Prova has been working hard over the past few months preparing to launch a new £10million hazardous waste transfer and recycling facility for client Remondis in Prescot, Merseyside. Believed to be the most advanced facility of its kind in Europe, the plant will be able to process up to 69,000 tonnes of material, such as photographic film, paints, oils, cleaning products and laboratory smalls, each year.
On Thursday 30th May, Prova hosted a preview visit for key stakeholders, including the Environment Agency and the Environmental Services Association, as well as local dignitaries including the Mayor of Knowsley and local MPs. The day enabled guests to find out more about the state-of-the-art plant and how it brings a closed loop approach to processing hazardous material.
Remondis aims to return as much material as possible to the commercial cycle by operating a complete chain of services; from logistics and sorting, via pre-treatment and preparation, to the marketing of the reclaimed raw materials and fuels. The company also owns and manages its own logistics and plant networks.
David Winstanley, managing director at Remondis UK, comments: “With more than four decades’ experience in the UK market; we are confident that this investment will benefit the country’s economy. It will see our operational capacity increase by more than 330 per cent, allowing for the safe and professional processing, transfer and treatment of significant volumes of hazardous and non-hazardous waste material. The site will be operational 24/7, 365 days per year, which means that, as well as managing standard waste streams, we can also handle emergency spillage operations.”
After his visit to the facility, Environment Agency Director for the North West, Steve Moore, said: “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 this facility is anything to go by, Remondis can only be good for the economy and good for the environment.”
This site is the first new build, fully compliant SG 506 site in the UK, and is believed to be the best example of its kind in Europe. David Winstanley adds: “Throughout the build, we have maintained the principle of Best Available Technique (BAT) and this means that we are able to deliver ‘total’ containment. All waste is handled within purpose-built structures with full monitoring systems for air and liquid waste emissions, which ensures nothing leaves the site without being checked.”
Prova also continues to work on the grand opening of the plant, which is due to take place in July.