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Time to waste

08 December 2017

Rebecca Hurry, Key Account Manager at WCRS Ltd, looks at how Glamorgan Cricket Club reduced its waste costs and sent its recycling rates skywards.

The world of waste management can be difficult territory for a facilities manager to navigate.

There are many pressures and demands, from keeping track of current legislation, to meeting your Duty of Care to understanding the wealth of terminology associated with the sector.

Implementing an effective waste management policy for your business should increase recycling rates, reduce levels of waste to landfill, save money and enhance your organisation’s green credentials.

We are no longer operating in a linear economy but a circular one, keeping resources in use for as long as possible, reusing and recycling them at the end of their life.

While the UK continues to produce some 300 million tonnes of waste each year with research suggesting around a quarter of this is business waste (from any commercial activity, including construction, demolition, industry and agriculture), the Government is committed to reducing this volume.

Its Clean Growth Strategy released in October 2017 reaffirmed this commitment, stating a new target of becoming a zero avoidable waste economy by 2050.

Disposal of waste comes at a high price, not just in environmental terms but in financial ones too.

Landfill tax sits at £86.10 per tonne and will rise to £89 per tonne from 1st April next year. In the majority of cases it is now more cost effective to recycle than to send to landfill.

For the facilities manager, working in collaboration with a waste management company that understands your business and provides tailored waste management and recycling solutions for your organisation, supporting you through to implementation, can really take the headache out of waste management.

Waste management company WCRS has over 20 years of experience and offers a bespoke recycling and waste management solution for all types of organisations across the various sectors of industry.

WCRS works collaboratively with its clients to formulate a tailored plan and ensure each business is up-to-date with all legislation, regulations and administrative responsibilities.

The company provides customers with a comprehensive audit that covers all aspects of customers’ Duty of Care including waste management practices, suppliers and disposal routes.

These audits not only ensure compliance but also identify areas for cost reduction and improved performance. The effectiveness of WCRS and the innovations it has introduced, can be clearly seen in its work with Glamorgan Cricket Club.

The first challenge WCRS faced when working with the team at Glamorgan back in 2015 was the First Investec Ashes Match.

Glamorgan Cricket Club required a company that could effectively manage all waste for one of the sporting calendar’s most prestigious events, with expected visitor numbers in excess of 60,000.

Collaboration was key: WCRS worked closely with both the Club and its cleaning contractor AQS to achieve a seamless operation throughout.

With the first major event sorted, the next focus was improvement: what changes could be made to boost the club’s overall recycling performance? The 2015 recovery rate for materials destined for recycling averaged around just four per cent of the total waste.

Glamorgan Cricket Club had ambitions to vastly improve on this. Although a recycling system had been previously implemented and formed a sound base, it was far from effective so WCRS set to work.

First the company implemented a segregation system of Dry Mixed Recyclables (DMR), General Waste, Food and Glass?and clear and concise signage was developed to support it and increase awareness.

WCRS carried out recycling workshops and presentations to key operational and cleaning staff to help raise knowledge and relay the benefits of recycling as well as the new processes.

WCRS then focused on the tricky business of match day recycling to maximize the amount of waste materials recovered.

Working with AQS, a ‘buddy’ system was introduced for the cleaning teams around the stadium including one cleaner in each team concentrating on recovering dry mixed recyclables.

Results were impressive. Within 18 months, recycling rates have soared from the previous four per cent of the total waste to an incredible 84 per cent.

The remaining residual waste is now sent to a local Energy from Waste Facility plant and therefore 100 per cent of the waste generated at the club is diverted away from Landfill.

“Glamorgan Cricket has been keen to increase recycling rates for some time,” says Dan Cherry, Head of Operations.

“We are delighted that we have achieved such impressive figures and we look forward to continuing to work with WCRS to maintain and further improve our results. Glamorgan Cricket shares common values with WCRS and this partnership is important to us as we continue our aim of making Wales proud in how we operate on and off the field.”

WCRS supports the Facilities Manager in all areas of waste management, from finding environmentally responsible solutions for every day waste and obscure wastes too, to providing a Jargon Buster explaining the technical terms.

Choosing a customer centric waste management partner will potentially reduce costs, boost recycling and help you meet your corporate and social responsibilities.

The road to sustainability and zero waste is a shared one – and every person and every business has their part to play.

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