News coming soon | London hotel made from recycled shipping containers nominated for sustainability award
The eco-aparthotel Stow-Away Waterloo has been nominated for the European tourism sustainability award “GrINN Awards 2022” in the categories Best Sustainable Aparthotel in Europe and Best Sustainable City Hotel.
Quartz Inn Hotels, organizers of the awards, say the Stow-Away Waterloo was created from 26 repurposed shipping containers with a roof fitted with solar panels that direct excess electricity not consumed in the building back to the national grid.
Quartz Inn Hotels Managing Director Ignacio Merino said: “The main objective of the awards is to promote good sustainable practices in the hospitality industry and to raise general awareness of the impact of hospitality and tourism activities on the environment.”
The organizers explain that the air conditioning and hydro units recycle and recirculate energy between the heating and hot water systems, creating real energy efficiency and reducing unnecessary waste.
Stow-Away’s design focuses on space-saving models that offer improved ergonomics in a stylish and eco-friendly way.
Other sustainable practices include rooms lined with eco-friendly wood paneling, all waste from the hotel and on-site restaurant is recycled, all lighting is low-energy and LED, and recycling bins are placed in all rooms to make it easier for guests to dispose of their trash separate and all single-use plastics have been removed.
Hotel and tourism guides from 23 European countries have been nominated and the finalists will be announced in the coming weeks after the jury meeting. Winners from each of the 50 categories will be selected from among all finalists following a public voting process.
Hamilton mattress announces it has reached the 250,000 recycling mark
Hamilton Waste & Recycling (Hamilton) announced that it has now recycled over a quarter million mattresses as the Company continues to expand its mattress recycling capacity.
By achieving this groundbreaking number, Hamilton says it has recovered about 2,500 tons of metal, 750 tons of foam and 500 tons of polyester, all of which are used to make more sustainable products.
The mattress manufacturer goes on to say that the residues that cannot currently be effectively recycled are used in the production of alternative fuels. This sustainable fuel is used by several customers, including Tarmac, to offset fossil fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions.
We are on track to recycle around 100,000 mattresses this year and plan to increase that capacity by another 20% by 2023.
Hamilton also recently announced a partnership with Scotland’s largest independent bed retailer, Archers Sleep Centre, to recycle all used mattresses and beds from its customer take-back programme. To further increase recycling rates, Archers is promoting a voucher scheme for over 1.5 million households, allowing them to dispose of their old beds for free, according to Hamilton.
Robin Stevenson, Managing Director of Hamilton, said: “We are on track to recycle around 100,000 mattresses this year and there are plans to increase that capacity by a further 20% by 2023.
“While this is a fantastic team effort, Scotland still only recycles one in ten waste mattresses, with over 650,000 mattresses still going to landfill each year.
“This wanton waste of resources is totally unnecessary and needs to be addressed by the Scottish Government if we are to achieve our circular economy ambitions.”
The Royal Mint continues its sustainability journey with refurbished laptops powered by circular computing
The Royal Mint has agreed to a deal to help decarbonize its IT estate by using remanufactured circular computing laptops.
The Royal Mint says it is one of the world’s leading mints and trusted producers of official British coins and is famous for producing coins, but in recent years it has evolved to offer precious metals investments, luxury collectibles and jewellery.
It says it is committed to growing sustainably and targeting all areas of its operations, including the supply chain. The Royal Mint says the combination of Circular Computing’s carbon-neutral, remanufactured laptops is an important step towards adopting a circular economy and lower-carbon processes championed by the IT department.
The unique Circular Remanufacturing Process sees Circular Computing manufacture Second Life laptops that are certified equal or better than new by the world’s first BSI Kitemark.
The solution offered by Circular Computing is a great example of how refurbished is new.
Following a successful trial, the Royal Mint says the agreed partnership will use Circular Computing’s carbon neutral, remanufactured Lenovo ThinkPad T480 units, which are designed to meet the Royal Mint’s specific IT needs while also committing to a flexible sourcing approach enable.
Over 70 refurbished laptops have already been delivered to The Royal Mint, with more deliveries to follow later this year. By using laptops that are remanufactured in a carbon-neutral manner, The Royal Mint says they can achieve a lower carbon contribution from their laptop inventory while promoting the principles of the circular economy.
Last year the Royal Mint announced it had introduced innovative new chemicals to recover precious metals from e-waste in the UK and is now developing a full-scale facility in South Wales to process thousands of tonnes of e-waste a week and recover hundreds of kilograms of precious metals per week Year. The first gold recovered has already been used to launch a new line of luxury jewelry.
Inga Doak, Head of Sustainability and ESG at The Royal Mint added: “The solution offered by Circular Computing is a great example of how refurbished is new – with their refurbished laptops meeting our functional IT needs while being a circular one , deliver a climate-neutral product.
“As The Royal Mint transforms for the future, we look to partner with more organizations like Circular Computing who support our quest to be a leader in sustainable precious metals.”
Suspended sentences for 2 men who burned rubbish on Northampton site
Two men who illegally dumped and burned rubbish during lockdown have been given suspended sentences.
The Environment Agency (EA) says David Wells, 41, and Daniel Hancock, 32, have repeatedly ignored their warnings. They were sentenced to 8 months in prison, 2 years probation and 100 hours of unpaid labor each.
The couple, who previously pleaded guilty, have been ordered to pay £4,900 in costs at Northampton Crown Court following an investigation by EA.
The court heard how both dumped and burned waste without environmental permits at a site on the outskirts of the village of Boughton. Nearby residents reported toxic fumes and saw flames emanating from the Boughton Springs site.
During the spring and summer of 2020 lockdown, witnesses reported “very thick, dense smoke and very smelly” and “pungent and very toxic” location. There have also been reports of “frequent and troublesome” fires and smoke with a “very unpleasant smell”.
Neighbors said they couldn’t sit in their gardens, do laundry or open their windows. An elderly neighbor had difficulty breathing as fires were ongoing.
Environmental officials stopped by on several occasions to issue warnings and advice on what materials could legally be incinerated. Despite these visits, the two continued to burn illicit materials and illegally dump mixed garbage on the site.
In February 2021, officers made an unannounced visit after more fires were reported. Upon arrival, they found a fire consisting of green waste in plastic bags, laminated wood, furniture, cans and other general waste.
Officials at the scene described the smoke from the fire as black with a “toxic” smell.
Piles of items were found at the site, including toilets, scrap metal, 3 square meters of used printer cartridges, bags of household waste, carpets, toys and clothing. Much of the waste was dumped on bare ground, risking soil and water contamination, creating an odor problem and attracting flies and vermin.
In July, the two were still illegally dumping mixed waste, despite officials’ advice. The Environment Agency, the court said, had no choice but to prosecute.