Monthly Archives: February 2012

Sainsbury’s invests £2m in start-up green energy company -

Sainsbury’s has stepped up its sustainability commitment with a £2m investment in a start-up green energy company, which produces energy from organic waste. The supermarket is one of a number of investors backing the newly formed business, Tamar Energy, with a collective £65m fund. The energy company plans to develop a UK network of more than 40 anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, which will generate 100 megawatts of green electricity over the next five years.


Setting the Gold standard with FORS -

Gold FORS Award

The LondonWaste Transport Team has achieved Gold status in the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).   This unique Transport for London (TfL) scheme aims to transform freight delivery in London and ensures that companies operating vans, lorries or coaches in the capital concentrate commitment to road related health and safety, environmental emission reductions as well as improving transport.  We are thrilled to be the first of eight companies to have achieved the Gold Award.

The process for progression from silver to gold membership involved implementing a robust improvement plan, meeting core objectives as well as continued provision of benchmark data and improvement thresholds. As one of only eight companies to have attained Gold Standard we are proud that our commitment to management systems, policies and procedures are recognised to be of a high standard.

As one of London’s largest recycling and sustainable waste management companies, we are committed to increasing recycling rates and to diverting waste away from landfill. To meet the needs of our diverse range of public and private sector clients we continually invest in new and existing facilities which provide better and sustainable solutions for waste management.

In relation to our vehicle fleet we are rolling out blind spot warning systems and cameras to our vehicles having recently completed equipment trials. Peter Lambert, Logistics Manager, explains

‘FORS membership clearly aligns with our corporate objectives. The EcoPark in North London is a 40 acre site dedicated to managing recyclate and residual waste. Attaining gold FORS was a natural progression for the company. We want to be at a consistently high level and as a company being able to say you’re a gold FORS member is something to strive for and be proud of. It’s about trying to be the best possible in our field.

Vertical Veg -

Mark Ridsdill Smith, the founder of Vertical Veg, discovered how much food can grow on a balcony. He started to experiment on his balcony in 2009 and was surprised by the size of his harvest. He started to record his growing success on his blog Vertical Veg.

Mark has used EcoPark compost on his balcony over the last few years and was keen to visit our Compost Centre and see first-hand how our compost is produced.  Since his visit in February he has written an article named Municipal Compost: your questions answered.

LondonWaste invest in new Material Recycling Facility (MRF) -

LondonWaste are committed to increasing recycling rates and to diverting waste away from landfill. To meet the needs of our diverse range of public and private sector clients, we are investing £500k to deliver a new facility which will provide better solutions for recycling.

The new MRF will use a range of different technologies including screens, conveyors, magnets and an “air knife” (air knife is a tool used to blow off liquid or debris from products as they travel on conveyors) to economically recover a range of materials from mixed residual waste – waste which would otherwise end up in landfill. 

With landfill tax increasing to £64 per tonne in April 2012, this proven technology will enable more materials to be recycled and ensure we continue to offer the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective service to our customers.

Bin fines to be scrapped -

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has outlined new plans to scrap the fines which can currently be imposed on households guilty of over-filling or misusing their bins.   The plans could have seen councils imposing ‘bin fines’ of up to £1,000 on households.  The consultation ends in March and commenting, Environment Secretary Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, commented on the consultation noting, ‘We want to see people helping us to boost recycling rates by putting out their rubbish correctly, but bullying them with fines is not the way to do it. This consultation will mean that only those causing real problems for their community will get punished’. The consultation closes on 9th March 2012.

Hackney launches food waste recycling campaign -

Hackney’s food waste, along with the rest of the borough’s household waste, is collected by waste contractor May Gurney. Residents have weekly collections of food waste, dry recyclables and garden waste. The recyclables are collected in a green box and are separated at the kerbside. Residual waste is also collected weekly.

 Once collected the food waste is taken to LondonWaste’s EcoPark in Edmonton, North London, where it is processed in an in-vessel composting facility for 12-weeks. The resulting product is PAS100 quality compost.

NLWA energy procurement advances to final tenders -

The North London Waste Authority announces the shortlist of bidders who will be invited to submit final tenders on its waste services and fuel use procurements.

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has today announced the shortlist of bidders who will be invited to submit final tenders on its waste services and fuel use procurements. The bidders are:

Waste Services:

  • FCC/ Skanska
  • Veolia

Fuel Use:

  • E.On / Wheelabrator
  • Veolia

Read more here




Join the Big Dig: Saturday 17th March -

Big Dig is a volunteering event that aims to encourage Londoners to get their hands dirty at their local community growing space.

Capital Growth is hoping to mobilise thousands of volunteers across London to help community food-growing spaces prepare for the new growing season. Volunteers will only be required to help for one day but we hope some will choose to stay involved throughout the growing season.

To register apply now