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                    MINUTES OF MEETING

1. Present
(see attached)

2. Trade Slot: Next-tec Ltd. (Mark Smith) Recycling of EPS
EPS and the environment:
    CFCs and HCFCs are not, and never have been, used in the manufacture of
      EPS. Styrene, used in the manufacture of EPS, occurs naturally in many
      commonplace products including strawberries, beans, nuts, beer, wine, coffee
      beans and cinnamon. Pentane, the blowing agent used in EPS is not registered
      as a substance hazardous to humans health or the environment.
    EPS is 98% air. This gives EPS a small carbon footprint in resource use – just
      2% of a typical EPS pack is material, the rest is fresh air. This makes EPS
      lightweight assisting in the reduction of fuel consumption when items pcked in
      EPS are transported from factory to warehouse.
    The manufacturing process for EPS packaging has a significantly lower
      impact on the environment than many commonly used packaging materials –
      steam is the key ingredient in the process and the water is re-used many times,
      there is no waste in the process as all offcuts or rejects are reused, only 0.1%
      of total oil consumption is used in the manufacture of EPS.

   An EPS pack protects valuable and heavy items in transit and storage. Using EPS
   packaging typically cuts wastage to less than 5%.

       EPS is safe to use to packaging food
       EPS assists with food safety for consumers because it provides the most
           reliable insulation and protection.
       EPS is used to package vaccines and human organs
       EPS is used to manufacture child car seats, bicycle helmets and many
           other products for human benefit.

EPS is 100% recyclable and thousands of tonnes are recycled each year in the UK.
It is completely inert making it safe in landfill as it will not biodegrade and leach
chemicals into the water system or gases into the atmosphere.

Next-Tec Ltd.
    The company was formed in 2002
    The company’s aim was to purchase a company making ‘green’ products
    Began 2 year development of the PolyCycle range
    Launched the range in February 2005
    First major contract in June 2005 – Veolia/DELL in Ireland
    Products: the company has 2 main product ranges:
    - Indirect and direct plastics densifiers, both use specific radiant wavelengths

Indirect Densifier:
            Designed to handle contaminated plastic waste
            Designed to handle black bin bag waste
            Ideal for situation in catering kitchens etc.

The Process:
    - black bags of plastic waste are fed into the chute
    - a pre-breaker opens the bags and chops the waste up
    - the material drops into a pre-heat chamber and then a dwell chamber where it
       is densified and sterilised
    - the resultant resin is exited into a former
    - a sterile and inert briquette is produced.

The briquette has a number of uses: waste to energy applications, low grade recycling
or as a material filler.

Direct Densifier:
    designed to handle expanded polymers such as EPS, EPP and EPE

The Process:
    - expanded polymers are fed into an integral hopper and through a pre-breaker.
    - The pre-breaker passes the material through a screen
    - The material is then fed onto a conveyor and passes through the SRW tunnel
    - The material shrinks and is collected and bagged by the cyclone bagging

The resultant material is suitable for reprocessing and recycling. It can be extruded to
a generic bead or product such as decking or building products.

The machines are available to purchase (from £26,000) or hire. Customers include
Argos, Pioneer, Tescos etc.

Research and development:
Current projects include a machine for waste transfer stations for an Irish company
and to produce recyclate directly from clean lightweight packaging.
Next-tec has also spent time investigating new technologies in many fields from
single pass tyre shredding to polyurethane foam.
The company are able to offer solutions and consultancy to ensure best use of
technologies and methods to maximise recycling.
Next-tec has formed partnerships and alliances with: Wales Environment Trust,
Robust and Veolia Environmental Services.
The company is a member of The British Plastics Federation and the BPF – EPS

For further details contact Mark Smith (Director) on 01889 271010
3. World Environment Day: The Environment Agency (Tiffany Gallop)
The Environment Agency promote world Environment Day (5th June 2007) which this
year is focused on climate change. The EA are conducting a survey (Mend of the
World survey) of what individuals are doing to tackle climate change. Three questions
are being asked:
    a) What’s the No. 1 thing you are already doing to tackle climate change?
    b) What one extra thing could you do to tackle climate change?
    c) What’s stopping you?

You don’t need to make big changes – simply remember to turn your appliances right
off, use recyclable shopping bags or even cycle to work.
To find out more visit

4. Resource Efficiency Club (REC) Update (Lorraine Hubbard: Dorset
Lorraine provided an update on the REC which is managed by Dorset Business,
delivered by the SWWMG and funded by Envirowise.
The club provides an integrated approach to support businesses willing to give serious
commitment to making environmental improvements.
The potential savings have been identified: target of £200,000. The initial meeting
identified £205,650 worth of savings. The 6 month baseline data identified potential
savings of £877,000.
The areas that companies are pursuing to obtain these savings in are: heat re-use
(£60,000 identified), lighting controls, cardboard recycling (£13,000 saved by one
company), switch off policy, milk rounds, re-use of other’s waste etc.
The company’s involved in the club include: CT Production, Pilkingtons, Cobham,
New Look, Bowlplex, Woodland Dairy etc.
For further details contact Lorraine on 01202 714810

5. Legislation Update (Tessa Bowering: Environment Agency)

The WEEE (Waste Management Licensing) (England & Wales) Regulations 2006
The above regulations came into force in January 2007 and introduced 3 new
exemptions from the waste management licensing regulations:

Paragraph 49: Repair and refurbishment of WEEE
 This exemption is for repair or refurbishment of WEEE so it can be used for its
  original purpose
 The exemption in NOT intended to cover the stripping of WEEE for parts or
  materials where this is anything more than incidental to the primary activity of
  repairing and refurbishing WEEE for re-use
 Storage limits: 80 cubic metres of permitted waste types for a period of no longer
  than 12 months
 Treatment is limited to 5 tonnes/day
 Site must have an impermeable surface with a sealed drainage system.
 Sites must have balances to measure the weight of the treated WEEE.

 495 to register the exemption to be renewed every 12 months (」265)
 Subject to a site inspection

Paragraph 50: Secure Storage of WEEE
 This exemption is for the storage of WEEE at a site for recovery elsewhere
 The site must have an impermeable surface and a sealed drainage system
 The WEEE should have a weatherproof covering where appropriate
 The WEEE should not be stored for more than 3 months
 Fluorescent tubes should be stored in suitable containers to prevent the glass being
 Maximum amounts of WEEE apply (50 cubic metres for fluorescent tubes and
  other mercury containing waste and 80 cubic metres for all other named waste

Paragraph 51: The crushing of waste gas discharge lamps
 This exemption is for the crushing of gas discharge lamps to reduce their volume
  prior to collection
 The lamps are intended for recovery or reuse
 The crushing must be done using equipment designed for that purpose
 The concentration of mercury in the emissions must not exceed 50 micrograms
  per cubic metre
 No more than 3 tonnes of lamps can be processed in any 24 hours
 Lamps must be stored securely before and after crushing (in a secure container).
  Lamps must be stored under a weatherproof covering

The WEEE Regulations 2006 introduced AATFs and AEs to treat collected WEEE.

Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF)
To be an approved ATF you need either an exemption or licence and apply to the
Agency to be APPROVED. Only AATFs can issue evidence that WEEE has been
recovered. AATFs will issue evidence notes to PCS to prove that they are meeting
the recycling targets for WEEE. These sites should be the first point of treatment of
the WEEE.
Guidance is available at:
Applications can be found at:http://www.environment-
The cost is £400 if you handle less than 400 tonnes per year and £2590 for bigger
sites. An operator can register more than one site under the same AATF approval.

Applications should be sent to the Environment Agency Waste and Industry
Regulatory Support Team in Sheffield. Area approval visits may be required. In
addition regular audits will be carried out by Area teams to ensure that WEEE is
being recycled.

Any company exporting WEEE for treatment, recovery or recycling outside the UK
can apply to become approved. Only approved exporters (AEs) will be allowed to
issue evidence notes for the treatment, recovery and recycling of WEEE that takes
place outside the UK. This is on top of the requirements of Transfrontier Shipment
(TFS). They will have to provide evidence that exported WEEE is recovered to an
equivalent standard to that in the UK.

AATFs – 4 main types of processes:
 Shredders/fragmentisers: mainly metals recovery
 Dismantlers: IT and telecoms
 New integrated WEEE facilities
 Specialist processing: fridge treatment, CRT treatment etc.

Best Available Treatment, Recycling and Recovery Techniques (BATRRT)
   Defra produced guidance on BATRRT and treatment of WEEE - December 2006
   The WEEE Directive states that treatment must, as a minimum, include the
    removal of all fluids and selective treatment in accordance with Annex II to the
 Annex III to the WEEE Directive sets out the technical requirements for storage
  of WEEE prior to treatment (impermeable surface, weatherproof covering for
  appropriate areas etc.) and for sites for the treatment of WEEE (balances to
  measure the weight of the treated waste, appropriate containers for the storage of
  batteries, PCBs etc.)

The following substances, preparations and components must be removed from any
separately collected WEEE unless the appliance is reused as a whole:
Capacitors containing polychorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
Mercury containing components
Toner cartridges
Printed circuit boards of mobile phones generally, and of other devices, if the surface
of the PCB is greater than 10 square centimetres
Components containing radioactive substances
Electrolyte capacitors containing substances of concern
External electric cables
CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs and HCs
plastic containing brominated flame retardants
Cathode ray tubes
Gas discharge lamps
Liquid crystal displays
Components containing refractory ceramic fibres
Components containing radioactive substances

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007
The 2007 regulations brought in some changes to the 2005 regulations which
(i)    Technical Changes: including amending some references made in the 2005
       regulations to correctly reflect the policy intention.
(ii)   Changing the regulations to allow for electronic Packaging Waste Recovery
       Notes (PRNs) and Packaging Waste Export Recovery Notes (PERNs)

The changes affected reprocessors and producers.

The National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) is a new web-based system to
simplify data submission and aid national planning.
In February 2007 the system allowed for an on-line public register, on-line
registration of producers (direct registrants) and schemes and introduced electonic
 Require a login to use the system - automatically sent to businesses registered
    directly with the Agencies in 2006. Apply for login if first time direct registrant.
 Application fee to be paid by cheque and sent at the same time as an online
    application - cannot pay through NPWD

Electronic Evidence:
 ePRNS and ePERNs: or eP(E)RNs
 NPWD - records the evidence acquired from accredited reprocessors/exporters.
 Producers will need to engage with reprocessors & exporters to obtain eP(E)RNs.
 Once purchased the reprocessor/exporter will issue eP(E)RNs on line for
   subsequent crediting to an online account within NWPD
 From February 2007 ePRNs and ePERNs will become the only evidence the
   agencies will accept for the fulfillment of producers obligations
Annual Fees:
Increases as follows:
 £6 per scheme member (now £564)
 £8 per individually registered producer (£776)
 NO CHANGE for small producers choosing the allocation method
 £5 for a small reprocessor/exporter (£505)
 £26 for a large reprocessor/exporter (£2,616)

The Treatment of Non-hazardous wastes for landfill
      From 30th October 2007 non-hazardous waste must be treated before it can be
      Requirement stems from the Landfill Directive applied by the Landfill (England
       and Wales) Regulations 2002
      Treatment is intended to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and reduce
       the impact of waste when it is landfilled
      Landfills cannot accept untreated waste.
      Waste producers can either treat the waste themselves or ensure that it is treated
       elsewhere before being landfilled.
Landfill operators shall ensure that the landfill is only used for the landfilling of waste
which is subject to prior treatment unless:
(i)       it is inert waste for which treatment is not technically feasible
(ii)      it is waste other than inert waste and treatment would not reduce its quantity
          or hazards which it poses to human health or the environment

The legal definition of treatment requires 3 things (the 3 point test):
It must be a physical, thermal, chemical or biological process including sorting
It must change the characteristics of the waste
It must do so in order to:

          reduce its volume, or

          reduce its hazardous nature, or

          facilitate its handling, or

          enhance its recovery
Treatment is intended to encourage us to recycle more and reduce the impact of the
waste that continues to be landfilled. Some wastes being landfilled may already be the
product of a treatment process . Additional treatment will not be required for such
Waste producers should either treat their own waste and provide information about
the treatment for subsequent holders or ensure that the waste will be treated by a
subsequent holder before it is landfilled
It is good practice for the waste producer or holder to always complete a written
declaration stating the type of treatment and if relevant, the amount of waste sorted
out for recovery or alternative treatment
Landfill operators are responsible for checking the ‘basic characterisation’ of waste
which includes information about the waste treatment applied or reasons why the
waste has not been treated.

6. Finding a sustainable building material is child’s play (Simon Coleman:
Invotek are manufacturers of demountable office partitions. These were mainly
plasterboard. However, as gypsum is classified as a stable non-reactive hazardous
waste it cannot be landfilled which caused problems.
Alternatives to gypsum were sought and the company now use compressed straw
The panels are manufactured using a british process but as there is no factory in the
UK they are imported from China.
The panels are made of 97% strawboard with a polyurethane based binder. They can
be landfilled or reprocessed.
The company have received enquiries from companies who manufacture kitchen
units, furniture etc. It is suitable for any panel based product.
The strawboard costs approx. 10% more at the front end (purchase) but the disposal
costs are much reduced.
Invotek recently won the 2006 Dorset Business Innovation Award.

For further details contact Invotek:
01202 731467

7. Trade Slot: Maine-deck (Kendal Heron)
The company manufacture composite decking from 60% post production timber
waste and some plastic.
The product retains its colour and is non-slip.
Uses include a boardwalk in a SSSI in Yorkshire, flooring around pool areas in the
Marriott hotel chain, uses by the National Trust and NHS.
The product is resistant to salt and chlorine and the water absorbency is 0.6%
compared to 17% for timber. The product also has no shrinkage problems.
Offcuts of waste deck can be recycled.
The product was a finalist in the Best Eco-Product Awards 2007.
Earthwood is a new range which is manufactured in southern Ireland. It has been
successfully used in the marine industry. It is also exported.
The product has a 25year lifespan. Joist work can also be supplied for deck work.
It is recommended to screw together and composite screws can also be provided.
Prices: £36 per square metre for maine-deck / some hardwoods cost £100 per square
metre. There is a manufacturing site in Chester and stockists throughout the UK.
For further details –
8. WRAP Recycling Trial: Perrys Recycling (Paul Deakin)
Perrys are undertaking a trial with SMEs for WRAP (Waste and Resources Action
Programme) to encourage recycling. The project is funded by WRAP.
It is a 6 month trial to try to encourage SMEs to recycle at work.
There are 3 types of collection available:
(i)      Multi material: paper, cans, fluorescent tubes, small WEEE and plastic bottles
(ii)     Paper and card
(iii) Plastic
Flyers have been sent to SMEs in Salisbury, Bridport, Chard, Yeovil, Bournemouth,
Weymouth etc.
Perrys then telephone the businesses and explain a little more about the project.
If the company are interested they are sent a ‘welcome’ pack which shows the prices.
The collections are done on a milkround basis, some of which are free.
Perrys will provide participating companies with a certificate.
For further details contact:
Michelle David
Perrys Recycling
Tel: 01935 850111 Email:

9. SWWMG Website: Custom Internet Ltd. (Stephen Rothwell)
Stephen Rothwell runs Custom Internet and has been updating the SWWMG website
which is due to go live in the next few weeks. Custom Internet Ltd. supply the
complete IT requirements of a small business or home user. The company offers web
design and management, training and systems and support. Customers include small
businesses, churches and charity groups.
The SWWMG web site: the main development has been done. Launch awaiting
domain transfer and final edits.
SWWMG members are asked to make use of the site, promote it where possible, link
to it and tell the steering group what you would like to see.
Stephen can be contacted on 01425 655210

10. Any Other Business
 Lorraine Hubbard informed the group of the Dorset Business Environmental
    Conference and Exhibition to be held on Thursday 6th September 2007 at the
    Portland Spa Conference Centre, Portland, Dorset. The conference will cost £65
    (£60 if booked before 20th August 2007) which includes lunch, workshops and
    exhibition. The conference will cover, amongst other topics, better waste
    management and clean design. For further details contact Lorraine on 01202
    714810 or by e-mail on
 Dorset Business are taking entries for the Dorset Business Awards 2007. For
    further information visit or contact Shirley
    Ewart on 01202 714802.
 Members were informed that meetings would probably be extended until 1pm to
    allow for more discussion and networking.
 Members are invited to bring displays to the meetings at the nominal cost of £20.
    Please contact Tessa prior to the meeting to book your place.

11. Date and Venue of next meeting.
Wednesday 12th September 2007, 10am at the Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum.

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