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Development of Viridor’s 34 MW Waste to Energy Facility Worth £5.3m to Local Firms in Avonmouth

Taunton-based recycling and waste to energycompany, Viridor, has spent £5.3 million so far with local businesses within 30 miles of the £252 million Resource Recovery Centre in Avonmouth.

The company, a part of the Pennon Group (LSE: PNN) has been working with local contractors including PMS, GAP Hire Solutions, Hanson and B&A on the construction of the Avonmouth energy from waste plant, which will divert 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste away from landfill.

“As part of Viridor’s Resource Recovery Centre construction we have been clear that working with local businesses is at the heart of establishing ourselves as a responsible neighbour,” commented Viridor Managing Director Phil Piddington. “It is not just during the construction phase of these projects that local suppliers can benefit, we will require support throughout the life of the facility.”

According to the company, in line with it and its construction partners commitment to support the local economy, some of the suppliers were sourced directly from Viridor’s ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Bristol last July, attended by more than 30 companies interested in being involved.

Construction on site started in summer 2017 and, when operational, the facility will generate around 34MW, enough electrical power to supply 44,000 homes, the equivalent of a population larger than the city of Bath.

Covanta Environmental Solutions Opens State-of-the-Art Materials Processing Facility in Indianapolis

June 27, 2018

Expands waste processing and environmental services capabilities to better serve customers

INDIANAPOLIS, June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Covanta Environmental Solutions, a leading provider of environmental services across a wide range of industries, has opened a new materials processing facility in Indianapolis to better serve customers with the latest in sustainable

With “Écogeste collèges 2017”, Editions Belin and Veolia will be able to recycle several million obsolete textbooks

For the second consecutive year, Éditions Belin and Veolia are offering the 6,800 middle schools in France a free collection and recycling service for old textbooks.

In 2016, the first “Ecogeste collèges” collected 1,475,000 obsolete textbooks. This year, with the change in language, life and earth sciences, and physics and chemistry

“For a new plastics economy”: Veolia recommends structuring an industrial plastic recycling and recovery sector

On the initiative of Bruno Le Maire, France’s Minister of Economy and Finance, the seminar “For a new plastics economy ” gathered today in Bercy all actors in the sector. Antoine Frérot, Veolia’s Chairman and CEO, presented the Group’s strategy for recycling plastics and its recommendations for a new plastics economy.

The economic and environmental challenges of recycling plastic

It is estimated that half of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic produced in the world between 1950 and 2015 is now in landfill or in the environment. 150 million tonnes of plastic form a “7th continent in the middle of the oceans” which threatens the marine ecosystem. Given that global annual production (330 million tonnes) of plastic will quadruple by 2050, plastic recycling is a major issue.
At present, the plastic recycling rate is only 9% (as against 80% for ferrous metals, 60% for paper, and 50% for glass). With regulations gradually evolving towards recovery and a ban on plastics in landfill, particularly in Europe and Asia, the market for recycled plastics is expected to grow by 7% per year by 2025.
According to Deloitte, achieving a plastic recycling rate of 60% in Europe by 2025 (compared to 15% today) would create 80,000 direct jobs and 120,000 indirect jobs.

Veolia strengthens the plastic circular economy

Currently, Veolia’s turnover is only €200 million in the field of recycled plastic. Our goal is to increase this figure fivefold by 2025. Our Group’s ambition is to structure an industrial recycling and plastic recovery sector and so offer an alternative to virgin materials,” explained Antoine Frérot.

By 2025, Veolia will recycle twice as much plastic as it does today (500,000 tonnes versus 250,000 tonnes), combining organic growth with targeted acquisitions. In France, Veolia already operates 4 plastic processing centres and 89 sorting centres.

Veolia is one of the 89 signatory companies to the French Business Climate Pledge: “French businesses are committed to the climate!”

On the eve of the One Planet Summit initiated by the President of the French Republic, 89 French companies, including Veolia, this morning signed the French Business Climate Pledge. 39 of them had already signed a Climate Manifesto during COP21.

The level of ambition means accelerating our actions

The 89 French signatory companies of the 2017 French Business Climate Pledge affirm the need to collectively change course in order to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) on a planetary scale.
Together, these companies represent 6 million jobs and global revenue of 1,500 billion euros. Between 2016 and 2020 they will commit more than 320 billion euros in funding, research and development and innovation in order to develop low carbon projects.