26 September 2019 by Lucy Pegg

News in brief (26/09/2019)

With news on; Geminor begins transporting waste by rail; Natural Resources Wales set to grant Pembroke Dock permit; UKWSL wins Marston’s contract, and; Axion Polymers renews ISO 9001 certification 

UKWSL wins Marston’s contract

UKWSL has again won the contract to provide trade waste services to Marston’s, the independent brewing and pub retailing business.

[l-r] Chris White of Marston’s, Katie Lawson of UKWSL and Jonathan Davies of Marston’s

The five year deal means UKSWL will continue to provide services to over 1000 Marston’s sites. Since the partnership began in 2016 Marston’s have achieved zero waste to landfill and increased its recycling to around 77%.

At the 2019 National Recycling Awards the two companies were winners of the ‘Partnership Excellence – Commercial category’.

Max Kanda, managing director of UKWSL, said: “Having fine-tuned our operations throughout the Marston’s estate over the past 3 years, we feel optimistic about improving on an already-impressive recycling rate, continuing to save costs and exploring additional closed loop solutions.

“We are grateful to Marston’s for giving us an opportunity to steer this partnership to greater heights.”


Geminor begins transporting waste by rail

Geminor will begin transporting recovered waste by rail after its hub in Landskrona, Sweden, was granted industrial rail permission.

Geminor have been given permission to transport waste by rail from one if its Swedish depots.

The waste management company has been looking to transport waste by rail for several years and began the application process three years ago.

Receiving the rail permit will allow Geminor to explore new options for transporting waste both in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, the company said.

Per Mernelius, country manager for Sweden at Geminor said: “We started preparing for this years ago, and the Landskrona hub has for some time been adapted for rail transport.

“Freight by rail has many advantages. Not only is it quicker and more cost efficient over longer distances – it is also a greener option compared to road transport.

“Presently there is not enough capacity within road transport services in Europe, which makes rail transport contribute to a more stable and reliable delivery of recovered waste.”

The Landskrona HUB in southern Sweden handles more than 40,000 tonnes of SRF, RDF and waste wood annually. The option of using freight train companies to deliver and distribute waste fuels makes the HUB more suitable for stocking and supply management.


Natural Resources Wales set to grant Pembroke Dock permit

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has announced it is likely to grant Milford Haven Port Authority with an environmental permit to operate a waste storage and transfer station at Pembroke Dock.

Natural Resources Wales says it is likely to grant Milford Haven Port Authority an environmental permit for Pembroke Dock

A further consultation with the local community, businesses and professional partners will be run before the final decision is made, but the current decision has followed a detailed assessment of the company’s plans. Advice has also been given by Public Health Wales and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Gavin Bown, Operations Manager from Natural Resources Wales said: “We’re grateful to all who responded to our consultation – local information is important, and we have considered each and every comment we have received.

“After reviewing these, and assessing the information provided by the Port Authority in their application, we are satisfied that they have the right plans in place to operate this site safely without harming local people or the environment.”

If given a permit, Milford Haven Port Authority will allow businesses using the port to temporarily store waste on site, before it is transferred elsewhere. Waste stored will include non-hazardous, baled household waste and loose processed waste wood which can used to produce energy.


Axion Polymers renews ISO 9001 certification 

Axion Polymers has renewed its ISO management system certification at both of its Manchester plastics recycling sites – and gained a new ISO18001 Health and Safety standard for its Salford facility.

Axion Polymers has renewed its ISO management system certification at its Manchester sites

The resource recovery company has been recertified for its ISO 9001 quality management systems at its Salford and Trafford Park sites. The ISO 9001 certification covers all aspects of the plants’ operations, from manufacture to supply and customer service.

Both sites have also been given the OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety management systems standard – the first time the Salford facility has achieved this certification. OHSAS 18001 demonstrates a strict compliance with Health and Safety procedures.

Laura Smith, Axion’s commercial operations manager, said: “We’re proud to have achieved renewal of our Lloyds Register ISO 9001 quality standards accreditation and this is testimony to the rigorous quality management procedures we have in place.

“Our customers can be assured that all Axpoly and Axplas products are manufactured according to the highest quality standards. Quality runs through everything we do.”

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