REMONDIS UK has begun operations at its new hazardous waste recycling plant in Prescot in the north west of the UK. Strategically located in Merseyside between the industrial centres of Liverpool and Manchester, this facility will play an important role managing waste from its many municipal, commercial and industrial customers from the region and beyond.
The new facility is considered to be the most advanced of its kind in Europe and can process up to 69,000 tonnes. A whole range of materials will be able to be transferred and recycled here – from residual paints and varnishes, industrial solutions and oils to laboratory waste and many other types of wastes that need to be handled and treated with particular care. As a result, the plant is filling a gap in the recycling market in this region whose largest cities, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, have always been among the most important industrial cities in Europe, and not just since the Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century.
The new plant in Prescot
The subject of sustainability is, of course, a guiding principle in the United Kingdom as well – a subject that has been influencing REMONDIS' business activities for many years now. The goal both here and there is to recover as many materials as possible from the waste so that they can be returned to the commercial cycle. To be able to do this, REMONDIS provides its customers in the UK with a complete chain of modern services – from collecting, transporting and recycling the waste to marketing the reclaimed raw materials.
This recycling plant in Prescot will see REMONDIS UK's operational capacity increase by more than 330%. The facility guarantees the safe and professional transfer and recycling of significant volumes of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Operating 24/7, 365 days a year, it is also in the best possible position to handle emergency spillages at its industrial customers and so prevent such accidents from having a negative impact on the environment. Complying with the strictest of environmental standards, the recycling and treatment processes are carried out using state-of-the-art technology. A full monitoring system for air and liquid waste emissions ensures that nothing leaves the site without being checked. Around 40 members of REMONDIS' staff have moved from the company's site in Bolton to the new Carr Lane plant and new jobs have also been created. Thanks to the opening of the new plant, REMONDIS has contributed to further growth in the region.
The recycling processes meet the strictest of environmental standards.
Steve Moore, director of the North West Environment Agency, was impressed by the new site: “It is fantastic to see a global business like REMONDIS starting to make a real impact in the UK. The site here at Prescot, Merseyside, will obviously set a new benchmark for the hazardous waste industry. The thinking that has gone into the design of this plant is exceptional – both in terms of creating an effective business process and keeping environmental protection at its heart. We look forward to working with REMONDIS on this and its wider investment into the waste industry in the UK. If Carr Lane is anything to go by, REMONDIS can only be good for the economy and good for the environment.”
”If Carr Lane is anything to go by, REMONDIS can only be good for the economy and good for the environment.”
Steve Moore, Director of the North West Environment Agency
His Worshipful The Mayor of Knowsley, Councillor Brian O’Hare, appreciated the high environmental standards of the facility and underlined just how important such an investment is for the local job market: “I was very impressed by the high standard of the facilities and the layout of the plant, as well as all of the measures which REMONDIS has put in place to cater for any eventuality. In addition, I welcome the recruitment process which has ensured employment for local people, as well as developing a knowledge base in Merseyside for the unique process being carried out to ensure the recovery of materials for recycling or reuse in other industries.”