of the sites by traders and businesses.

Altrincham’s Household Waste centre on Woodhouse Lane.

Any traders wanting to dispose of their waste should go to any of the seven weighbridges operated by SUEZ as trade waste isn’t accepted through the recycling centres. A new contactless payment system is being introduced for traders who do not have an account with SUEZ and PPE must be worn at all times.

Residents are urged that if they are having building work done by a trader, the trader is legally responsible for removing the waste. They should factor the cost of this waste removal into their quote and charge you accordingly. Residents should make sure that any traders have a valid waste carrier’s licence and that they provide details of where the waste will be taken for disposal.

Owned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and operated by SUEZ UK, the network of 20 recycling centres provide the opportunity to recycle over 40 different types of waste.

For information on opening times and what you can take to the household waste recycling centres, visit the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

An appeal for information has been launched by the council after a huge heap of rubbish was found dumped near one of the district’s villages.

South Kesteven District Council’s environmental health team and the environment agency are working together during the clean-up operation to secure evidence which it is hoped will lead to the offender.

The picture above was taken at Fulbeck.

Dispose of business or commercial waste

Your responsibilities

You must:

You have extra responsibilities if you’re dealing with hazardous waste.

What counts as business waste

Any waste that comes from a commercial activity is business waste. If you use part of your home to run your business then any waste from that part is business waste.

Business waste also includes any waste that comes from:

  • construction
  • demolition
  • industry
  • agriculture

Check what you need to do in Northern IrelandScotland and Wales.

Disposing of your own waste

You must register as a waste carrier if you want to dispose of your own waste regularly. Apply to register in:

Depending on what you’re doing, you may also need to apply for a waste permit.

Moving waste between countries

You cannot move waste between countries for disposal, for example to send it to landfill. You can usually only import or export waste to recover it, such as using waste to produce energy.

New Earth Solutions (Canford) is to extend its work for Dorset council under a six-year award for residual waste treatment which starts on 1 September 2021.

The new contract will see the continuation of the residual waste work for the council which supersedes arrangements with Dorset county council and Bournemouth borough council which date back to 2007.

Sorting equipment at Canford

Cllr Tony Alford, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said: “We are pleased to award this contract to New Earth Solutions (Canford). This means that Dorset Council waste services can continue to ensure that household waste collected from our residents is managed in an effective way.”

Extension option

The company is part of Beauparc UK which in turn is owned by Ireland’s Beauparc Utility Group. New Earth Solutions, which will have a three-year extension option on the six-year deal, will treat and dispose of the waste for Dorset council starting with processing at the company’s 125,000 tonnes per annum Canford site.

In a significant development, the plan is to send the refused derived fuel produced at Canford from September 2021 to a new energy recovery facility being developed at Bridgwater in Somerset by Iona Capital and Equitix.

Canford

Under the New Earth Solutions award, Dorset will supply around 60,000 tonnes of waste – the rest of the Canford throughput comes mainly from the commercial sector. At the site near Wimborne, waste is treated in a mechanical biological treatment process with some materials, such as metals, reclaimed. A compost-like output is produced from the organic fraction with waste baled for burning as a refuse derived fuel.

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Aerial view of the Canford site

Landfill diversion

New Earth Solutions aid that the primary treatment point at Canford “ensures waste remains within the Dorset boundary, assisting the Authority to achieve its strategic waste management targets and objectives. The site is an existing operational centre with full planning and permitting in place and has a long history of working with local authority partners.”

The company said the bid solution will divert up to 96% of waste from landfill and increase recycling by a further 7.5% over the contract term.  Last year the Dorset Waste Partnership – which then covered much of the Dorset council contract area – reported that of the rubbish collected it was sending 16.8% of its waste to landfill (in Hampshire and Somerset) with 23% going to energy from waste (in Europe with a small amount to an incinerator near Southampton). Recycling stood at almost 60%.

‘Delighted’

The bid team was led by Tim Shapcott, commercial director of Beauparc UK

The bid team was led by Tim Shapcott, commercial director of Beauparc UK. Mr Shapcott said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract with Dorset, the tender was underpinned by a solution to receive the residual waste from over 180,000 kerbside collections before processing at the MBT facility in Canford.

“The RDF will be recovered at the second stage primary treatment facility, Bridgwater Resource Recovery Facility (BRRF) through a fuel supply contract. We look forward to continuing work with our partners at Dorset Council and assisting with the implementation of the authority’s joint municipal waste management strategy.”

Beauparc said that the BRRF’s 110,000 tonnes per annum, R1 accredited recovery facility will enter the commissioning phase in early 2021 and will create 7.7MW supply of energy into the grid.

Beauparc

The Canford site formed part of an acquisition of the New Earth group business by Beauparc Utility Group in 2016.

The Beauparc UK companies include WSR, Mid-UK, AWM and New Earth Solutions.

Beauparc operates in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. Beauparc was established in 1990, and describes itself as having expanded into “one of the UK and Ireland’s leading corporations”. Founded by Ireland’s Eamonn Waters in 1990, a 37.5% stake in the Beauparc Utility Holdings group was sold to the American investment business, Blackstone.

Nursing home waste is not that different from the kind of waste that can build up in your home, but the amount of what develops as well as the increased risk from the inclusion of medical waste mean you leave yourself open to more widescale issues. Our team of experts will walk you through the procedure of disposing of waste safely and efficiently.

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What type of waste does a nursing home produce?

A nursing home can be quite diverse when it comes to waste. Forms of waste include:

Cytotoxic drugs and waste

Used incontinence pads
Medicinal waste from medications
Used needles and sharps
Pharmaceuticals, swabs and wound dressings.
Dental
Food waste
Clinical waste
Cardboard waste
Glass waste
The most common type found in a nursing home is mixed waste. While most waste generated at these facilities is not hazardous, there are stricter rules regarding disposal, especially compared to household waste.

Nursing home waste disposal

All storage and disposal procedures for hazardous materials are set out by a variety of acts, including the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Special Waste Regulation Act 1996 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

Failure to adhere to these proceedings could result in fines and/or prison sentences. And given the duty of care to look after elderly residents
it is vital to dispose of used medications correctly and make sure they are not mixed up with non-expired medications.

You should separate them into a tamper-proof container rather than dispose of them through the sewage system. When it comes to the sharps (needles, syringes or lancets), there is an increased risk of laceration or infection. But there are plastic containers you can buy which are designed to hold sharps and avoid punctures. It should be noted that about 80% of the waste from nursing care homes is made up of Municipal Solid Waste and this can be placed in your typical rubbish bins.

What happens to nursing home and care home waste when it is collected?

The Municipal Solid Waste is taken away alongside all of your other rubbish. The only time you need to be worried about this side of the disposal is if you’ve mixed in any non-MSW into those bins. Pharmaceuticals that have either expired or not been used should ideally be returned to the pharmacy or you will need a specialist collection. As your waste disposal contractor we will be able to give you some guidance on this front.Considering you’re charged with the safety of vulnerable patients, waste disposal should not be a trial and error scenario. But by following these steps and having a structured waste disposal system in place, you won’t have to worry about that.

We are able to help you with any type of specialist waste disposal which might be produced by your nursing or care establishment, including confidential waste which is disposed of responsibly and with all due care.

Gilston Waste Management is committed to helping your business run smoothly and with the minimum of disruption, and without putting a dent in profits.

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