Veolia is bolstering its hazardous waste capacity in the north east of England with the establishment of a state-of-the-art Hazardous Waste Transfer Station in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The new facility which is located on a secure site has been designed to cater to the needs of the chemical, agrochemical, pharmaceutical, and petrochemical industries in the region, offering a comprehensive range of compliant recycling and treatment options for hazardous waste.
The addition of the facility to Veolia’s portfolio enhances the environmental services provider’s existing network of six hazardous waste transfer stations, reinforcing its ability to deliver a full suite of services. These services encompass on-site assistance in waste classification and packaging, collection directly from the point of production, on-site transfer and consolidation, as well as off-site transportation, treatment, and recycling.
Positioned as a central hub for handling complex waste streams, the dedicated site incorporates a new laboratory equipped for thorough analysis and identification of waste materials. Each item is meticulously segregated based on potential hazards, physical attributes, and chemical properties. This meticulous approach ensures accurate classification, proper storage, and movement in strict compliance with local geographical legislation.
According to Veolia, the facility provides all necessary regulatory documents for pre-acceptance and disposal. After analysis, the waste streams are directed to the appropriate treatment process, which may involve specialist solvent recycling, fuel blending, oil recycling, inorganic treatment, or High Temperature Incineration. Advanced treatment enables waste to be processed at the very top of the waste hierarchy.
Donald Macphail, Chief Operating Officer – Treatment at Veolia, emphasises the significance of effective and compliant management of waste generated by today’s key industries. He says, “The expansion of Veolia’s capabilities in the north east means we will now be able to increase the efficiency for all our customers in the region.” Macphail also underscores the role of cutting-edge technologies in optimising waste treatment, emphasising how they enable waste to be elevated within the waste hierarchy while reducing its carbon impact.
The new facility enlarges Veolia’s medical waste management capacity in the United Kingdom by an additional 15,000 tonnes annually and is supported by the first end-to-end cloud-based system that has been designed to ensure compliance and traceability for hazardous waste.