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What’s important when it comes to sourcing recycling solutions for your organisation?

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In today’s environmentally conscious world, recycling has become more than just a trend; it’s an integral part of responsible business practices. Sourcing a specialist recycling supplier that aligns with your business’s needs is essential for both environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance. Here’s a look at the key considerations…

1. Understanding Your Recycling Needs: Start by assessing the types and volumes of waste your business produces. Knowing what materials you need to recycle, from paper and plastic to e-waste and metals, will help pinpoint the right recycling supplier.

2. Regulatory Compliance: Ensure that the recycling supplier complies with all relevant UK (and EU) regulations. Non-compliance can lead to fines and legal issues, so it’s essential to work with a supplier well-versed in the legal landscape.

3. Technology and Processing Capabilities: Investigate the technology and processing methods used by the supplier. Modern and efficient technologies often mean more effective recycling and better environmental outcomes.

4. Certifications and Accreditations: Look for suppliers with relevant certifications and accreditations, such as ISO 14001, which indicates adherence to international environmental management standards.

5. Customised Solutions: Choose a supplier that offers customised solutions tailored to your specific recycling needs. Flexibility in handling various waste streams can enhance your recycling efforts.

6. Sustainability and Ethical Considerations: Evaluate the supplier’s commitment to sustainability and ethical practices. Transparent sourcing, energy-efficient operations, and a focus on reducing carbon footprints are signs of a responsible supplier.

7. End-to-End Services: Some suppliers offer comprehensive services, including waste collection, sorting, processing, and reporting. Assess what’s included in the service package to ensure it meets your needs.

8. Cost Considerations: Understand the pricing structure and potential hidden costs. While cost shouldn’t be the only factor, balancing quality with budget constraints is essential for a sustainable partnership.

9. Reporting and Transparency: Regular reporting on recycling performance, including metrics and insights, allows you to track progress and demonstrate corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitments. Look for a supplier that offers transparent and detailed reporting.

10. Customer Service and Support: Assess the level of customer service and support provided by the supplier. Responsive and proactive support ensures smoother operations and quicker resolution of any issues.

11. Local or National Footprint: Depending on your business’s size and location, consider whether a local or national supplier best fits your needs. A supplier with a presence near your operations might offer more personalized and prompt service.

12. Reputation and References: Research the supplier’s reputation and ask for references or case studies from other clients. A proven track record in providing effective recycling solutions builds confidence in the partnership.

Sourcing a specialist recycling supplier requires careful evaluation of your specific needs, regulatory compliance, technology, certifications, customisation, sustainability, services, cost, reporting, customer support, location, and reputation.

By thoroughly assessing these factors, you can partner with a supplier that supports your UK business’s recycling goals and broader CSR initiatives.

Are you sourcing recycling services for you organisation? The Energy Management Summit can help!

Waste2Tricity and PowerHouse Energy push solution for plastic waste

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Waste2Tricity (W2T) has signed a binding heads of terms for engineering services with PowerHouse Energy (PHE), giving it exclusive rights to use innovative technology that turns waste plastic into hydrogen, which can be used for transport fuel. 

The company says the technology has potential to not only create a green fuel but to clean up plastic from our oceans.

W2T are the exclusive developer in the UK and South East Asia, including Japan and South Korea for the Powerhouse PLC DMG (distributes modular generation) for Waste plastic to hydrogen and electricity. 

This converts unrecyclable plastic into high-grade hydrogen for use as a transport fuel, whilst also generating power for export by private wire or to the grid.

The technology has been developed by Powerhouse Energy over several years at the University of Chester Energy Centre.  The plastics to hydrogen plant will be located at their 54-acre Protos site near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

Waste2Tricity are fundraising and currently in discussions with large institutional investors and hope to expand across the UK for future projects with a vision for it to be scaled out globally.

John Hall, chairman, Waste2Tricity said: “We are excited to be the exclusive representative for the Powerhouse DMG system in a number of geographical regions particularly in South East Asia, where 90% of Ocean plastic emanates from.  

“Signing this agreement with PowerHouse Energy means this technology will soon be ready for a large scale roll out to eliminate the bulk of ocean plastics and making hydrogen the go-to fuel for the future.”

The next stage of development will focus on switching the technology to allow it to produce hydrogen for use in a distributed hydrogen network as well as syngas production for generating electricity.

The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract is in negotiation and planning application for the development of the plant at Ellesmere Port is expected to be submitted in Spring 2019.

Subject to planning approval the plant could be operational later this year.