AIS was tasked with not only removing costs from the site on a long-term basis, but also increasing recycling levels and rebates, as well as introducing labour saving devices and practices.
We introduced enhanced segregation for Dry Mixed Recycling and Plastics. Due to the nature of the products manufactured there can be over 20 different types of plastic that require segregation. All grades/types are sorted by our team in direct liaison with the Aesica production team.
AIS manually sorts general waste at our transfer station building onsite to remove any recyclable material.
Food waste is collected from the canteen. This was achieved after a staff consultation to determine volumes and best practice collection methods. All of the food waste is bagged into bio-degradable and sent to an Anaerobic Digestion facility.
Two balers on-site produce mill-sized bales of cardboard and plastic film. These are sold on the open market at optimum levels of rebate (space is restricted on site) which is shared with Aesica. Hard sheet plastics are palletised and sold for a rebate.
We have also introduced a weekly service for Hazardous Pharmaceutical waste. This waste stream is sent to a High-Temperature Incinerator for destruction. Due to the design of the HTI, energy is recovered from the destruction process and used for district heating.
As a consequence, we provide Aesica a Recovery-Code for this waste which improves their environmental credentials.
- AIS has recommissioned a machine that separates plastic rims from cardboard kegs. These kegs were previously being sent to landfill and now we split the two and recycle the plastic, cardboard and metal clips. Aesica receive rebates for these streams.
- We have trialed the use of vacuum packing pharmaceutical solid waste to reduce the waste volume and consequently reduce the number of collections.
- Introduction of a colour-coded system for all wastes across the site. Supported by an education campaign and all bins are branded ‘Aesica’ and not AIS.
- Found recycling route for single use pallets which used to go to landfill.
- Introduction of clearly designated waste recycling stations. Each station has signage which provides simple, clear information on the correct location for each container type and the correct waste contents.
- Improved efficiencies on transport to save £5k per annum
- Improved rebates by over 10% versus the market
- Construction of a waste compound to consolidate activities and increase efficiency – this has saved £3k per annum on rentals.
- Implementation of two-way radios for our operatives
- Re-commissioning of the Aesica Tank Farm to enable bulk collections, reducing collections and reducing costs.
- Over the last four years that AIS have been on site, Non-Conformance Reports for contaminated waste loads have fallen by 80% through improved site education.
- We have completed multiple tank cleaning projects to time and budget
- Successful accreditation by British Standards Institute for ISO
- Successful audits by the Environment Agency and Food Drug Administration