The updated Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice for England is much shorter than the previous version (16 pages, was 57 pages) in an attempt to make it easier to understand.
We were delighted to receive this unique plaque recognising our contributions to Community Foundation for Calderdale at their 25th anniversary presentations last night. Thank you.
Pennine-Pack Ltd has donated over £12,000 to the Community Foundation over the last seven years. The kerbside Fund that supports employment and environmental causes has been the main recipient, but following the 2015 Boxing Day Floods Pennine-Pack made a donation through the Community Foundation to Project Colt to help them to replace their vehicles and this year we have supported the Watermark fund with 1% of our management fees from 2016.
After the 2015 Boxing Day floods, the Community Foundation raised over £1.5 million from businesses and the community. This has been match funded by the Government to give a pot of over £3million to help Calderdale residents and businesses to get back on their feet. It is unlikely that this could be matched again, so the Community Foundation’s Watermark Fund will be particularly to Calderdale as it is collecting funds in preparation for any future floods.
From 1st September 2016 the operation of Investors in the Environment (iiE) Yorkshire and Humber region has been taken over by our sister brand, The Green Business Network.
The Green Business Network is an Environmental Consultancy based in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. Our parent company, Pennine-Pack Ltd, was the first businesses accredited to iiE in Yorkshire. From the start we have believed iiE to be a fantastic option for businesses seeking to improve their environmental performance and gain recognition and accreditation at a reasonable cost. All the other alternatives that we considered were simply too expensive or too time consuming to support for a small business like ours. iiE gave us everything we were looking for in an Environmental accreditation scheme.
While working towards the iiE accreditation Pennine-Pack realised that there were huge third party emissions associated with recycling waste packaging in China. This prompted us to set up a ‘low carbon’ option for our customers known as Ethical Compliance. This initiative was recognised in the Supply Chain category of the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016 for our work to promote British recycling and reducing our third party carbon emissions.
When the Yorkshire and Humber franchise became available we decided to step into the breach so that this excellent scheme can continue to grow and to give our fellow businesses in Yorkshire the chance to benefit as we have.
iiE Yorkshire and Humber will be run by Becky Taylor and John Mooney, two skilled and competent Environmental professionals with extensive experience in a range of industries, spanning over 50 years between them.
Becky has worked as a Quality and Environment Engineer and Lead Auditor and Systems Audit Manager for companies in the electrical and textiles industries where her practical ‘can-do’ approach ensures key objectives can be consistently met. Becky is also an accomplished Uilleann piper & multi-instrumentalist who has played to some amazing audiences in amazing settings!
John began his career as a metallurgist and has worked as a Quality and Health and Safety Engineer in manufacturing businesses making products ranging from car parts to carpets. While working for Interface UK he made the move into the Environmental arena, setting up the UK’s first commercial carpet reuse project as a partnership with local charity Pennine Magpie. John has also worked for a local authority providing environmental support for SMEs before setting up Pennine-Pack Ltd, which provides environmental expertise to businesses, specialising in ‘packaging tax’.
We will be introducing ourselves to members over the next couple of months, and are busy setting up events to assist new members working towards their first accreditation as well as providing help, support and recognition to the efforts of those already accredited and more established within the scheme.
We look forward to meeting you all soon!
Becky and John
The Green Business Network
15 Hebden Bridge Town Hall
St Georges Street
Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY
T 01422 417 371
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Press Release 27 May 2016
Pennine Pack are delighted to have been awarded runner up in the Supply Chain category in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016. The Yorkshire based company was chosen for its approach in offering customers a low carbon option whilst actively supporting the UK recycling industry.
John Mooney, Director of Pennine Pack, commented that “we are not only thrilled and extremely honoured to have been runner up in this award, but are also slightly surprised due to scale of some of the other organisations.” He went onto say “we’re a micro business based in Hebden Bridge and set out through Ethical Compliance to implement small changes in the way we could reduce our environmental impact. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that every business can find at least one similar opportunity to reduce their carbon impact.”
The Ethical Compliance packaging compliance scheme is committed to sourcing all PRNs (recycling certificates) from British recyclers. This reduces the impact of the supply chain for our customers by reducing CO2 from transport, and ensures best practice employment conditions. By encouraging UK recycling, as opposed to exporting packaging waste, Pennine Pack hope to give their customers a more predictable and stable cost base, as well as doing the right thing for the environment.
When organisations are faced with dealing with packaging, and other, forms of waste, it’s often the easier and cheaper to send it overseas. However, the Ethical Compliance scheme encourages demand for PRN’s from UK recyclers thereby making them more competitive. John added ‘It is only by increasing awareness of the options available and supporting the UK recycling industry that demand will increase, costs and carbon footprint to end of life will reduce, and therefore businesses will do the right thing’
About Pennine Pack
Pennine Pack Ltd operates the ‘Ethical Compliance’ packaging compliance scheme and is committed to provide a more responsible packaging compliance to its members by sourcing all PRNs (Recycling certificates known as packaging recovery notes) from British recyclers. This promotes British recycling, ensures that those employed to recycle our share of packaging waste enjoy satisfactory standards of employment, and minimises the ‘Carbon Footprint’ of recycling because the waste does not need to be transported long distances to be recycled. Pennine Pack has been operating packaging compliance schemes since 1997.
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Pennine-Pack was lucky enough to escape the December floods but I consider it a privilege to have seen the way the community has pulled together to help each other and to be part of it. Now that the water has subsided and some businesses have reopened it is easy to forget that many people are still living ‘upstairs’ until their homes are refurbished. Behind closed doors, they are working away to get things back to ‘normal’. For some people, normal will never be the same because homeowners with houses built after 2009 and all businesses are not entitled to use the Government FloodRE insurance scheme.
In Calderdale, a small group has worked together to create Floodsave a self insurance scheme where a business that can not get insurance, or homeowner with a house built after 2009 can make payments via the Calderdale Credit Union where the first £1,000 of savings are being match funded by the Community Foundation for Calderdale against the unthinkable happening again. If we are flooded again, the savings plus match funding and any interest will be waiting for the business / homeowner to spend to put things right.
The ‘Watermark’ campaign was invented in Australia, by Bunderberg Rum. In 2010/2011, 75% of the Australian state of Queensland was flooded. Bunderberg were also flooded, but as soon as they got back on their feet, they launched a special edition watermark branded rum where some of the prodeeds from the sale of each bottle were donated to flood victims. The brand was a success and the first batch sold out within one week.
If the floods were to come again , it is unlikely that we, the people of Calderdale, could match the £3million raised after the December 2015 floods.
Watermark Calderdale is a free branding toolkit that businesses can use to highlight the flooding and offer ‘watermark’ associated products where a proportion of the sales of watermark branded products will be donated to a future floods fund. Businesses can offer to donate any amount from the sale of a product or service. The donation can be fixed or discretionary. The point is to maintain awareness of flooding in Calderdale and raise some money so that if the unthinkable does happen, there is some money in place to help those affected.
If all the businesses hit by the 2015 floods raised just £10 per week from their sales of Watermark goods (a low estimate), the fund would hit over £700,000 in 1 year. Multiply that by a few years of no floods, and a bit more input from other businesses, or some adding more than £10 per week, and the fund could easily hit £2 million. And that money would be there for our communities to access straight away in case of another flood. Literally saving for a rainy day! It’s all about businesses and community working together to look after each other.
One of the worst hit social enterprises in Calderdale was Project Colt who lost both their vans, as well as being flooded. Without transport, they could not deliver refurbished and second hand furniture to other people affected by the floods. Every year, Pennine-Pack has made donations to support environmental causes and employment in the local community. We decided that our annual donation could be best placed by donating it to Project Colt. By making this donation via the Community Foundation it could be match funded by the Government. Our £2,200 became a £4,400 donation towards replacement vans for Project Colt.
That is what we did while the pressure was on. We have now had time to think about how we can help in the longer term and Pennine-Pack has decided to donate 1% of our membership fees to the fund.
Let''s hope that we do not need either fund for a very long time!
Pennine Pack are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016. The Yorkshire based company has been shortlisted in the Supply Chain category for its approach in offering customers a low carbon option which actively supports the UK recycling industry.
The Ethical Compliance packaging scheme reduces the supply chain for third party waste producers, reduces CO2 from transport and processing, and ensures best practice employment conditions.
John Mooney, Director of Pennine Pack, said “we’re obviously thrilled that the project has been recognized as part of the shortlist. We know that by encouraging UK recycling, as opposed to exporting packaging waste, we are able to give our clients a more predictable and stable cost base, as well as doing the right thing for the environment.”
The final winners will be announced in London on the 26 May 2016.
Changes to the packaging regulations passed through parliament on 23rd February 2016. The main changes are:
- removal and replacement of regulations relating to the approval of schemes,
- passing responsibility for approval of schemes from DEFRA to the relevant agency, including NI,
- a new regulation permitting authority to sign for an approved person to someone else.
We are keeping a close eye on this last point as the published regulations are not what the Environment Agency were expecting. We will update you on changes / clarifications as they are published.
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2016 Budget Update
The 2016 budget includes a note of new packaging targets as follows:
2.182 Packaging recycling targets – The government will legislate later in 2016 to reduce statutory plastic packaging recycling targets for 2016 and 2017, to reduce the burden on business. The government will also set new recycling targets for glass and plastic packaging for 2018, 2019 and 2020. For plastic, the existing target will be reduced to 49% for 2016 and then increased by 2% each year to 2020, to 57%. For glass, the existing target of 77% will be maintained until 2017 and then increased by 1% each year to 2020, to 80%. (59)
Update May 2016.
Since the budget, DEFRA have announced a review / update to consolidate the changes to the packaging regulations since 2007. Until this happens and the new regulations are published, the EA is accepting the changes announced in the budget as if they were actual regulations.
We are pleased to announce that following a detailed look at our carbon footprint and a low key trial, Pennine-Pack Ltd is launching the UK’s first low carbon packaging compliance scheme, Ethical Compliance.
As a business, in our carbon footprint, our direct emissions (Scope 1 & 2) amount to about 5 tonnes per year. When we looked at our indirect emissions we considered the difference in emissions for recycling in the UK and abroad. Recycling abroad, usually in China, adds about 18,000km of shipping which adds about 300kg CO2e of emissions per tonne of waste shipped Our share at Pennine-Pack was about 3,800 tonnes CO2e. This may not be a big number in the overall scheme of things but if we can increase our share of recycling that takes place in the UK, just by choosing a UK based recycler, it will be a step in the right direction.
We ran a low key trial with several members last year, that was successfully audited by SGS in February and made an application to DEFRA who approved the new scheme in March.
The new scheme has opened with ten members from Pennine-Pack and we look forward to welcoming inquiries from any business that would like to support British recycling by having their share of packaging recycled in the UK.
Pennine-Pack Ltd are very pleased to announce that we have upgraded our silver accreditation with Investors in the Environment to the premium Green standard.
We have been accredited to the Investors in the Environment Green Standard which required the company to implement an environmental policy, measure use of resources, set targets to improve performance, measure our carbon footprint and make a commitment to other environmental measures such as using FSC certified paper.
“We were delighted to achieve the ‘Silver’ standard last summer and have upgraded to ‘Green’ this year because Investors in the Environment is flexible enough to work in a business as small as ours” explained John Mooney, General Manager, “and it allows us to show our customers that we practice what we preach.”
Pennine-Pack has a green transport policy, a paperless office policy and has completed a carbon footprinting exercise which showed our day to day impacts to be around 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide. It also showed that the extra impact caused by buying recycling certificates from overseas recyclers added almost 4,000 tonnes to our indirect impacts. The impact of buying recycling certificates from abroad is huge. We will embrace it as an opportunity to offer an UK only option for our customers.
For further details about iiE, including membership visit www.north.iie.uk.com.
Please click here to find out more about our Ethical Compliance Option for “UK only” packaging compliance.
In March, DEFRA announced that the Government will bring forward legislation to set new targets for packaging recycling and recovery from 2013 – 2017. The headline is an annual increase in the overall recovery rate of 1% per year taking us from 74% to 79% which does not alarm us.
The painful detail is:
- An annual increase of 5% for plastic, taking plastic from 32% to 57%,
- 3% percent annum for aluminium, taking aluminium from 40% to 55% and
- A more modest 1% per annum for steel bringing it from 71% to 76%.
- A more modest 1% per annum for overall recovery bringing it from 74% to 79%.
At first sight this does not look too worrying until we realise that in 2013 we will need to increase the amount of plastic packaging recycled from just over 600,000t to just under 700,000t. This is a jump of about 15% in real numbers, and the annual ‘carry forward’, the slack in the system, is only about 20,000t. In 2013, to maintain the status quo, the UK will have to recycle an additional 100,000t of waste packaging plastics. This will impact the price of PRN’s and I expect that the price of plastic PRN’s will rise to between £20 and £50 per tonne to create the extra incentive needed to get re-processors to handle this extra tonnage.
The proposed amendments will also change the way that we count glass PRN’s. It is proposed to set a minimum target of 63% of glass PRN’s to be issued by re-processors who melt the glass and cap the number of PRN’s that can be bought from re-processors who produce aggregates to 37%. The glass market should be able to cope with this but there will inevitably be some uncertainty and we hope that this will not make too much difference to the price of glass PRN’s, although it is not too long since glass PRN’s were over £20 per tonne.
We will hold a seminar to explain the changes once the legislation has been published.