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  • WEEE Runners

    In April four brave colleagues from Environcom decided to embark on a 30 mile run each - WEEE run was born.

    I'm happy to say that collectively we achieved a massive 189 miles, and only one of us was hospitalised.

    Personally, I explored far more of my local neighbourhood than I had planned, just to keep the miles ticking over, and I have gained a new respect for marathon runners who seemingly put themselves through a world of pain, just for fun.

    Written by Jon Parsons, Chief Financial Officer (Pictured with fellow runners - Mayur Khetia, Adrian Munteanu, and Zoe Whitington)

  • The Secret World of your Rubbish - Channel 5

    Prior to the March Lockdown, Production Company Knickerbockerglory TV visited our Grantham site to shoot a documentary called The Secret World of Your Rubbish: Series 2.

    The film crew spent three days following the entire process of both recycling and re-use items from start to finish, involving various members of our employees in the filming.

    The show was aired on Channel 5, over two episodes, on Thursday 30th July and Thursday 13th August.

    If you didn't manage to see it, you will find it on catch up, via My5.

  • Environcom Appliance drop off point

    Environcom makes it easier to dispose of your electrical waste and help address the issue of fly tipping of electrical appliances and supports the Circular Economy in Grantham

     

    Like many other towns and cities, Grantham’s waste site is only open during restricted times disposing of your electrical waste is therefore sometimes very inconvenient. It also suffers from the plight of fly tipping; waste illegally dumped by criminals to avoid the cost of disposal.  This causes environmental harm as hazardous substances leach into the environment, and creates a clean-up cost, paid for by local residents through council tax.   Environcom is turning this negative into a positive by offering a 24 hour 7 days a week drop off facility at its site in Spittlegate Level, Grantham for domestic electrical items.  Any items dropped off will be examined, repaired and tested by Environcom to see if they can be given a second lease of life through one of its charity partners in the UK.  If not, the appliance will be fully recycled in accordance with the Environmental Legislation and the materials will be put back into manufacturing.

    Cris Stephenson, CEO of Environcom stated “We hope this initiative will be seen by our local residents as a more convenient and environmentally beneficial solution compared to using the local Household Waste Recycling Centre fulfilling their duty of care, and also a credible alternative by those who may be tempted to dump their electronic waste. If it proves successful, we will be able to increase the number of local jobs and deliver a truly circular approach to dealing with electrical waste”

    Environcom will accept all complete domestic electrical equipment free of charge at its site at Spittlegate Level, Grantham, NG31 7UH. Check website for details or call 0844 736 0071

    Environcom will accept whole electrical appliances only, appliances which are missing key components may be rejected.

    Environcom will accept:-

    Fridges / Freezers – (compressor not to be removed)

    Washing Machines / Tumble driers

    Ovens / hobs/ cooker hoods

    Televisions

    Small electrical appliances

    Printers – Please remove ink cartridges

     

    from domestic households. If you are a waste collector, please contact customer services to arrange delivery slots

     

     

  • Introducing our 24 hour Drop-off zone

    We are pleased to be offering local householders a 24 hour, seven days a week drop-off point for their recyclable electrical waste.

    We think it will make it more convenient for residents who want to dispose of their electrical waste during the week because the council's recycling site is only open Friday to Monday during the day.

    The drop-off point will help fight against fly-tipping in the area and, as a result, stop harmful substances leaking into the environment which has to be cleaned up at a cost to residents through council tax.

    Any items dropped off at Environcom will be repaired and tested to see if they can be given a second lease of life through one of its charity partners in the UK. If not, the appliance will be fully recycled in accordance with environmental legislation and the materials will be put back into manufacturing.

    Cris Stephenson, CEO of Environcom, said: “We hope this initiative will be seen by our local residents as a more convenient and environmentally beneficial solution compared to using the local household waste recycling centre fulfilling their duty of care, and also a credible alternative by those who may be tempted to dump their electronic waste. If it proves successful, we will be able to increase the number of local jobs and deliver a truly circular approach to dealing with electrical waste.”

    Environcom says it will accept all complete domestic electrical equipment free of charge at its site at Spittlegate Level. It may reject any appliances that are missing key components.

    Residents can take the following appliances to the drop-off point:

    • Fridges/freezers (compressor not to be removed)
    • Washing machines/tumble dryers
    • Ovens/hobs/cooker hoods
    • Televisions
    • Small electrical appliances
    • Printers (remove ink cartridges)

    How to locate the drop off point.

    After entering the carpark along the front of the Environcom building, please carry on towards the smaller carpark to the left of the grassy area. You'll see a bicycle parking area to your left and beyond that is our new drop off bay. Please press the intercom to alert a representative that you are depositing your recyclables.

  • International Safety Award 2019 - Merit

    Environcom Group Grantham is presented with International Safety Award for protecting its employees from the risk of injury and ill health at work.

    Environcom Group Grantham has won an International Safety Award with Merit from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2018 calendar year.Environcom Group Grantham is one of 248 organisations to win a Merit in the 2019 International Safety Awards.

    Now in their 61st year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations from around the world which have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year.In 2019, 507 organisations won an International Safety Award.   They span all sectors and are drawn from the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 56 organisations were awarded a Distinction, 248 organisations were awarded a Merit and 203 organisations achieved a Pass.

    Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Environcom Group Grantham on their success in winning an International Safety Award 2019 with Merit: “The British Safety Council commends Environcom Group Grantham on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and efforts to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.

    “The vision of the British Safety Council is that no-one should be injured or made ill through work– anywhere in the world. Realising it requires more than legislation; people committed to health and safety, and increasingly also to workplace wellbeing, make it a reality and inspire others to create workplaces that are a key force for good.

    “The long list of winners of the International Safety Awards, demonstrates that an increasing number of companies recognise that sensible and proportionate management of health and safety risks is a business enabler, benefiting employees, organisations and society as a whole.

    By celebrating the achievements of 507 winners of the 2019 International Safety Awards and 61 years of improving health and safety standards around the world, we encourage other organisations to follow their lead and place employees’ health and safety at the heart of their business.”“Our warmest congratulations to Environcom Group Grantham. All of those working at Environcom Group Grantham should be rightly proud of their achievement.”

    Environcom Group CEO Cris Stephenson.

    “As you know we operate in the 2nd most dangerous industry in the UK. We at Environcom want all our employees to go home safe and our collective vigilance and concentration on safety has been recognised by the British Safety Council It is with enormous pleasure and pride that I can announce that we have won an International Safety Award for 2019.

    Congratulations to you all for achieving this accreditation I suspect we will be the only Recycler in the UK to achieve this, so very well done.”

  • Electrical waste redeployment from Lincolnshire RAF Station

    L-R: Karol Lowey - Environcom, Sgt Stewart, Michelle Wass - REPIC, SAC Boddy, Cpl Brown and Richard Brittan - Environcom.

    REPIC, the UK’S largest waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme, recently helped RAF Waddington near Lincoln by disposing over 2 tonnes of personal waste electrical and electronic equipment.

    WEEE regulations require the arrangement for the treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electricals, so that it can be processed at authorised facilities. Being classed as ‘commercial’ waste meant that the RAF were faced with a large collection and disposal cost.

    Waddington’s local council looked for an alternative solution and contacted REPIC, who agreed to collect and arrange for the waste to be recycled for free as a gesture of goodwill towards the RAF. They called on Environcom, the UK's biggest independent recycler of WEEE to collect and treat the waste.

    Sgt Stewart, The Warrant Officers’ & Sergeants’ Mess Manager at RAF Waddington said: “We’re extremely grateful to REPIC for helping us ensure the left behind electricals are collected, so they can be disposed of properly. It’s great to know that there are companies like REPIC who assist organisations like us and to support the responsible recycling of waste.”

    Speaking on the importance of having waste and end-of-life electronic products collected and treated, Mark Burrows Smith, Chief Executive of Repic said: “With mounting environmental pressures, we all need to be more efficient with our resources - the act of recycling everything that we can is a simple and easy way of contributing to the environment. Whenever you’re thinking about what to do with an old, broken or unused electrical item, take a few seconds to question whether it can be reused or recycled and don’t just throw it in the rubbish bin.”

  • Five Star Award for West Midlands Site

    I am delighted to be able to announce that after a very stringent and thorough audit the British Safety Council has judged our West Midlands Site to have achieved the council’s highest award of 5 stars.

     

    Please accept my sincere thanks for you all making this happen and a special thank you to Jason Davies. Our West Midlands site has come on a long way from 2 years ago when we brought it out of its “moth balled” state and began full time operations there again. We have heavily invested in the site and our team there, and this achievement is a fitting recognition of everyone’s hard work and dedication.

     

    As you are all aware the Recycling Industry has the 2nd worst record within the UK for injury and death of its employees, we at Environcom are dedicated to ensuring everyone goes home safely and this accreditation confirms our commitment to this now and going forward.

     

    Best regards

    Cris Stephenson Chief Executive Officer

  • Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit 2018

    Celebrating a five star grading in the British Safety Council Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit.

    Environcom Ltd is pleased to announce it has achieved a five-star grading from its recent Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit conducted by the British Safety Council.

    We underwent a detailed, quantified and objective evaluation of our occupational health and safety management system. The audit measured our performance against a number of key best practice indicators, and achieved the highest available rating.

    The British Safety Council’s Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit provides organisations with a worldwide benchmark of their safety management systems against current best practice to enable continual improvement. The audit specification was revised in 2016 to include five best practice indicators – leadership, stakeholder engagement, risk management, organisational health and safety culture and continual improvement – which are continually assessed throughout the audit process.

    Cris Stephenson, Chief Executive of Environcom Ltd said: “Recycling is the 2nd most dangerous industry after agriculture and at Environcom we are committed to ensuring all of our employees go home safe. Achieving the highest accreditation, with this is very rigorous audit, is proof that we do not just “talk the talk but walk the walk” and confirms our employee’s excellent culture of safety in our workplace.”

  • Wise Bread Article - 4 Questions to Ask Before Buying Refurbished Appliances

    http-www-wisebread-com-4-questions-to-ask-before-buying-refurbished-appliances/

  • The Plastics Issue

     

    As you will all be aware, there is a lot of focus in the news on plastics.  Whether it’s plastics in the oceans as highlighted by David Attenborough, Chinese import restrictions, Single Use Plastic Bans, or deposit schemes for plastic bottles, it’s everywhere.  The reasons are all related, and it comes from the fact that we are not good at making plastic things recyclable.  Plastic is a wonderful invention, first used in mass production in the 1930’s, with an explosion in its use and applications in the 1980’s and 1990’s as High Performance Plastics were developed.  Plastics now provide many different functions, from product strength, flexibility, water resistance, fire retardant, aesthetic appearance.  It seems, whatever the requirement, there is a plastic polymer stream that can deliver the answer, often with many different types of plastic in the same product.

     

    Unfortunately, this complexity makes plastics difficult to recycle.  First of all, you need clean, single polymer stream plastic free from all contaminants.  This is difficult and costly to achieve due to the many different types of plastics out there and the levels of contamination can be very high, particularly from local authority domestic plastics collections.  Then you need the customers with sufficient confidence in your product to purchase it, this takes time and a lot of laboratory testing to ensure the quality meets the customers exacting standards.  Historically, this has been done in China where labour is cheap, the manufacturers are on the doorstep, and where the disposal standards for the separated plastic which cannot be recycled are lower than here in the UK.  This occurred on an enormous industrial scale, leading to huge volumes of discarded plastic polluting the land in China and entering local water-courses and ultimately, our oceans.  China has said “no more”, and I support them.  It’s time we stopped exporting our problems to those less able to deal with it.

     

    We at Environcom took a more proactive step to ensure we were not part of the on-going problem.  After several weeks of research and trials, we identified the densities required to clean and separate the main polymer streams in our WEEE plastics.  Unfortunately, we were using buckets, so throughput was slow but we made progress.  We were soon ready to build our first prototype density separation tank.  Once we had achieved the desired results, we were able to replicate this to create a complete separation process which takes mixed and contaminated plastics, and separates them into clean separated polymer streams.  It looks like we have over-come the first difficulty.  The second, and more challenging difficulty, is gaining the trust in the product from the buyers looking for long term relationships.  Right now, the global plastics market is in turmoil, as the whole world has to adjust to the new plastics horizon.  Cheap “recycling” in China has curtailed serious investment in plastics recycling elsewhere, and many British companies have struggled but failed to survive over the last decade so there is little domestic capacity to process our plastics into the pellets required by manufacturers.

     

    Our pro-activity means we are in a strong position to take advantage of this chaos.  We already have a process, scientific reports, samples dispatched to customers.  Right now we are waiting on our potential customers to confirm their requirements in order to be able to import and use them in manufacture.  This is a complex and time consuming process, but well worth it.  I am proud of our plastics achievements so far, and fully expect them to develop further in 2018.

     

     

     

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