Day: 11 July 2005
Chemical firm scoops industry award for impressive efficiency
Increasing productivity by 80% while cutting energy bills by 70% and halving waste might seem like an optimistic MD's fantasy but that is exactly what Solvay did to win the Chemical Industry Association's (CIA) Sustainable Development Award.
Johnston aims for global targets with new launches
Now part of the Bucher Industries group, Johnston returned to CIWM Torbay 2005 with two products, setting the tone for significant developments across the street cleansing scene which are featured in this special LAWE Street Cleansing feature running from pages 22 to 29. Editor Alexander Catto reports.
Piaggio Porter specialist range offers electric option
Piaggio Ltd has introduced the 2005 Porter range of vans and specialist vehicles to the UK market. The versatile and compact Porter range offers customers in both the private and public sectors, a choice of seven models, two chassis, three engines - including electric power, two wheelbases, two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, more than 50 specialist bodywork variations and payload capacities ranging from 560 kg to 1120 kg - depending on model.
Solution installed to cope with success
A scheme to collect household plastic bottles for recycling, in Hyndburn, East Lancashire quickly turned into a headache for Waste Services Manager, Steve Riley when it became increasingly successful. With initial funding from DEFRA to supply and install a small MRF at the Council's recycling centre in Church, Accrington, Hyndburn Borough Council's waste services were able to handle cans, card and plastic. A picking belt and a fully automated sorter/baler for steel and aluminium cans were installed in 2002, along with a vertical baler for card or plastic bottles on the Church site, which also acts as a bulking up station for other recycling items such as glass and paper. Mr Riley explained: "Once we started collecting plastic bottles we quickly realised that the machinery couldn't cope with the massive quantity which was being collected from the public."
Resource efficiency course designed for environmental professionals
Envirowise, IEMA and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), with support from ENWORKS, have developed a new, accredited Resource Efficiency Course for environmental professionals. A course to improve the consistency and level of competence of environmental professionals when undertaking resource efficiency reviews. The course also contributes to the continuing professional development of both IEMA and CIWM members.
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