While the pandemic remains ongoing and waste volumes are not yet back to pre-Covid levels, Andusia says it does not expect volumes to decline again.
Environment Agency data for the 2020 calendar year showed a drop of nearly 37% in exports of refuse derived fuel (RDF) from England (see letsrecycle.com story).
Andusia said data from fellow waste firms Veolia and Suez showed the amount of waste generated in commercial and industrial workplaces fell by 50% in 2020.
However, the waste fuel specialist now predicts waste volumes will increase during the next three to six months, before possibly returning to pre-Covid levels in 2022.
Andusia based its prediction on the UK being “over two months ahead of Europe” in terms of lockdown restrictions and vaccinations.
Andusia’s director Mark Terrell said: “UK waste volumes may still be below 2019 levels, but we are definitely now seeing these volumes reach a plateau and at least stabilise, which we don’t see going backwards.
“Over time, those still working from home will return to the office, hospitality restrictions will lift further, and a nervous public will regain confidence, meaning good times are to come for all industries, including those in waste. Now is the time to think ahead and commit to those waste supply contracts.”
Meanwhile, Andusia announced on 21 June that the company had moved to new offices almost three times larger than their previous premises.
“Approaching a decade in the waste industry, it was Andusia’s time to relocate”
The waste fuel specialist’s new offices are also in Hertford, the Hertfordshire town from which the company was launched in 2012.
The move was prompted by expansion in both the UK and Europe, Andusia says.
Director Steve Burton said: “The office move represents a significant milestone in Andusia’s history. Approaching a decade in the waste industry, it was Andusia’s time to relocate in order to accommodate for further growth in the near future.
“We look forward to welcoming customers and suppliers to our new premises when lockdown restrictions allow.”
Andusia now trades under three separate companies: Andusia Recovered Fuels Ltd representing its waste export business, Andusia Hazchem Treatment Ltd representing its hazardous waste treatment arm and Andusia Resource Recovery Ltd representing its UK RDF business.