Supporting the Circular Economy with Equipment Recycling
Wessex Cleaning Equipment is claiming an industry-first following the introduction of a janitorial machine recycling program which sends nothing to landfill.
Millions of tonnes of plastics are used and thrown away in the UK every year, with a large majority making its way to landfill sites where they continue to pollute the environment. Furthermore, this waste can end up littering the natural environment, which in turn pollutes soils, rivers and oceans.
The company’s zero landfill solution is designed for all types and sizes of janitorial machinery, and is targeted at facilities managers as well as their clients by presenting a solution for removing all plastic and components from retired or non-functional janitorial machinery.
On request, service engineers can first attempt to repair non-functional machinery to give it a new lease of life before recycling. However, when this is not possible, the company will remove and processed equipment for recycling under the new scheme which facilitates a circular approach to machine end-of-life management.
Businesses participating in the scheme receive an Asset Report that details what machinery has been collected and processed, a Material Breakdown report which shows materials used in the manufacturing of machines that were recovered during disassembly, and a full recycling report once all components are at their end-of-life stage.
Any materials that cannot be fully recycled are moved to an “Energy from Waste” facility where they produce electricity, power, and heat which offers customers a Circular Solution (by “releasing” energy). Residual material is used for road building as a composite in aggregates, or as building materials in the construction industry.
Matthew Rogers, the company’s marketing manager who has been involved in developing the programme, explains: “The FM sector is increasingly competitive, and we must work to put our customers at the leading edge of innovation regarding bids and contracts. As service-users look to our customers for more environmental, sustainable, and innovative solutions, our business must adapt and support them.
“Wessex customers will now be able to offer their clients a zero-landfill solution for all their machines, as part of their service, which gives our customers the edge over their competition.”