Becora Estates Ltd, a London based property company specialising in offering industrial units to businesses all over the UK, contacted W2R when an existing plastics recycling company went into administration and left the site with over 600 tonnes of plastics and waste on-site.
The Environment Agency attended site with a view of issuing an enforcement notice, as a result of this, coupled with the infestation of pests, W2R were requested to project manage the recovery and removal of the materials on-site alongside the Environment Agencies timelines and conditions to ensure the enforcement notice would not be issued.
Paul Danks, Director at Waste2Resource commented:
W2R have been working with landlords for the past few years as this has been an reoccurring concern for them. Clearing the site and recovering materials for recycling in the most cost effective method ensuring compliance with the Environment Agency is of the utmost importance in these situations. We demonstrated this with the result being that we surrounded the exception certificate with the Environment Agency and handed the site back to the landlord.
Having analyzed the time scales issued by the landlord and the Environment Agency to clear the site, time was of the essence. The methodical view carried out was to remove all materials that could be recycled via W2R’s processing network to ensure that the materials wouldn’t become contaminated as W2R were removing waste maximizing rebate values fully. This involved the hand separation of wood, paper, metal and plastics on site.
We then tackled the remainder of the waste on-site with a small team of labourers and two loading machines loading walking floor trailers that were on continuous turnaround everyday until the site was clear. To surround the exception certificate we swept the site by hand to ensure the site was returned to the same condition prior to the operations by the vacating company.
- In spite of both the tight budget and restricted timescale set, W2R managed to clear the site 2 weeks prior to the deadline set.
- Recovery of 35% of the waste streams on site achieved.
- Recovery of waste destined for landfill, resulted in a project saving of approximately £18,000.
- The surround of the exception certification meant the landlord was in a position for re-rent/lease their property.