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BUSINESS ZONES WILL TAKE SCOTTISH
RECYCLERS ‘BACK TO SQUARE ONE’
Hamilton Waste & Recycling has joined the Recycling
Association in expressing serious concerns over the Scottish
Government’s plans for Business Waste Collection Zones.
In May, the government said it wanted to pilot contractors com-
peting to undertake all commercial collections within a particu-
lar area, managed by local authorities. A consultation is under
‘Introducing Business Waste Collection Zones have the ability
to kill competitive commercial waste collection services in
Scotland resulting in hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs being
lost,’ says Hamilton’s managing director Robin Stevenson.
‘It will also mean that all the investment being made by busi-
nesses such as ours to process these valuable resources will no
longer be viable.’ He argues this innovation is the foundation of
the circular economy and losing it will see the industry take a
‘huge step’ backwards.
‘Competition between service providers is the single most
important factor in ensuring we provide value for money for
Scottish businesses and means we must continue to develop
and improve our services to seek competitive advantage and
add value. To claim BWCZ could save businesses up to 40% is,
quite frankly, ludicrous.’
The entrepreneur argues the government and industry have
been trying to help businesses recognise environmental and
social value for many years but the proposals ‘seem to take us
back to square one’.
‘We will, of course, engage with the consultation but I would
also welcome immediate and direct communication with the
Scottish Government to discuss the plans in more detail and to
help find an alternative route to the continued development of
commercial waste management in Scotland.
‘In doing so, I am confident we can find a workable solution
that will save jobs, protect investment and help achieve their
ambition of a zero waste society with a circular economy’.’
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GEN 2 CARBON TACKLES AEROSPACE AND
AUTOMOTIVE WASTE DOWN UNDER
UK recycler Gen 2 Carbon has
joined forces with Deakin
University to promote the
development of carbon fibre
recycling in Australia.
The new partnership is part of
Deakin’s multi-million ‘Recycling
and Renewable Energy
Commercialisation Hub’ (REACH)
and builds on its end-to-end
manufacturing capabilities in
renewable energy and recycling.
Gen 2 Carbon’s will share its
expertise in carbon fibre recovery and the conversion into high quality, non-
woven recycled mats.
This work will be undertaken at Deakin’s carbon fibre and composite research
facility in Geelong, Victoria, where feedstock will be processed from a variety of
waste streams throughout Australia. These include a major aerospace manufac-
turer and automotive suppliers.
‘This is a significant development for us; this joint venture with our partners at
Deakin allows us to drive forward the reuse of manufacturing waste to support a
truly circular economy,’ comments Frazer Barnes, chairman and chief technical
officer of Gen 2 Carbon.
‘It will also assist in our expansion of our conversion capabilities and extend our
sales reach in new regions. We anticipate the recycled carbon fibre converted at
Deakin’s Geelong facility will be used predominately for clean energy applica-
Barnes observes that demand for carbon fibres exceeds 100 000 tonnes per
year, driven mostly by growth in commercial aerospace, wind energy and indus-
trial applications such as pressure vessels. He laments that around 30% of mate-
rial is wasted during the manufacturing process.
Meanwhile, the amount of carbon fibre in end-of-life components is expected to
exceed 40 000 tonnes per year within a decade.
REACH is one of eight R&D projects sharing government funds of EUR 230 mil-
‘We are the latest university to be included in this influential programme that
will address Australia’s manufacturing priorities around recycling, clean energy
and greener supply chains,’ adds Julie Owens, deputy vice chancellor at Deakin.
‘We are excited to welcome Gen 2 Carbon on board to be part of the journey.’
NOVELIS KICKS OFF KENTUCKY
ALUMINIUM RECYCLING CENTRE
Novelis has broken
ground at the site of
US$ 365 million (EUR
345 million) recycling
centre to serve the
north American automo-
With an annual casting
capacity of more than
200 000 tonnes of sheet
ingot, the facility at
Guthrie, Kentucky, is being built next to Novelis’
existing automotive finishing plant.
‘This ground-breaking marks a major milestone in
our ongoing commitment to sustainability and
recycling and supports our automotive customers’
carbon reduction targets,’ says Tom Boney, execu-
tive vp and president of Novelis North America.
‘We are proud to build on the rich 40-year history
of our aluminium recycling operations in Kentucky
and look forward to deepening our relationships to
ensure our facility has a lasting, beneficial impact in
The new recycling centre, expected to be opera-
tional in 2024, will house advanced shredding and
sorting technology, as well as energy-efficient inno-
vations to support the company’s sustainability
goal to reduce energy intensity by 10% by 2026
and be net carbon neutral by 2050 or sooner. The
facility is expected to create 140 jobs.
Novelis welcomed nearly 100 attendees to the
event, including Senator Rand Paul. ‘I was thrilled
to be a part of Novelis’ ground-breaking on their
new state-of-the-art facility,’ he said. ‘I look forward
to watching Novelis’ continued success in the
Commonwealth and the economic prosperity it
brings to Guthrie.’
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