EQUINOX RECYCLING APPOINTS PAUL WILLSON AS SALES MANAGER

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Willson as Sales Manager for Equinox Recycling Ltd.

Paul first began his career with Equinox Recycling in September 2015, where he worked as an HGV Class 2 Driver and was responsible for the emptying and delivering of wheeled bins and REL skips. During that time, he demonstrated a keen work ethic and full commitment to providing the highest level of service to our customers.

Paul now takes responsibility for sales and marketing, a role that will see him enhancing and further developing the company’s existing relationships with customers, while identifying new business opportunities and ensuring that marketing activity continues to drive new sales.

Andy Gibbons, Managing Director at Equinox Recycling said: “Paul has certainly earned his laurels and has always been an extremely capable member of the Equinox team so we are very pleased to see him take up this role.

Paul’s new responsibilities will include identifying new business opportunities and working with me to develop sales strategies. He will also spend time building relationships with new and existing clients and key accounts to ensure that we always provide the very best service for our customers. 

Paul Willson said: I am delighted with the promotion, which is a new challenge and a great opportunity for me to use the skills and knowledge that I have built up during my time with Equinox Recycling. My transition to Sales Manager is going really well and I’m looking forward to continuing to progress during an exciting time for the company.”

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Paul and wish him the best of luck for his new role. We have every confidence that he will settle in quickly and do Equinox Recycling proud.

2016 // OUR YEAR IN REVIEW

2016 was an incredibly exciting year for us here at Equinox Recycling, so we’re kicking off 2017 by looking look back on 2016 and reflecting on the progress our business has made over the last year.

Read on to find out about some of our successes and achievements in the past 12 months.

Equinox Recycling was featured in an issue of “Weighty Matters”, the Vehicle Weighing Solutions newsletter, as part of the launch for their VWS PurGo software. As a company, we having been using PurGo to streamline our operations since late 2015 and so were more than happy to share our views and experience of the IT system.

PurGo

We were appointed as the waste management provider for Grapes Direct Ltd, supplying compactor bins and wheeled bins for dry mixed recyclables and general waste.

Equinox supported the Big Day Out Festival at Mote Park in Maidstone by providing 100 general waste wheeled bins to cover the 2-day event. But it turned out that our bins were needed for far more than just the collection of waste…they were utilised as make-shift shelters as well!

Big Day Out Festival

We were appointed by Lenham Storage as the waste management provider for their site at Lenham, Kent.

A new Leyland Daf Dustcart was added to the fleet and we bid a fond farewell to our Scania dustcart, which was the only vehicle to have been with us since our humble beginning in 2012.

Equinox Recycling Dustcart

Equinox Recycling donated an 1100ltr wheelie bin to Marden Russets Hockey Club for use at the club’s astroturf pitch and clubhouse throughout the 2016/17 season.

Marden Russets Hockey Club

As the sole waste provider for Elite Pubs – who have a portfolio of seven pubs across Kent and Sussex – the management team at Equinox enjoyed a complimentary dinner at the newly-opened Potting Shed in Langley.

Looking ahead

Moving forward into 2017, we hope to achieve an equal amount of success. As a company, we are constantly growing and striving to provide the best possible service to our customers, so will continue to invest in vehicles, services, training and employees that enable us to achieve and maintain current high standards. 

On a final note, Equinox Recycling would just like to thank our partners, customers and staff members for making 2016 an exciting year.

EQUINOX INCREASES OPERATIONAL HOURS IN LINE WITH CUSTOMER DEMAND

Over the last 12 months, Equinox Recycling has enjoyed a period of remarkable growth, which has led to a growing number of customers. As always, we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service, so in order to maintain our high standards, we have increased our operational hours in line with customer demand.

Equinox Recycling Dustcart

The move has seen our dustcart drivers split into two shift patterns, with the morning team starting at 4am and the evening team taking over in the afternoon and working until 10pm. Not only has this change enabled us to improve the level of service we provide our customers, but we have also been able to maximise operational capacity and increase the number of wheelie bin and REL lifts we can complete in a day.

Andy Gibbons, Managing Director at Equinox Recycling said: “As our customer base grows, so must the business, so the decision to increase our operational hours was an obvious one. The move has been received well and has allowed us to increase operations and maximise output, while retaining our high standards and level of service.

HOW EQUINOX RECYCLING CAN HELP YOU

Equinox Recycling is a privately owned company operating a waste and recycling collection service that caters for all sizes of business establishments in Kent. Collectively we have a wealth of knowledge and experience built up from many years working within the industry and that allows our staff to develop tailored solutions for each individual customer.

Our aim is to collect and dispose of your waste in the most economical and environmentally friendly way. We are firmly focussed on diverting waste that can be recycled from landfill and disposing of residual waste at destinations such as Energy from Waste to achieve zero waste to landfill.

We are able to provide a fully comprehensive range of waste management and recycling solutions for all businesses. Using a range of vehicles including trade waste (rubbish sacks & wheeled containers), rear end loaders, skip and Roll On Roll Off, Equinox Recycling operate throughout the South East of England.

Please call us on 01732 355865 or use the contact form on our website to discuss your requirements and needs with one of our friendly and experienced sales advisors.

TESCO AND SAINSBURY’S BAN PLASTIC COTTON BUDS IN A BID TO CUT WASTE

Two of the UK’s largest supermarkets have announced plans to ban the sale of cotton buds with plastic stems in a bid to cut waste and reduce plastic pollution in rivers and seas.

 

Both Tesco and Sainsbury’s have committed to replacing the plastic stems with biodegradable paper ones by the end of 2017 in their own brand products.

 

Other major companies, including Morrisons, Asda and Boots, are currently considering a plastic ban, while Waitrose, the Co-operative and Johnson & Johnson have already committed to paper stems. The move follows a growing campaign “Switch The Stick” that now has in excess of 142,000 backers.

 

Plastic cotton bud stems are the number one item of plastic, sewage-related debris on UK beaches and rivers. Small plastic items can be particularly detrimental to marine life as animals confuse them with food. Plastic is found in the stomachs of Loggerhead Turtles, Seabirds and many species of caught fish, so humans eating seafood can also ingest the plastic.

Plastic bags found on UK beaches by the Marine Conservation Society’s annual beach clean fell by more than half in 2016, after a 5p charge was levied on the bags by the government. Ministers have also said they will ban plastic microbeads in toiletries, which also wash into the oceans.

Natalie Fee, founder of the City to Sea campaign to cut plastic pollution, said: “We’re delighted with the announcements to ‘switch the stick’ from plastic to paper stem buds. Whilst they still shouldn’t be flushed, this move will stop millions of plastic stems ending up in the marine environment each year and is a huge win in the fight against marine plastic pollution.”

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “We have been working hard to improve this product. Our new cotton buds, with 100% biodegradable stems, will be available before the end of 2017.”

A Tesco’s spokesman said: “We’re committed to ensuring all of our own label cotton bud products will be made with paper stems, and will do this by the end of 2017.”

“These are great commitments from Tesco and Sainsbury’s, but we’d like to see much more prominent ‘don’t flush’ labelling on cotton bud sticks,” said Emma Cunningham at the Marine Conservation Society. “We found over 23 [plastic] cotton bud sticks on every 100m of beaches we cleaned in September. The message is clear: only pee, poo and paper should go down the loo.”

LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE CRACKING DOWN ON FLY-TIPPERS

Local authorities in England and Wales are using new powers to seize and crush vehicles used for the illegal dumping of waste in a bid to crackdown on fly-tippers.

 

Councils are also calling for a legal loophole – which means enforcement officers have to give some fly-tippers seven days written warning before inspecting them and seizing evidence – to be closed immediately to help them tackle the growing problem.

 

The zero-tolerance approach comes as fly-tippers are becoming increasingly brazen with some operators even dumping waste next to ‘no fly-tipping’ signs. Local authorities are also reporting a significant rise in the number of cold callers approaching homeowners and offering to dispose of unwanted household items such as large kitchen appliances, furniture and mattresses in exchange for cash. All of which is then dumped illegally.

 

UK householders are being warned to be vigilant over the Christmas and new Year period and only use reputable companies who can prove they dispose of rubbish responsibly. Residents should always ask to see a copy of their waste carrier registration details and obtain a waste transfer note as proof of the transfer or rubbish to an authorized person/company.

 

The call comes as the cost of clearing up fly-tipping in England has hit nearly £50m, with councils having to deal with almost 900,000 incidents every 12 months. Latest figures show the number of recorded incidents rose by almost 6% for 2014/15 compared with 2013/14, while the clear-up costs increased by 11%. Councils are carrying out over half a million enforcement actions every year, costing local taxpayers almost £18m.

 

The Local Government Association has long called for the system for tackling unscrupulous fly-tippers to be overhauled. It successfully campaigned for councils to be able to issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices by council enforcement officers to help tackle small-scale fly-tipping, like dumping items such as pieces of broken furniture, old televisions and mattresses.

 

These new powers, which were introduced in May, allow councils to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £400 for fly-tippers.

 

Cllr Martin Tett, Environment Spokesman for Local Government Association said: Councils are taking a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping and this means using every power at their disposal – including seizing and destroying vehicles used by the dumpers. At a time when councils face difficult choices about services in light of reducing budgets, they are having to spend a vast amount each year on tackling litter and fly-tipping. This is money that would be better spent on vital services such as filling potholes and caring for the elderly. Litter and fly-tipping is environmental vandalism – it’s unpleasant, unnecessary and unacceptable.”

 

He added: “The Government has responded to our call for councils to be able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for small scale fly-tipping – and this is a big step in the right direction. Councils also need a faster and more effective legal system which means fly-tippers are given hard-hitting fines for more serious offences. Local authorities should also be able to recoup all prosecution costs, rather than be left out of pocket.

 

“Councils use enforcement powers proportionately and take a range of different approaches to raise awareness and change culture. This includes providing advice and encouraging residents to report incidents and businesses to keep areas next to their premises clean and clear of litter and mess that can attract dumping.”

Carbon Trust Launches Zero Waste To Landfill Certification

The Carbon Trust has launched a new certification for companies that achieve zero waste to landfill.

 

The Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill recognizes an organisation’s achievements in reducing its environmental impact through actively diverting its non-hazardous waste streams from landfill by reducing waste, reusing materials, increasing recycling or sending waste to energy recovery.

 

Its intent is to provide a framework for verifying zero waste to landfill claims, which aligns with the existing Carbon Trust Standard for Waste. This supports organisations that desire independent and credible recognition of their achievements in improved waste management.

 

The Carbon Trust certifies organisations that achieve year-on-year reductions to their environmental impact, using framework to improve sustainability and efficiency in resource management.

 

Achieving zero waste to landfill is no mean feat, but It can produce tangible savings through better use of resources and reduced landfill costs. It also demonstrates their commitment to becoming a more sustainable company.

 

The zero-waste-to-landfill certification is the latest expansion of The Carbon Trust’s work to drive a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. More recently, TheCarbon Trust has also upped its work on promoting an increased awareness of food labelling. A survey by YouGov and the Carbon Trust found that there are now big opportunities for green-labelled products, services and brands to serve an increasingly environmentally-concerned populace.

 

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANY WITH GREEN CREDENTIALS?

 

Equinox Recycling is firmly focused on diverting waste that can be recycled from landfill and disposing of any residual waste at alternative disposal routes such as Energy from Waste to achieve zero waste to landfill.

 

Our aim is to collect and dispose of your waste in the most economical and environmentally friendly way.

 

Collectively we have a wealth of knowledge and experience built up from many years working within the waste management industry. That in-depth knowledge allows our staff to develop tailored solutions for each individual client.

 

Call our friendly sales team today on 01732 355865 to discuss your requirements.

Only One Third Of All Plastic Packaging Is Being Recycled

According to new research, only one third of all plastic packaging used for consumer products is recycled each year, with the remaining two thirds being sent to landfill or incineration.

Only 500,000 tonnes of the 1.5m tonnes of recyclable plastic waste manufactured every year is being recycled as intended, according to the figures compiled by The Co-op from the Recoup UK Household Plastics Collection survey.

Recycling groups say the problems lie with a lack of consumer knowledge about which packaging can be recycled, as well as the lack of provision of recycling services by local authorities.

Consumers were most diligent with recycling plastic bottles, with people recycling 7.5b out of 13b (57%) plastic bottles used by UK households each year. However, only about 30% of all plastic pots, tubs and trays were recycled.

The worst offender was plastic film products, which include carrier bags, pasta and rice bags, and the film on ready meals, only about 3% of which were believed to be recycled in 2015. This is largely due to the fact that just 80 Local Authorities around the country (20%) provide a recycling service for the collection of these materials.

The Co-op has launched an ambition to have 80% of all its packaging recyclable by 2020 and is calling on other retailers to follow its lead on developing new packaging and working with local authorities to improve recycling levels.

Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager at Co-op, said: “It is shocking that such a small percentage of plastic packaging is being recycled, especially materials that are already easy to recycle like plastic bottles.  We are concerned that so much still goes to landfill every year. We need to stop thinking about this plastic as a waste and start to use it as a resource. What is needed is a co-ordinated response to the problem. This should start with retailers and major brands listening to recyclers and developing packaging that is better for recycling”.

He added: “Our long term ambition is for ALL packaging to be recycled where it can be, and we are making a bold start by setting a target that, by 2020, 80% of our products will have packaging that is easy to recycle.”

The Co-op says it has already re-designed and simplified plastic packaging to make it easier for consumers to recycle and is working with local authorities to share best practice. It is now calling on other retailers to follow suit by developing new packaging to improve recyclability.

The Co-op has also called for the introduction of clear labelling to differentiate items that recyclers can’t use to make it easier for consumers and recyclers.

Equinox Recycling Supports Marden Russets Hockey Club

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At Equinox Recycling, we believe we have an important role to play in supporting local communities, as well as the environment. We actively get involved in local causes that are important to us and have recently extended our support to Marden Russets Hockey Club.

Although our main depot is based in Tonbridge, Marden is where our humble journey began – and is still home to our head office today – so we are really pleased to be supporting a club which offers opportunities for both personal development and teamwork within the local community.

Marden Russets is a village-based club, offering hockey to a wide range of ages and abilities. From October through to March, they field 5 men’s teams, 2 ladies’ teams and a vibrant junior section which educates children across age groups ranging from U8 to U16, with regular competitions from U12 upwards.

Equinox Recycling has donated an 1100ltr wheelie bin to Marden Russets for use at the club’s astroturf pitch and clubhouse throughout the 2016/17 season.

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LATEST NEWS FOR MARDEN RUSSETS

Russets’ senior teams continue to have a good season on the pitch, with the Men’s 1st XI and Ladies’ 2nd XI both leading their respective divisions, and the other teams clear of relegation danger.

 

On Saturday 19th November, the Men’s 1st XI comfortably swept aside Canterbury’s 4s to retain their 4 point lead – next week’s game at their nearest rivals, Burnt Ash, promises to be a cracker.

 

The Men’s 2nd XI were awarded a 5-0 walkover, as Ashford belatedly conceded the game, whilst the 4th XI were frozen off – a frustration for Paul Hamlyn & the team captains, as this was the best availability we’d had all season.

 

With both clubs’ 2nd XIs having no fixture, the 3rd XI’s local derby with Sutton Valence 3s saw two very strong sides battle out a 2-2 draw, Russets equalising late on from a penalty corner.

 

The Ladies’ 1st XI returned to winning ways, with a narrow victory over Sevenoaks, and the 2nd XI suffered their first defeat of the season at Burnt Ash – hopefully there’s not a pattern there!

 

 

We wish Marden Russets Hockey Club all the best for the 2016/17 season.

Ashford Borough Council Warns Residents Over Contaminated Waste

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Ashford Borough Council is cracking down on contaminated waste and has warned residents that recycling bins will not be collected if incorrect items are placed inside.

A similar crackdown last year saw residents make significant improvements to their recycling habits, but standards have reportedly slipped and a substantial number of waste loads are being rejected due to contaminated waste.

A spokesman for Ashford Borough Council said: “Once again we are cracking down on contamination by encouraging residents to recycle smart to ensure their bins are collected. We are working closely with Biffa to ensure that the recycling collected is of the highest quality, but we need our residents to help us achieve this. Biffa staff will now be checking what is being placed in recycling bins to try and ensure that the loads collected are clean and can be recycled.”

This latest crackdown will see waste collection operatives on the lookout for items incorrectly placed in recycling bins such as carrier bags, dark plastic food trays, sanitary waste and garden items. If they find an unrecyclable item in a bin, then the crew will not collect it for that week and residents will be advised to take their waste to the KCC Household Waste Recycling Centre for disposal instead.

A single unrecyclable item can potentially contaminate a whole load, which could represent as many as 500 households that have carefully separated the right materials for recycling.

Every waste load rejected at the recycling plant costs both Ashford Borough Council, as waste contractors, and Kent County Council, as waste disposal. The cost for every truck load of waste rejected at the recycling plant is £14,000.

Cllr Clair Bell, Portfolio Holder for Public Interaction and Borough Presentation said: “We do appreciate that understanding which plastics are recyclable can be confusing. However, earlier this year we sent out a leaflet with top tips on recycling so it’s certainly worth residents referring to their copy.”

She added: “New EU regulations on what can and cannot be recycled mean we have been encouraging everyone to ‘recycle smart’ to reduce the amount of contamination found in our waste loads. Our Biffa crew have always checked the quality of recycling materials they are collecting, but due to recent loads being rejected at the recycling plant, now we are having to be stricter.”

The main items collection crews will be looking for are sanitary waste (nappies, sanitary towels, tampons, wipes), plastic carrier bags, black sacks and soft plastics like crisp packets and sweet wrappers.

Any residents who are unsure whether a particular item can be recycled are being urged to use their ‘Wheel of waste’ tool or visit the Ashford Borough Council website www.ashford.gov.uk/waste.

Tunbridge Wells HWRC Remains Closed After Fire

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Tunbridge Wells (North Farm) Household Waste Recycling Centre remains closed after a fire broke out in its bulky waste bay last week.

 

Gigantic flames ripped through the building on the morning of 22nd October, where three fire engines battled to put out a 200 square metre area of burning carpets and mattresses. Kent Fire and Rescue Service used positive pressure ventilation fans and a mechanical digger to create a break and prevent further spread.

 

Due to towering plumes of thick dark smoke, Dowding Way was closed to traffic for several hours and pedestrian access was reduced, while nearby residents and businesses were advised to keep windows and doors shut.

 

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said the fire had started because of spontaneous combustion and strongly ruled out any suggestion the fire had been started by a cigarette, as some had speculated on social media.

 

KCC added: “There is no smoking permitted within the public areas. Smoking is permitted within a designated area by the staff welfare facilities away from the Transfer Station and the Household Waste Recycling Centre. There is no suggestion, nor evidence, that operatives smoke outside of this designated area.”

 

 

Firefighters were able to get the inferno under control just after 3pm but the household waste recycling centre remains closed while Kent County Council undertakes structural surveys to establish the extent of the fire damage.

 

A spokesman for Kent County Council said: “A full structural survey is being carried out. If the survey is good our aim is to take remedial actions to make the site and operation safe. This will allow for a partial re-opening, but timescales are not known at the moment.”

 

Members of the public are being advised to use Sevenoaks HWRC in the meantime.

 

The North Farm facility is also used as a transfer station by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council waste collection vehicles, and contingency arrangements have been made while the surveys take place.

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