Bristol firm strikes major FM deal with UK leading college

An up and coming Bristol business is celebrating striking a major deal with a significant UK education provider.

Waste Source has won an important contract with City of Bristol College to manage the college’s waste; and will be working together with bespoke Cleaning Services, who will be delivering the commercial cleaning contract for the College.

The four-year deal will see Waste Source working across seven sites in Bristol and the broker will be coordinating five waste service providers, using its industry-leading IT infrastructure.

The contract win represents another positive milestone in what has already been a successful year for Waste Source.

The company, which is based at the Tobacco Factory in Bedminster and employ eight people, was achieving sales of £265k three years ago and is on course for an impressive near 100 per cent increase in turnover compared to last year – with the business projected to hit a record turnover of £2.4m by its financial year end in November.

It counts companies such as Turtle Bay, Boston Tea Party and Oak Furniture Land as clients and manage all of their waste processes in an ethical and transparent way.

Chris Holland, who is founder and director, comments: “We’re naturally delighted to be working with City of Bristol College across multiple sites; as it speaks volumes for us as a business and the level of service and work we deliver.

“We’re well on track for an amazing year in business and are actively recruiting to ensure we remain at the cutting edge as we grow.”

Chris Gwynne, Facilities Manager, at City of Bristol College, comments: “All of our sites are different sizes with different waste requirements and Waste Source and bespoke Cleaning Services offered a sensible and effective solution. Both are the best at what they do and highly professional to deal with.”

Mark Woodall at bespoke Cleaning Services, comments: “bespoke is looking forward to working with Waste Source, as like us they are a stand-out company. It represents a significant milestone for both of us and we’ll work hard to deliver a first-class service.”

Waste Source’s mission statement is to make waste disposal a simpler, cheaper and more effective process for businesses of any size, especially those that operate across multiple locations.


BPI Recycled Products Urges Buyers to Check Refuse Sack Standards

BPI Recycled Products is urging buyers to look for CHSA certified refuse sacks to make sure they always benefit from products that conform to the highest industry standards.

The company is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of refuse sacks, recycling 65,000 tonnes of scrap polythene each year and supplying over 270,000 tonnes of polythene products to customers worldwide.

Too often buyers of plastic refuse sacks have not received what they paid for – for example, refuse sacks are described as Heavy Duty but in reality fall short of this claim on the box.

The CHSA (Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association) represents all the major manufacturers and distributors supplying cleaning and hygiene products in the UK. It has driven up standards, making it possible for buyers of cleaning products like refuse sacks to be sure when they buy accredited products, “what’s on the box is in the box.”

Lorcan Mekitarian, Commercial Director of BPI Recycled Products said: “We believe it’s vitally important for buyers to have confidence in the quality of the sacks that they are purchasing and that they don’t fall foul of misleading their customers.

“Regardless of which supplier they purchase them from, buyers can easily check with the CHSA the ranking of that particular supplier within the scheme and the number of audits carried out on its sacks.

“When you buy refuse sacks from any CHSA accredited member, like BPI Recycled Products, you can be confident you will get exactly what you pay for.”

“There are some company-led standards for refuse sacks but none of them meet the industry-led CHSA Standards, which have transformed the market.”

“Other standards don’t have the same stringent criteria, including rigorous independent assessment and auditing, which the industry should be adhering to in order to get the best products into the hands of our customers.”

He continued: “As a strong advocate of the CHSA Accreditation Scheme, BPI Recycled Products’ entire Green Sack is manufactured to the exacting CHSA Standards.

“Our range of refuse sacks are recognised and trusted by cleaning and healthcare professionals, and our reputation rests on the proven performance of our sacks.”

“That is why we signed up to the CHSA Standards as we believe they are the only truly credible industry standard.”

All CHSA members adhere to the code of practice and, where relevant, the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes for Soft Tissue products, Plastic Refuse Sacks and Industrial Cotton Mops make sure customers get what they pay for.

Each scheme guarantees:

  • Consistency of supply: customers receive what they order
  • Accurate labelling: customers know what is inside the packaging
  • Fully audited manufacturers: customers get what they pay for

Crucially, application to one of the accreditation schemes doesn’t guarantee membership as applicants are only admitted if they pass the initial audit of all their products, labels and quality control procedures conducted by the scheme’s independent inspector.

New members are audited four times in the first year of membership and at least twice annually thereafter. If they fail to meet the standard, they lose their accreditation membership.

BPI Recycled Products manufactures its flagship and award-winning environmental brand, Green Sack™ range from 100% recycled UK farm waste polythene, chosen because of its strength, which results in a superior quality refuse sack.

This range offers performance and environmental benefits and is widely used throughout the foodservice, janitorial and facilities management sectors.

BPI Recycled Products Green Sack range is accompanied by a wider refuse range and healthcare portfolio. This includes sacks for local authorities, hospitals, retail and builders’ merchants.

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Armstrong Ceilings sets another recycling record

Green Omega recycling installers help Armstrong Ceilings to record heights.

A rapidly expanding network of Green Omegas (specialist sub-contractors with equally specialist recycling expertise) has helped Armstrong Ceilings break its recycling records for the second year running.

The manufacturer recycled a total of 142,000m2 last year during which time nine members of Armstrong’s 136-strong Omega network of approved installers proved their recycling expertise to such an extent that they qualified as Green Omegas.

That 142,000m2 equates to 495 tonnes or more than 528 skips which would have cost contractors almost £100,000 in landfill tax.

All of the returned material has been or will be used in the manufacture of new mineral ceiling tiles, saving the company (which does not charge for the service) more than £28,000 in virgin materials.

And not only is the scheme saving contractors money, the Green Omega accreditation is also making them more money.

Installers PFP, based in Edinburgh, have been in business since 1997 and an Armstrong Omega since the millennium while CAP Ceilings and Partitions, based in Exeter, have been in business since 2002 and an Omega since then.

PFP managing director Boyd Sinclair said of the Omega scheme: “The benefits of becoming an Omega installer were the closer working relationship with Armstrong, PFP being recommended to clients by Armstrong for projects, and receipt of project leads from Armstrong.

“We can project ourselves better as a reputable installer of Armstrong products which is of particular benefit when we are competing against labour only sub-contractors as we do come across a number of main contractors trying to weigh up the choice between buying materials direct and using labour-only sub-contractors (self-employed operatives) versus ourselves to procure and install the materials.

“Most labour-only sub-contractors would not be Armstrong Omega certified and so if we can demonstrate to the main contractor that we are a certified installer and a Green one at that this makes a difference. It makes a difference too against those of our competitors who are non-Omegas. It just gives us a bit of an edge against the competition (albeit some main contractors are only looking for the cheapest price).”

The £12 million turnover company became a Green Omega last year on completion of their biggest Armstrong project to date – the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow – where 10,000m2 or 35 tonnes of mineral ceiling tile off-cuts were recycled over the two years for main contractor Brookfield Multiplex.

Gary Mortimer, project surveyor for PFP, said then: “The sheer size and complexity of this project could have made it an extremely challenging one but the recycling element, particularly with Skipeez on board, went very smoothly. We had never used such a variety of Armstrong systems before on one project but thanks to the level of support we received from Armstrong’s local sales and technical teams and the distributor, we managed to deliver a project we are all very proud of.”

CAP, who had recycled plasterboard walls before, also became a Green Omega last year after recycling 7,000m2 of old tiles and new tile off-cuts from an office block in Bristol for main contractor Midas.

Director Gary Rice said of that: “It was a very tight, congested site so the logistics were challenging.”

Of the Green Omega scheme, PFP’s Boyd Sinclair said: “It is definitely worthwhile getting involved. It provides us as a sub-contractor with a very easy route to recycling our off-cuts. It also allows us to add another element to our recycling strategy as we also currently recycle our plasterboard waste on a number of projects.

“Armstrong are streaks ahead of the competition when it comes to their commitment to recycling mineral ceilings within the industry. They have ensured that their distribution partners (our suppliers) are fully on board with the scheme and this allows us to work as a team to ensure waste is diverted from landfill.

“As more and more main contractors are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious working with Armstrong allows us to present this as a selling point to the client which places Armstrong’s products ahead of the competition and gives us an edge over the competition. At this stage it isn’t easy to quantify the benefits, especially not in terms of turnover, but it is definitely a strong advantage and selling point for everyone involved in the scheme.”

Gary Rice added: “The benefits of being an Omega member are the recognition, being a recommended installer of the market leader. The support from Armstrong has certainly helped us to grow the business from ground zero to £8 million.”

And of being a Green Omega, he said: “We are very conscious of our environmental impact so it helps us with that and it helps that we can demonstrate that to our clients. We are looked upon more favorably by clients because we have the recycling system in place.

“It’s a no brainer as there are no cost implications but it helps us with cost reduction to a certain point in that we can monitor our waste more and also know that hopefully when the tiles go back in it helps to bring down the cost of new tiles.”

Of the future for ceiling recycling, PFP’s Boyd Sinclair said: “The momentum needs to be kept up although with the size of Armstrong as a global player and their commitment to drive this through as a USP for their business this should not be a problem.

“The challenge, which is also an opportunity, is to get more sites taking advantage of the scheme as some main contractors are more conscientious than others. It really comes down to Armstrong and the Green Omegas spreading the word. Commonly when it works on one site that site team/company take the system/process forward to the next one and before long it is the norm or is incorporated into the way they run their sites. So with time it should become common practice.”

CAP’s Gary Rice added: “It is making main contractors aware that this is available to them and that we are able to help with that. I think Armstrong have done a good job of covering it off – they are even taking other manufacturer’s ceiling tiles back now. As for the future, perhaps recycling of the grid systems should be next on the agenda and more ways of using off-cuts actually on site, perhaps for additional acoustic flanking.”

The other Armstrong Omegas to become Green Omegas last year are Dancor, DV McColl, East Midlands Ceilings, Eastledge, ISEC, Oatley Ceilings and Richard Kemble.


CSG on campus to handle hazardous laboratory waste


The University of Leeds has handed Fareham-based waste managers CSG a two-year contract to remove and treat all hazardous chemical waste from the university’s laboratory complex.

CSG chemists will visit the university campus four times a year to list, label and pack the waste taken from faculties and services across the campus.
It will be transported to CSG’s hazardous waste facility at Cadishead near Manchester where it will be treated in readiness for disposal or reuse.

The Cadishead site is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the UK and has been developed to handle some of industry’s most hazardous by-products including waste from many of the North West’s leading chemical companies.

The company recently launched a campaign encouraging facilities producing chemical waste – much of it toxic, flammable and corrosive – to detox their laboratories on a regular basis.

CSG operates a mobile facility specialising in the collection and transport of packaged hazardous waste which can often present a high risk to waste producers and requires special handling.

Its clients include schools and universities, research centres, government departments and pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers.

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Reducing food waste

Paul Killoughery, Managing Director of Bio Collectors.

Food waste is receiving more attention in the media, and has also been stepped up on the political agenda with Westminster’s own disposal methods in the spotlight. This can only be positive for the environment in the long term, but we think there needs to be more pressure on FM managers in commercial buildings to control waste disposal. While not a new issue, we need to encourage those in decision-making positions to toe the line when it comes to correct and environmentally-friendly waste disposal. The industry must be educated on the best methods of waste disposal in order for change to occur.

Reducing food waste is one avenue towards a more sustainable future, and this can be achieved through working with in-house catering staff or contractors to identify opportunities such as tighter control over the ordering of working lunches; active management of the quantities cooked in canteens; and better stock ordering. However, there will always be leftover waste and it is what is done with it that is paramount to the future of the environment.

Once a more popular option, landfill has become unfeasible from both an environmental and cost perspective. Unfortunately, this has pushed some companies towards incinerating food waste instead. While the price (£70-80 per tonne) and ease of incineration might be appealing, it is still a damaging the environment through the carbon emissions and fact that ash still needs to be sent to landfill.

To put it into perspective, incinerators emit more carbon dioxide per unit of electricity than coal-fired power plants. Although energy is produced, the resulting emissions have a negative effect on the environment. Food and drink waste accounts for 20 percent of the UK’s CO2eq emissions, so it’s clear that we need to be looking for much greener processes.

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is one of the most attractive options, providing a renewable source of energy. It dramatically reduces the impact on the environment, while producing rich fertiliser that farmers, at the start of the food chain, can use to improve crop harvests. It also produces energy without creating any by-products. With the government granting permission over the last couple of years for heavy investment in AD plants, they are increasingly becoming an option that companies can’t ignore. So the questions is, why are the more harmful processes still used by so many?

One of the main reasons is the perceived cost and additional effort involved. For food waste to be recycled it needs to be collected separately to other general waste. It’s a fairly simple concept, but one that does require new processes and equipment. Restaurants have been doing it for some time, and households are getting better following the introduction of kerbside caddies. However, commercial properties are lagging behind, with vast quantities of food and drink from sites literally going up in smoke at incineration plants.

Once a system of separation is implemented, the business can almost sit back and relax. Our company can collect the waste and ensure it is properly recycled. On the face of it it’s a very simple process, and one that can be introduced relatively quickly. It is the recycler itself that bears the brunt of the work – taking the waste, processing it into sludge and pasteurising it to kill any bacteria. After three weeks of holding the waste an AD plant has produced the fertiliser and pumped methane gas back into the national grid.

The beauty is sending food waste to an AD plant is that it is allot cheaper – almost half the price of incineration. Another bonus is that when large companies use us for their food waste collection, they have the option of buying the gas produced during the process back to utilise as energy in their own businesses. So, despite having a set up cost when introducing new processes and bins to separate waste, there are long terms gains for your bottom line and the environment.

Ultimately we all want to reduce food waste. The best case scenario is that we simply eat everything, but the reality is that there will always be leftovers that need to be disposed of. We need to educate those holding key FM positions, who are responsible for waste management, on the cost and environmental benefits of recycling food. This will help them make better informed decisions about what to do with waste at their sites and stop food waste from going up in smoke.


Turning the Spotlight on Food and Furnishings

Steve Eminton, editor of discusses how to implement successful schemes for re-use and recycling across major estates.

Facilities managers are leading the way with the green transformation of estates, and considering the huge financial savings that can be made it’s no surprise. Alongside the introduction of renewable energy schemes, the FM sector has made great headway in two key areas of resource use: food and furniture.


Food waste has been under the spotlight in recent years, with shocking statistics emerging about the amount of food that gets thrown away each year by businesses and households. Plate waste from cafeterias and restaurants can be notoriously tricky to deal with due to contamination from packaging and even cutlery, yet estates managers are finding it’s worth persevering with.

Here’s why:

1. Reduced landfill costs – food waste tends to be heavier than most other waste streams due to the amount of water it contains. Waste management contracts are often priced according to weight, as disposal costs are determined by tonnage rather than volume. By reducing the amount of food in the general waste stream, overall waste disposal costs can be cut dramatically.

2. Maximising the value of recyclable materials – a tonne of paper, plastics, glass or metal each has a particular market value, largely determined by the cleanliness of the waste stream. Paper, for example, cannot be recycled if it is contaminated with wet wastes such as food, and so cannot be sold to the recycling industry. The rebates that can be recovered for recyclable materials therefore depend on the quality and cleanliness of those materials. Keeping food waste out of the dry materials bins maximises the value of these recyclable waste streams – and can make a big difference to the cost of a waste contract.

3. Food redistribution schemes – unsold food that is still suitable for human consumption can be redistributed via charitable organisations to homeless shelters and other groups in need. Charities such as FareShare have formed hundreds of partnerships with different types of food outlets, reducing disposal costs and providing corporate responsibility benefits.

4. Re-use of materials – starch-rich surplus foodstuffs can be recovered, reprocessed and converted into high quality ingredients for use in animal feed. When this option is not possible, food waste can be treated in anaerobic digestion facilities and converted into biogas, which in turn is used to generate clean electricity.

Some large estates have been very successful with their food waste schemes. The secret, they say, is investing enough time in working with tenants and making sure they understand the rules and the benefits to the bottom line. Staff participation is key, as is making sure bins are monitored and emptied regularly.


Furnishings are another major area in which facilities management professionals have been pioneering new green approaches – and reducing costs in the process.

Internal re-use schemes have become easily deliverable with web-based platforms that document and track items through the company. The main challenge with any internal re-use programme is storage, but where space exists it can pay for itself within a matter of months.

Ultimately, it’s far cheaper to store unwanted furniture for re-use, than it is to pay to have furniture taken away, and then pay for new furniture. Standardising procurement, so for example, all new chairs and tables have to be of a certain design, can make re-use schemes much easier to implement in the long run.

Research has shown that a typical breakdown of a container-load of non-residential furniture is 50% re-usable instantly, with a further 25% re-usable with a little repair.

Estates managers usually assign an individual to the role of inspecting and cataloguing items, and adding a photo and brief detail to an internal website. When staff need to purchase new equipment they are required first of all to check the catalogue for the item they’re looking for.

This saves each department money, as well as reducing disposal costs. The carbon benefits can also be calculated, giving a positive environmental and economic story to share with staff, customers and investors.

Celebrating resource efficiency success

By addressing the two key resource flows of food waste and furniture, facilities managers are demonstrating that doing good for the environment and doing good for the business go hand in hand.

Environmental programmes are no longer considered niche, and if packaged correctly it’s possible to persuade even the most business-hardened directors that re-use and recycling are the way forward for any successful business.

As an added incentive, successful environmental programmes can also win awards. The Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management, organised by, celebrate positive resource management examples from UK businesses, and are free to enter. To find out more visit


Effective recycling and waste management in the workplace


As the legislative landscape around waste management and recycling continues to shift in line with the EU drive to become more environmentally friendly, it is important for FM professionals to be aware of current and upcoming changes and how these are likely to affect clients. Alastair Little, head of corporate accounts at Biffa, outlines the key waste and recycling issues for FMs.

Since 1st January 2015, UK waste regulations have required businesses that recycle to fully segregate their waste into general waste and recyclables in a bid to improve the quantity and quality of recycling materials.

This change is in line with the commitments set out in the EU Waste Framework Directive, requiring all Member States to implement measures to ensure four key waste materials – paper/card, metals, glass and plastic – are collected separately from other waste for recycling.

With this in mind, adopting a holistic view of waste management in the workplace is now more important than ever for FMs. Waste solutions need to be site specific –   tailored to closely manage waste and recyclables that are coming in and going out, to ensure maximum efficiency.

  1. Responsibility for segregation

Current regulations mean it is now the legal responsibility of waste collection companies and authorities – rather than the businesses which produce the waste – to ensure appropriate arrangements are made to facilitate separate collection.

While these new UK regulations affecting England, Wales and Northern Ireland do not legally require the waste producer to segregate materials, those in Scotland do.

The ‘Zero Waste Scotland’ legislation, which came into effect in January 2014, imposed regulations on the producer of the waste to segregate recyclables, meaning Scottish businesses must carry out segregated recycling by law.

Although businesses across the rest of the UK are currently not legally required to segregate their waste in the same way – only waste collectors are subject to the legislation – it is likely that more onus will be pushed onto the producer in the near future.

  1. TEEP Requirements

The European Waste Framework Directive sets out clear requirements on dealing with waste only where it is ‘Technically, Environmentally and Economically Practicable’ – TEEP.

This means that where the collection of segregated waste materials would involve excessive costs, additional emissions from transport (from a waste collector having to travel long distances to pick it up), or another associated technical complication, it is not necessary to comply with the legislation.

To ensure that collections meet these TEEP requirements, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has produced a handy route map. External waste management partners can also offer advice on this.

  1. The cost implications

FM professionals who have waste management services as part of their Soft FM or Total FM contracts need to be aware of the possible cost implications that these legislative changes may bring to their contractual agreements and renegotiate and amend them as required.

It is likely that increased segregation of a facility’s recyclable waste streams could lead to additional costs. This is important to address, particularly where FM contracts are priced as a whole package, with waste being just one part, typically five per cent of the total FM costs.

However, once a robust segregated waste and recycling plan is in place, FMs can offset costs with the financial rewards that will arise from effective management of recyclable waste materials.

  1. Being environmentally friendly

Improving the approach to waste management is not just about complying with legislation; many clients are increasingly driven by environmental targets and are therefore asking more of their FM professionals to ensure they provide the most carbon efficient and environmentally positive solution.

Waste is also moving higher up the agenda in FM tenders, and while it remains a small expense in comparison to cleaning, catering or security costs, the green credentials associated with effective waste management are strong – good news for a business’ top line.

  1. Educating employees

One of the challenges faced by FMs is making sure that both their own cleaning staff and client employees working on the sites are informed of the recycling solutions available to them.

In larger businesses, it is often beneficial to appoint ‘waste experts’ responsible for monitoring compliance and seen as the go-to internal person to educate or remind staff of their recycling obligations.

Training cleaning staff is key as they are generally the people who are transferring the waste from internal bins to the external containers. Therefore, they need to ensure that they understand the journey of waste and the importance of segregation. This can be as simple as using the correct bags internally and then transferred into the correct external container.

In addition, a knowledge of what can and cannot be recycled and how to maximise capacity in the external bins is vital, for example, breaking down cardboard boxes to ensure there is more space and to avoid unnecessary collections.



New spill control kits protect the environment

bull-productsSafety and security specialists Bull Products have just extended their comprehensive range of spill control products for use in commerce and industry.

Under the brand name Spilla-Bull™, the Bull Products range of spill control products allow companies and organisations to protect the environment wherever they operate. There are a host of different absorbent products for oil, maintenance, chemical, marine and spill containment.

The newly added products provide several spill control kits which, grouped together, have everything needed for any emergency spill situation. The first of these is an emergency Spill Control Centre which is a self contained first responder station, having a sealed cabinet housing spill control products for fast and easy deployment. These Spill Control Centres can be tailored to individual requirements to provide spill absorbents for oil, maintenance or chemical spills. There is also the option of corporate branding to project company image on premises.

The second spill control kit from Bull Products is a Shoulder Bag in bright yellow to provide a fast emergency response on site. The bag contains a variety of absorbent materials, including different size pads, socks, pillows and hazardous waste bags all intended for oil only spills and hazards. The hydrophobic technology of the materials means that they are completely water repellent and will only absorb oils and fuels.

The third spill kit in the new range is a yellow emergency wheeled Spill Kit Bin. Coming in two sizes of 120 litres and 240 litres capacity, the emergency Spill Kit Bins contain large quantities of pads, socks, pillows and hazardous waste bags for fast emergency deployment wherever needed. Versions are available for oil only, general maintenance and chemical spills.

As an accredited ISO 14001 company themselves, Bull Products has high environmental standards and many years’ experience and knowledge in the spill control field to ensure that companies and organisations comply with current law and legislation whilst protecting the environment in increasingly demanding circumstances.  Its current safety products catalogue includes 20 pages devoted to a wide variety of spill control products which the company has created to help organisations keep spill products and equipment in place to guard against potential spill hazards when emergencies arise.

Further information on spill control products is available from Bull Products on 0844 669 1111, by emailing or by visiting the company’s website at

Bull Products is supported by Vantage PR


Sewage treatment plant helps popular country hotel expand its capacity

One year on from the installation of a market leading sewage treatment plant at a Devonshire country hotel and business is booming thanks to the capacity to now cater for extra guests.

Deer Park Country Hotel in Devon installed the sewage treatment plant in March last year after local contractor, Water and Drainage Services, contacted Peterlee based company Premier Tech Aqua to   install its marketing leading Conder SAF sewage treatment plant. One year on and the system has provided significant improvements to the hotels drainage system and the amount of guests they are now able to cater for.

At the time of installation the hotel was undergoing some renovation work in order to expand its accommodation as well as developing plans to rapidly expand the number of weddings it could cater for. However a connection to a two stage brick build septic tank, constructed originally for the country house building, meant the systems lacked the capacity to cope with an increased number of residents and guests.

A number of options were explored including the possibility of connecting the hotel to mains drainage, over a kilometre away, but with an estimated annual cost of sewage disposal in the region of £20,000 the costly option was quickly rejected.

Other possibilities included connecting the septic tank to a reed bed but the regular maintenance and gravel replacement of this option meant the hotel wanted a more long term, hassle free solution.

Premier Tech Aqua’s marketing leading Conder SAF 200 Package Sewage Treatment Plant became the preferred option together with a new 1750 litre Conder Grease Trap that would protect the new system when installed. The new tank required minimal space, causes little disruption to the surrounding environment and produces all effluent at a higher standard than that required by the Environment Agency, now running from a small tributary into the River Otter.

This ease of use is also combined with the advantages of the Conder Grease Trap which has meant that, many of the storm water pipes that had previously led to the old system, have been redirected.

The plant was ordered with a 6 week lead time and was delivered one week early, allowing time for the Conder Grease Trap to be installed.

David Selley, business owner at Water and Drainage Services said “This project is a prime example of how sewage treatment plants can substantially help commercial properties such as hotels and leisure parks expand and cater for more guests and residents. It also demonstrates how the flexibility of sewage treatment plants can be a very cost effective and environmentally friendly solution to those businesses that have extension plans and don’t want these to be hampered prohibited by high alteration costs.”

 Throughout the design and installation process, Premier Tech Aqua worked very closely to ensure business continued at the hotel and that the core business requirements of its current and planned expansion remained forefront of thinking.

“We knew how business critical this installation was to the Deer Park Hotel, said Stuart Wray, MD at Premier Tech Aqua, “both in terms of maintaining business as usual but also – through this system – effectively enabling the business to deliver on its exciting expansion plans. Getting the tank to site a week early meant we were absolutely sure this business could continue to function and move forward in line with all its plans.”

 Premier Tech Aqua is based in Peterlee, County Durham and is a world leader in onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment, water storage and rain water harvesting solutions. The company specialises in the design and manufacturing of innovative and durable products for the residential, commercial, municipal and industrial markets.



Renowned Recycling Recognition Awards Open for Entry


2015 winners and finalists

Showcasing Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management

The prestigious Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management are now open for 2016 entries.

The Awards for Excellence recognise success and reward excellence in recycling and waste management, showcasing best practice and innovative approaches to improving the way resources are managed. Entries are welcomed from commercial organisations across all vertical industry sectors, local authorities, individuals and the community sector.

The awards, organised by the Environment Media Group, are free to enter and encompass a broad range of categories. These include Circular Economy Success, Retail Recycling Champion, Collection Crew of the Year, Design of a Waste Management Facility and Recycling Business of the Year. The awards culminate in a glittering awards ceremony, hosted by a high profile celebrity, at the five-star Landmark Hotel in London on 19 May 2016.

Steve Eminton, editor of, said: “The Awards for Excellence ceremony is very impressive and boosts recognition for everyone involved. Previous winners have included Intu Chapelfield Shopping Centre, New York Bakery in partnership with Biffa IRM, and Telefonica O2. Entries enjoy strong ambassador support from high profile sector partners. This year’s supporters include Biffa, Repic, Smart Solutions and Taylor. We welcome submissions from across all industry sectors, including partnership entries showing cross industry collaboration to keep materials out of landfill.”

The award categories are as follows:

  • Retail recycling champion
  • Circular economy success
  • Waste management initiative in the commercial and public sector
  • Design of a waste management facility
  • Collection crew of the year
  • The best community recycling initiative
  • Recycling business of the year
  • Civic amenity site of the year
  • The best local authority recycling initiative
  • Local authority recycling champion
  • Zero waste platinum award

Entrants have until 4th March 2016 to submit their 500 word entry for the judges’ consideration. With a broad selection of categories to choose from, those ahead of their field are strongly encouraged to take part in the recycling ‘Oscars’.

For the full list of criteria and entry guidelines, visit the awards website at or contact Daniella Jarvie-Thomas at Environment Media Group by emailing or call 020 7633 4524.