UK Business Briefs: waste, groundwater, pipes and monitoring

In this week’s UK Business Briefs, recycling makes the New Year’s Honours List; a new 25-year contract for waste management in East London; a contract to build a research vessel; plastic piping for the Moray coast; and funding for groundwater research.


Jane Stephenson, Executive Director of the Recycling Consortium in Bristol and Chair of the national charity Waste Watch, has been named in the New Year’s Honours List. She receives an MBE for services to community recycling.

There has been a green light for a green revolution in East London, with the East London Waste Authority and Shanks Waste Services Limited signing a 25-year waste management contract for waste disposal and recycling. Recycling of household waste across the ELWA area will be increased to at least 25% by the end of 2006, rising to 33% by 2016, says Shanks.

In Scotland, Fife boatyard, Miller Methill, has won a £1.8 million contract to build the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency’s new survey vessel. The new boat will replace SEPA’s aging fiberglass survey vessel, the Endrick II, one of two vessels that SEPA currently operates around the coastlines of Scotland, and will extend the range of SEPA’s operation to all parts of Scotland.

Still in Scotland, Wavin Plastics has announced that its pipes have been used in the Moray coast wastewater project. The company provided 315mm and 250mm of Apollo, Bi-axial Orientated PVC-O pressure pipe in black.

Biffaward has announced that it is ‘pouring’ funding into groundwater research. A research and development project into the impact of landfill sites on the subsurface environment has received over £15,000 from the organisation.

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