Veolia facility to manage hazardous waste 09 May 2024

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Veolia is launching a facility based in Avonmouth, near Bristol, to meet the demand for the safe management of hazardous waste streams in the South West.

The facility – designed to accept a range of hazardous wastes – is expected to be operational in spring 2024. With a capacity of 6,500 tonnes per year, the facility will provide a range of services, including a mobile chemist service to ensure wastes are safely segregated and compliantly packed and labelled ready for transportation.

The facility will accept and store a range of package palletised waste, including kegs and drums. It will also manage wastes such as aerosols and gas cylinders, non-hazardous materials, and materials categorised as flammable, toxic, corrosive and oxidising. By acting as a local hub, it will enable access to Veolia’s range of recycling, treatment and disposal facilities.

The Avonmouth facility will serve a range of customers producing packaged oily wastes from vehicle maintenance and engineering sites, laboratory wastes from research and development facilities, production wastes from all types of manufacturing operations, and materials from household waste recycling centres. The site will include a new laboratory and designed waste storage areas used to segregate each item based on its potential hazards, physical and chemical properties. These facilities will ensure correct identification, storage and movement of waste to the most appropriate recycling, treatment and disposal locations.

The transfer site will be supported by Veolia’s mobile chemist service, Chempac, for segregation, labelling, packing, collection and treatment and disposal of hazardous and laboratory chemical wastes, to ensure compliance and safety for customers. Waste streams will be tracked by Veolia’s cloud based system that will ensure compliance and traceability.

Nicola Henshaw, director hazardous waste at Veolia UK said: "To ensure we protect people and the environment, complex and hazardous waste streams need to have strictly controlled collection and treatment solutions, and our new facility will deliver extended depollution capabilities to the South West region. By using the latest cost-effective solutions, gained from our expert teams, we will be able to offer an advanced and compliant local service that will meet the growing need in the area."

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