News

28 October 2019

NWH Group partner with the School of Life Science Department at the University of Dundee to provide recycling education

 

We at the NWH Group strongly believe that it is the responsibility of all businesses in the recycling and environmental industries to ensure that our customers and partners understand the importance of recycling.

 

The NWH Group recently hosted a site visit to our Dundee Materials processing site with The sustainability action team for the School of Life Sciences recognises that (SLS). SLS produce a large amount of polymer waste, some of which are not biologically contaminated and therefore are fit for recycling.  The visit was based around looking at how all waste collections are segregated, baled, treated and transported, discussing and looking at best practices on-site at the waste transfer station in Dundee.

 

The visit was arranged by Axel Knebel of the University of Dundee and Willie Sinclair from NWH Group.  Ian Newton arranged transport from the (UoD) and drove the (UoD) staff to the site. The University of Dundee team were met by Willie Sinclair, Kevin Logue & Ronnie Maccrae from NWH. They explained how the facility operates and walked the (UoD) staff through the facility, showing them how the waste collected is processed at site.

 

The NWH Group visitors left with an understanding that most of the plastic waste used by the School Life Sciences department can be recycled. Only those with Hazardous materials and not able to be cleaned out properly would need to be dealt with separately.

 

NWH picks up waste at SLS-Stores daily. Therefore, plastics identified as non-hazardous can be added to the waste collections and segregated for plastic recycling.  All plastics collected by the NWH Dundee site are compacted, baled and transported to a mill (Van Werven, UK) in Selby, England. There, the mix of polymers will be ground up and then the beads are sorted (by density) and can be used again for new products.

 

The team at The University of Dundee said “We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the NWH site in Dundee.  It was a real eye opener in how many different types of waste are collected and how waste has to be collected, separated and prepared prior to disposal being carried out.”