Recycling rates double
in year one of contract


Waste management results

Following the roll-out of Axil’s Total Waste Management service in October 2020, Birmingham Wholesale Market are seeing impressive results.
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222 T


in general waste produced on site.

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92 %


in recycling levels due to improved segregation.

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66 %


in waste collections at BWMC.

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“Birmingham Wholesale market has been designed for the 21st Century and offers a highly efficient trading environment, where make every effort to minimise or recycle food and material waste. Our partnership with Axil has led to a cleaner site that recycles more.”

Andrew Barnes

General Manager, Birmingham Wholesale Market

The Requirement

A 222-tonne reduction in general waste was achieved by Axil, following innovations to improve waste segregation as well as installing new equipment and rolling out new processes.

Birmingham Wholesale Market is the largest integrated market in the UK, providing fish, poultry, fruit, and vegetables to wholesale customers and the public. The multi-million purpose-built premises is a joint venture between the tenants and Birmingham City Council. It is located at The Hub, Birmingham, and houses 70 tenants across an eight-acre site.

Waste Challenges

Prior to Axil commencing services on site, the market’s general waste and dry mixed recycling (DMR) was collected in the same Refuse Collection Vehicle, amounting to 1324 tonnes per annum. Axil now has 5 skilled Waste Operatives on-site who manage various waste equipment to improve health and safety across the site and ensure that waste is segregated properly.

With 9 waste streams present at Birmingham Wholesale Market, it is evident that this is the site’s biggest challenge. However, Birmingham Wholesale Market was appointed a dedicated Axil contract manager who ensures that waste is now segregated by stream with ease, to reduce costs, increase rebates, and increase recycling levels.

Innovations and Waste Solutions

This improved approach to waste segregation has doubled recycling rates for the market, from 13 to 25% in the first year of the waste contract.

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New general
waste compactor

Installed an on-site general waste compactor to reduce transport movements and costs – reducing collections from 312 in 2019 to 124 in 2021.

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Improved segregation of materials – with the installation of new balers on-site to maximise rebate opportunities.

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Weight & Trace

Installed a Weight & Trace machine – resulting in increased revenue for Birmingham Wholesale Market through more accurate invoicing of tenants for their waste.

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New electric

Introduced a new Electric vehicle and trailer – resulting in a reduction of carbon footprint and improved health and safety standards achieved by the removal of heavy wheelie bins.

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Reduced reliance on third-party suppliers – with jobs like road sweeping now managed on-site by Axil.

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Increased engagement with tenants – Axil distributed posters to educate market tenants on the importance of waste segregation.

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“We’re very proud of our team’s work on the market, and we think the results are plain to see. We have made significant improvements to both waste and recycling rates as well as raising housekeeping and health and safety standards across the entire site.”

Jason Lang

Commercial Director, Axil Integrated Services

Get in touch to see how we can help your business

In need of total waste management? Have a question about recycling, skip hire or collection? If you’re looking to improve your environmental impact and reduce outgoing costs in your business, speak to a member of our team for professional advice and support on your waste management. We’ll help you determine which waste solutions are right for you for free, with no obligation.

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