Working with leading global Covid-19 testing company to help in the fightback against Coronavirus


The Requirement

Providing waste collection for Covid-19 test waste, Cignpost’s initial five sites rapidly grew to twenty within a fortnight and we’re now providing waste collections at over 50 sites across the UK.

Axil developed a bespoke solution, adapting our business model to suit Cignpost’s specific requirements.



Breakdown in numbers

This improved approach to waste segregation has delivered an 80% reduction in contaminated waste.

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Reduced carbon

A reduction in carbon footprint was enabled due to combined collections of waste.

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Cignpost boast 108 site locations nationwide with 69 active sites.

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Rapid collection

Axil collected 9794 bags on average over the past 3 months across the UK.

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Efficient collection service

Axil operates 18 hours a day, 6 days a week to ensure collections are efficient.

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Zero waste
to landfill

Zero waste to landfill status was achieved and 100% energy generated from waste.


Axil is working in partnership with Cignpost nationwide, providing waste collection services for Covid-19 test waste at two of the UK’s largest London airports, Heathrow & Gatwick, as well as Birmingham and Edinburgh airport. They also support key retail and transport hubs, keeping UK infrastructure moving.

Eighteen-months in, the contract has seen Axil manage waste services at Cignpost Diagnostics laboratory facilities, as well as its test sites across sectors including elite sport, defence, media, and finance. As well as no-location test-waste collections, Axil has worked with leading companies such as Netflix, Amazon, BBC, Scottish Premiership, and the PGA European Tour.

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“We are very pleased with not only the quality, but also the service we have received from Axil. Their seamless and efficient operation allows our scientists to deliver our gold standard PCR test results quickly and optimally. Their waste services keep our labs clean and running smoothly, meaning we can focus on helping our clients get back to work and protecting their employees.”

Richard Acton

Chief Technical Officer


Initially sub-contracting waste collections, Cignpost were dealing with multiple suppliers to manage their waste.

Following an approach back in October 2020, all waste collection services are now centrally managed by Axil.

With less stress on Cignpost’s internal teams, Axil reacts within short timescales, offering same day collections which were not possible through the subcontractor network.

Innovations and Waste Solutions

This improved approach to efficient collection process saw significant cost savings for Cignpost.

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Axil’s in-house solution provides dedicated vehicles and drivers to Cignpost, ensuring no missed collections and ensures delivery of bins and equipment to the 50+ testing sites.

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A colour-coded waste system has been introduced across the site, supported by an education campaign and Aesica-branded bins.

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Axil has been able to deliver significant savings to Cignpost due to operating the waste collection service on our own wheels and the introduction of three dedicated vehicles and drivers – a solution created specifically for the Cignpost contract.

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Local disposal

A network of local disposal options are identified based on best geographical routing to minimise carbon footprint and ensure minimal waste miles.

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Plastic waste

Account management helped to communicated to staff the importance in filling bin bags to full capacity as cost is incurred per bag. Ensuring bags are full reduces plastic waste and minimises monetary and environmental costs.

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With Axil collection vehicles tracked, drivers ring site locations thirty minutes prior to arrival ensuring no wasted time for Cignpost staff.

Re-engineer your waste


To gain a clearer understanding of your waste operations, we will visit to carry out a detailed site audit.

Our waste management experts will understand your waste streams and the challenges you face— and develop a service proposal tailored to accommodate your needs.

We will explain how our innovative solutions can re-engineer your waste to reduce your costs and increase your recycling.

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