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New hard drive shredder ensures recycling process is safe and secure

Safe & Secure Logistics has boosted the capacity of its WEEE recycling service to pave the way for further growth.

The Slough-headquartered firm has invested in a new hard drive shredder which will enable the confidential destruction team to comfortably – and compliantly – process over 3,000 hard drives per week.

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The UNTHA RS40 shredder has just been delivered to SAS Logistics’ Northampton site and thanks to its ‘plug and play’ technology, it was operational within the hour. But that same technology – plus the machine’s compact footprint – will mean the RS40 can easily be loaded onto a vehicle for additional use as a mobile shredder.

In either scenario, the four-shaft system will produce a homogenous output fraction of 15mm which, coupled with the liberation of materials within the hard drives, will ensure optimum recycling rates.

Commenting on the investment, SAS Logistics’ managing director Lee Spendlove said: “We have established a prominent industry position due to the robustness of our processes from start to finish. To uphold this, we only invest in best-in-class technology, from the fleet we deploy to transport secure materials, through to the machinery we use for processing.

“The market is crowded with shredders we could have used but we opted for the most proven solution, in terms of reliability, throughputs and confidential waste destruction compliance.”

Previously only able to tackle 250 hard drives per day due to the limitations of its previous shredder, SAS Logistics now expects to see growth of 65% within the hard drive recycling side of the business.

“Expansion of this service has been organic to date – we’ve never really pushed it as we knew our capacity was limited,” elaborated Lee. “But we’ve seen UNTHA in action so know exactly what the technology is capable of.

“This is the start of a very exciting time for SAS Logistics. We’ve lots more announcements to come and further services to enhance, so it’s a great case of ‘watch this space’.”

The RS40 has been purchased outright by SAS Logistics, inclusive of an UNTHA service and maintenance package. Whilst predominantly being used by the firm for hard drives, the machine is also capable of handling wider electronic media such as data sticks, mobile phones and video cassettes.

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Valmet to supply a biomass power plant and an automation system to DONG Energy in Denmark

Valmet will supply a biomass power plant to DONG Energy's Asnaes Power Station located in Kalundborg, Denmark. By converting its electricity and heat production from coal to sustainable biomass at the Asnaes Power Station, DONG will take an important step in reducing its CO2 emissions.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order is approximately EUR 80 million. The plant is scheduled to be in commercial operation in late 2019.

"Valmet is very pleased to be part of Denmark's decarbonization program and selected technology partner for DONG Energy. DONG Energy has taken exemplary steps in converting its old coal fired power plants to modern, more sustainable power plants which are 100% powered by renewable fuels," states Kai Mäenpää, Vice President, Energy Sales and Services Operations, Valmet.

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Details about Valmet's delivery

Valmet's delivery consists of a 140 MWth biomass-fired HYBEX power boiler plant featuring bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology. The parameters for the boiler are 50 kg/s, 100 bar and 540°C. Valmet DNA automation system covers the whole plant and includes also information management and safety related systems.

The delivery includes also flue gas treatment consisting of a baghouse filter, combustion air humidification, flue gas condensing, condensate treatment and a stack. Additionally, Valmet will supply associated equipment, complete power plant buildings above the ground as well as complete electrification and instrumentation.

Information about the customer DONG Energy

Headquartered in Denmark, DONG Energy is one of Northern Europe's leading energy groups. It develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms, generates power and heat from its power stations as well as supplies and trades in energy to wholesale, business and residential customers. The group has approximately 5,800 employees and in 2016 generated revenue of DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion).

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Using waste and biomass for gasification can produce low carbon power efficiently, particularly at the town scale – ETI report

A new report published today by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has concluded that using waste and biomass for gasification can produce low carbon power efficiently particularly at the town scale.

The ETI’s latest report “Targeting new and cleaner uses for wastes and biomass using gasification” sets out why it believes the technology could be so important to a future low carbon UK energy system, what the current UK landscape looks like along with analysis of earlier ETI research into waste gasification technologies.

ETI analysis of the UK energy system indicates that bioenergy should be a crucial part of the UK’s future energy mix as it can reduce the cost of meeting the country’s 2050 carbon targets by more than 1% of GDP.

Gasification, which can use a variety of feedstocks, is a key technology for delivering low carbon energy as electricity, heat and power as well as chemicals and other materials. This is because it  converts the energy held within a difficult to use solid fuel into an easier to use gas which we can then go on to use as a building block to make, for example, electricity, hydrogen or jet fuel.

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It is especially useful when operated at a town scale because the waste heat generated can be used in district heat networks to provide heat and power for commercial operations.

Currently, the technology and commercial risks are too high for typical investors and developers.  To accelerate the technology to the point where these risks are more acceptable, the ETI is investing £5m in the construction of a 1.5 MWe waste gasification demonstration project incorporating an engine fuelled by “ultra-clean”, tar free syngas.

The 1.5MWe facility being built in Wednesbury in the West Midlands will produce enough electrical power to supply 2,500 homes and will use gasification technology to produce power at high efficiency and high reliability from sorted and processed municipal waste.

The Wednesbury plant will convert about 40 tonnes a day of post recycling, refuse derived fuel (RDF) produced locally into a clean syngas. The syngas will then be converted into power using a modified high-efficiency gas engine, and waste heat generated from the engine will be made available to heat a local swimming pool.

It will also incorporate a unique test facility which will allow the testing of new engines, turbines and upgrading processes which produce products from waste derived clean syngas including a proprietary methanol production process which boosts product yield significantly over rival technologies

Geraint Evans, ETI Bioenergy Programme Manager and the report’s author said:

“Our analysis work has shown that gasification projects with integrated syngas clean-up have the potential to be competitive with other sources of renewable power, but support will be required to enable their early deployment.

“That is why we are investing £5m in the 1.5MWe gasification project incorporating syngas cleaning and tar removal in the West Midlands to help accelerate the development of the technology, build confidence in it and bring it to market earlier than it otherwise would.

“The plant will be more compact than many other energy from waste designs currently available and this new compact design could be suitable for providing heat and power to factories, hospitals as well as being suitable to integrate with heat networks in towns and cities.”

Further details on the waste gasification plant can be found at http://www.eti.co.uk/news/work-starts-on-eti-backed-innovative-waste-gasification-commercial-demonstration-plant-in-the-west-midlands

The “Targeting new and cleaner uses for wastes and biomass using gasification” report can be found at http://www.eti.co.uk/insights/targeting-new-and-cleaner-uses-for-wastes-and-biomass-using-gasification

About the ETI

The ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government.

The role of the ETI is to act as a conduit between academia, industry and the government to accelerate the development of low carbon technologies. We bring together engineering projects that develop affordable, secure and sustainable technologies to help the UK address its long term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits. We make targeted commercial investments in nine technology programmes across heat, power, transport and the infrastructure that links them.

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Right Guard launches the Uk's first ever gym made from recycled aerosols at queen Elizabeth Olympic park

The community gym has been created using reproduced aluminum from old deodorant and antiperspirant cans

Right Guard has launched the UK's first ever gym made from recycled aerosols. The community gym, which has been donated to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, officially opened to the public this week.

A sustainability initiative in partnership with recycling company, TerraCycle and The Great Outdoor Gym Company, enabled Right Guard to create the gym. TerraCycle and Right Guard set up 50 public drop-off points in communities across the country to collect old deodorant and antiperspirant cans. The Great Outdoor Gym Company then repurposed the aluminum to create premium gym equipment for public use at the iconic London venue.

Over 2,500 deodorant cans were used to construct the gym in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which fitness fanatics can make the most of during the day or night thanks to equipment fitted with electricity generating capabilities. Fixtures such as the spinning bike or cross trainer can light up the central rig meaning that exercise enthusiasts of any ability can compete against one another to produce the most power and illuminate their surroundings. The gym even has mobile phone ports to recharge batteries so that motivational playlists can be used to keep blood and pace pumping. Need an extra ten percent of battery power? Give an extra ten percent of people power.

The gym officially launched this week and was used as a key location for the filming of the Right Guard Challenge on the upcoming series of A League of Their Own. Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp completed strengthening and cardio exercises to get in top condition for an ambitious endeavor that will be revealed when the series returns to Sky1 in the autumn.

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Mark Crane, General Manager of Henkel Beauty Care UK and Ireland said, "Right Guard is always working to improve its sustainability program. The initiative to create the Right Guard AEROCYCLE gym has enabled us to construct an environmentally friendly space from recycled aerosols and also to contribute a long term, valuable resource to the local community around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park"

Chris Baker, General Manager of TerraCycle Europe added: “The opening of this gym is the kind of initiative which gets the public excited about recycling and sustainability. The campaign has boosted awareness of recycling used antiperspirant and deodorant aerosols which are used pre and post exercise and could otherwise have ended up in landfill or being incinerated. Now by repurposing this recycled material the Right Guard AEROCYCLE Gym will provide a lasting legacy for the users of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park"

Georgie Delaney, Managing Director of The Great Outdoor Gym Company (TGO), said: “In close collaboration with Right Guard and TerraCycle, TGO has created a completely unique design in terms of the Right Guard AEROCYCLE Gym, to inspire users of all abilities to get active. We are delighted to have provided the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with a best in class space for all generations to get active together. This partnership with Right Guard and TerraCycle really is a perfect fit with TGO’s mission, to drive up activity and increase wellbeing in sustainable ways.”

The gym is open to the public and can be found in the heart of the south of the Park within sight of some of the iconic venues of London 2012. To find the nearest participating AEROCYCLE Recycling Programme public drop off location simply use the postcode search facility at http://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-UK/brigades/aerocycle.

About Right Guard

Henkel owned leading anti-perspirant and shower gel brand Right Guard offers reliable high performance protection for men & women to feel confident throughout each day. Launched in 1960s Right Guard is a well-known & one of the most trusted deo brands in the UK.

Henkel operates worldwide with leading brands and technologies in three business units:
Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally leading market positions, both in the consumer and in the industrial businesses, with well-known brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel employs about 50,000 people and reported sales of 18.1 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of 2.9 billion euros in fiscal 2015. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX.

About TerraCycle

Founded in 2001, TerraCycle (www.terracycle.com) is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste, operating in 21 countries around the world. TerraCycle works with over one hundred major brands across the globe to collect used packaging and products (baby food pouches, biscuit wrappers, coffee packaging, pens, air fresheners, cigarette waste etc.) that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new eco-friendly materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s recycling programmes, which are free fundraisers that pay schools, charities and non-profits for every piece of waste they collect and return.

TerraCycle launched in the UK in September 2009 (www.terracycle.co.uk).  Currently more than 1,600,000 people across the UK have signed up to collect with TerraCycle, diverted more than38,000,000 million items of packaging waste from landfill to date whilst earning over£535,000 for schools, charities and non-profit organisations

Any interested individuals, schools and organisations can learn more about the programmes or sign up to a recycling programme for free today at www.terracycle.co.uk.

About the Great Outdoor Gym Company (TGO)

The Great Outdoor Gym Company (TGO) is the UK's pioneer of outdoor gyms. For 10 years, TGO have led the field in outdoor gym innovation, now with over 800 sites in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, South America and Australia. The company’s mission is to increase physical activity, improve wellbeing and promote sustainability through their work. All TGO equipment is made in Britain and complies with safety standards and Inclusive Fitness guidelines. TGO’s world-first Green Energy Gyms allow users to generate electricity as they work out, to charge mobile phones, power lights or send back to the grid. TGO enjoy hundreds of partnerships with councils, schools, universities, health partners, employers and housing associations. The company has designed and installed for the United Nations at COP22 in Marrakech, the global climate change conference. TGO also designed and project managed the nationwide adiZone programme, as part of adidas’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic Games. www.tgogc.com

Spread across 560 acres of stunning parklands, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is home to beautifully landscaped gardens, historic waterways, famous sporting venues, a vibrant arts and events programme and the ArcelorMittal Orbit visitor attraction.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opened in April 2014 following the 18 month transformation programme of the London 2012 Olympic Park. It is now home to six former Olympic and Paralympic venues, the Copper Box Arena, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark, London Aquatics Centre and London Stadium where visitors can take part in sport, enjoy watching world class athletes compete or experience concerts or arts and culture events. Visitors can also enjoy a birds-eye view of the Park from the two viewing platforms of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s tallest sculpture, before experiencing an exhilarating ride on The Slide, the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide.

As the new heart of east London, the Park is still transforming and will soon provide future homes, jobs and an unrivalled education and cultural district housing Sadler’s Wells, V&A East, UAL’s London College of Fashion and UCL East.

The London Legacy Development Corporation promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area by maximising the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Final sprint for the 2017 Green Alley Award: the application deadline for green start-ups is 25th July

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European start-ups with a green business idea still have until 25th July to apply for the 2017 Green Alley Award. Innovative ideas for the circular economy, resource conservation, recycling, and chemical handling are welcome. Interested start-ups and eco-entrepreneurs can submit their applications with just a few clicks at www.green-alley-award.com.

We cannot deny the relentless consumption in our society today, the result of which is more than two billion tons of waste generated worldwide each year. That number is alarming and shows how urgently a rethink is needed. New solutions must be found and implemented in order to reduce the amount of waste generated and to recycle better. The enormous consumption of a wide range of materials presents the circular economy with unresolved challenges. That’s where the Green Alley Award comes into play, focussing on innovative ideas and the replacement of outdated methods.

The award offers young start-ups the opportunity to impress with their business model and assert themselves on the market with the help of experts. As it has every year, the 2017 award will focus on a European start-up metropolis with circular economy potential: Dublin. The Irish capital is home to various pioneering tech companies, including Facebook, Google, and eBay. And for good reason, too, Ireland is the gateway to the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the Middle East, serving as a springboard to other countries.

“Anyone familiar with the Irish business scene will quickly realize that Ireland is bubbling over with new ideas,” says Ron Immink, patron of the 2017 Green Alley Awards, start-up coach, and CEO of smallbusinesscan. “I see the Green Alley Award as a great platform for Irish pioneers to effect change in the circular economy. They’re breaking out of outdated structures and at the same time making profits with sustainable business ideas. The circular economy is a fundamental topic that we can’t get around in any life situation these days. And it’s far too important to be left to politics alone.”

With Immink, Green Alley was not only able to mobilise an experienced entrepreneur for the competition, but also an advocate and supporter of the circular economy in Ireland. Among other things, Immink serves as Entrepreneur in Residence for Sustainable Nation, which is part of the Irish government’s IFS 2020 strategy and plans to invest 250 million euros in low-carbon business solutions by 2021.

Together with an international jury of circular economy experts and start-ups, he will evaluate the six most convincing ideas at the Green Alley Award finals in Berlin in early November. Before the finalists present their ideas live onstage, they will receive valuable advice on financing and business development in individual workshops with experts. At the end of the day, whoever wins over the jury in a live pitch will be named winner of the 2017 Green Alley Award and receive a package of cash and non-cash prizes worth up to 30,000 euros.

Detailed information about the competition can be found at www.green-alley-award.com.

About the Green Alley Award

The Green Alley Award is given once a year to entrepreneurs and start-ups of the circular economy, organized by a network of partners in the Circular Economy and European entrepreneurial scene. Green Alley, the initiator, has been working with Seedmatch, Germany’s crowdfunding pioneer, since 2014. Additional partners include the London accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures for technology driven start-ups in environmental and social areas as well as the European Recycling Platform (ERP) Finland, a recycling supplier for electrical and electronic equipment and batteries. This year’s lead partners are H2 Compliance, a global REACH service provider offering full regulatory support as well as R2PI, a Horizon 2020 project.