Islington Council and ReLondon provide cash injections for businesses; Veolia launches new Ecoservices; Lancashire gives the go-ahead for Eden Project North; Sunderland Council open HWRC; PepsiCo trial recycled walkers packaging.
In this month’s roundup, we pull together our pick of the latest environmental news and innovations from the last month.
Islington Council partners with ReLondon to provide cash injection for local small businesses
Circular Online. (01/02/2022)
Islington Council has joined forces with ReLondon to provide cash injections to small and micro-businesses to help them scale up circular approaches to waste.
Offering grants of £5,000 or £10,000, the funding aims to support post-pandemic economic recovery.
Available to 20 businesses, the funding looks to help the recipients to become more circular, increase economic resilience and contribute towards Islington’s net-zero carbon target.
ReLondon will administer the grants and will also supply business advisory support.
A circular economy masterclass is also available for those less acquainted with the notion of a circular economy.
Lancashire grants planning permission for Eden Project North
The Guardian. (31/01/2022)
The northern version of the Eden Project could open as early as 2024 after Lancashire County Council granted planning permission.
Set for construction on Morecambe’s promenade, the domes expect to provide a welcome boost to the town.
The planning permission follows years of development and community consultation and after a £70 million start-up funding request by Eden.
Sunderland City Council opens £5m HWRC
The city council opened the new household waste and recycling centre on the 1st of February.
Based in Pallion, the new facility is five times larger than the facility it replaces.
Offering improved facilities and access, the new site – with fitted solar panels - maintains the council’s green commitment by harvesting rainwater and using low energy lightbulbs.
Operated in partnership with Suez, the new site will feature an online booking system to minimise delays.
It will also open seven days a week, closing only for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Veolia launches new Ecoservices to help businesses manage small volumes of waste that may include hazardous waste
Circular Online. (01/02/2022)
Veolia has launched a new service to help businesses deal with waste.
Aimed at businesses that produce small volumes of waste, the service provides waste treatment and disposal facilities, including hazardous waste.
Before delivering the materials to one of Veolia’s facilities, all items are segregated based on potential hazards.
After this, the materials are transferred for further checks before it passes through treatment, disposal or recycling.
The service covers a wide range of applications, including cleaning products, hospital laboratory waste and manufacturing waste.
PepsiCo to trial recycled packaging for Walkers crisps
PepsiCo is set to trial recycled contents in its Walkers crisp packets later this year.
The move aims to make recycling crisp packets easier and sits alongside PepsiCo Europe’s desire to eliminate virgin fossil-based plastic in its crisp packet packaging by the end of the decade.
Sourcing the material from Amcor, the company said the new packaging – made from “previously used plastic” will be easier to recycle.
The new packaging designs meet the Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX) guidelines.