21st May 2013
Albion Environmental is pleased to announce the completion of a Compositional Waste Analysis for Scottish Borders Council.
The data provided by a Compositional Waste Analysis can be a key tool for local authorities and waste management companies to:
• To monitor and improve existing recycling schemes,
• To implement and develop new recycling schemes,
• To assess the input materials and the quality of recycled products in Materials Recycling and Treatment Facilities.
The work completed for Borders Council
included an analysis of residual waste from two Community Recycling Centres and an analysis of kerbside collected municipal waste from a sample of 150 households within the council area.
The data provided can be used to assess the Councils existing recycling schemes and to identify opportunities to further increase diversion rates in line with Scotland’s zero waste agenda.
Albion Environmental is an experienced provider of Waste Analysis services to local authorities, waste management companies and producers of commercial and industrial waste. Other recent Waste Analysis work conducted by Albion Environmental has included:
• Analysis of input waste at two MBT plants for Shanks Cumbria
• Analysis of various recycled products at an Avondale
Environmental MRF facility,
• Analysis of Recycled Dense Plastic Product quality at various locations for Entropex.
For further information about Compositional Waste Analysis services please contact
Alasdair Meldrum – Director
07789 902 678
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14th May 2013
Albion Environmental is pleased to announce another successful BSI audit for Levenseat’s ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. Albion Environmental has assisted in the development and maintenance of the Environmental Management System since 2008 by providing internal audits and continued support.
Levenseat is a rapidly expanding Waste Management company offering a variety of recycling and disposal solutions. Their ISO 14001 Environmental Management System is now half way through the second cycle of the three year re-certification and is accredited by BSI.
Albion Environmental specialise in providing Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety Management Systems for construction and waste management clients to the standards:
• BS EN ISO 9001:2008, Quality Management System
• BS EN ISO 14001:2004, Environmental Management System
• BS EN ISO 18001:2007, Occupational Health and Safety Management System
For more information about Management Systems and how they could benefit your company please contact:
Alasdair Meldrum – Director
07789 902 678
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05th Apr 2013
Another Albion Environmental Employee gains CIWM Membership.
In March, Jonathan Love, QUENSH advisor and Monitoring Manager successfully completed his CIWM interview to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management.
Jonathan joins members of experienced Albion Environmental Team including Alasdair Meldrum, Sam Grant & Gerry McCabe as a fully fledged member of the CIWM.
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), is the professional body which represents waste and resource professionals working in the sustainable waste and resource management sectors worldwide. CIWM sets the professional standards for individuals working in the industry and has various grades of membership determined by education, qualification and experience.
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27th Mar 2013
WAMITAB made their 6 monthly External Verification visit to Albion Environmental Ltd. This was another positive visit for Albion.
The visit was review and ensure that all the necessary documentation was in place. The WAMITAB verifier was impressed with the centre setup noted in her report
“This Centre is well run and to a high standard, using extensive and robust systems, clear strategy and plans. Internal verification is provided in a supportive manner with constructive feedback for Assessors. There is a regular skills check carried out for Assessors/IVs and updating of skills when required.
Candidates’ needs are well catered for with a comprehensive induction process which ensures that candidates understand their commitment and the role and commitment that will be provided by the Assessor”
For more information on what Albion Environmental Ltd can offer in terms of WAMITAB qualifications, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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07th Mar 2013
With a government led push for a zero waste society and a wide gap in available landfill alternatives coupled with an increase in overseas demand for alternative fuels, SRF/RDF exports to Europe and further afield are on the increase.
The RDF export market in the UK is, in the main, an emerging industry, with the whole supply chain on a steep learning curve. Costly mistakes have been made, in financial, reputational, and environmental terms. Common mistakes include:
• Out of spec SRF/RDF
• Inadequate Baling/Wrapping
• Improper handling and storage of bales at point of export.
• Incorrect Paperwork.
Albion Environmental can offer experienced advice and Specialised Pre and Post Shipment Surveys UK and Worldwide.
Pre and post-shipment surveys are usually carried out at loading ports and railheads and can comprise of the following procedures:
• Availability and identification of the cargo (according to documentation and visual inspection);
• Confirmation of Forwarding Certificate of Receipt; (Shipping and Forwarding Certificate of Receipt is a document issued by Freight forwarders nominated by Buyer to collect goods from seller which confirms the receipt of good in its custody)
• Visual inspection of the cargo (condition of bales, wrapping and marking);
• Inspection of storage and stowage conditions;
• Sampling according to standards specified by the client;
• Chemical analyses and physical tests of withdrawn samples according to standards specified by the client at independent laboratory;
• Inspection of chemical analyses and mechanical tests at the manufacturer’s facility;
• Dimensional check and tolerancing;
• Digital and paper pictures;
• Issuance of final reports / certificates as a result of the inspections performed.
• Complete Confidentiality Assured
Albion Environmental Ltd can design bespoke SRF/RDF handling management plans based on tried and tested methods. Please CONTACT US for more information
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15th Feb 2013
Many in the industry will be aware of the increasing incidents of major fires in the waste management industry. This will only get worse as companies strive to avoid landfill tax and retain more and more waste on site.
In the past few months there have been a number of fires occurring in the UK’s waste industry facilities. These fires have had a significant impact on the operation of these businesses.
The most recent accidents include:
21st January 2013 – fire at a waste plant in Renfrewshire.
More than 60 fire fighters were deployed to the WRC Recycling building in Floors Street, Johnstone. Fire caused major travel disruption. Nobody was killed or injured. Some local people were asked to leave their homes until the blaze was brought under control. Trains from Glasgow to Ayr, Ardrossan and Largs were disrupted after heat caused damage to cables. Services returned to normal in the afternoon.
27th December 2012 – Oran Environmental
A total of 24 fire fighters, three ground appliances and one aerial platform have remained on site. The fire broke out in a warehouse containing clothing, mattresses and waste paper. Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service said no-one was injured during the incident. The local authority has also sought to reassure the public that there are no health risks related to the dissipating plume of smoke from the site.
30 September 2012 – Fire at Southampton recycling plant.
Piles of domestic waste have been on fire at Willments shipyard in Hazel Road, on the Itchen riverside for four days. According to Fire service – no one was injured.
19 September 2012 – Huge fire at waste disposal firm in Sheffield
Dozens of fire-fighters have tackled a fire involving several tonnes of refuse at a waste disposal firm in South Yorkshire. The staff was evacuated. The fire service said no-one had been injured.
Albion has dedicated and experienced staff who specialise in carrying out fire risk assessments and also providing a range of fire related training such as fire awareness, use of extinguishers and fire warden courses. For a no obligation visit please do not hesitate to contact us.
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07th Feb 2013
Albion Environmental is currently completing the Annual Environmental Monitoring Reports for seven waste management sites in Scotland and Cumbria.
The report for a MBT plant in Cumbria has already been submitted to the EA as per permit requirements.
The reports for the other sites have been drafted, awaiting approval, as they do not have to be submitted to SEPA until the end of March.
These annual reports collate all the environmental monitoring data collected over the year. They provide a review of the results of the monitoring carried out, in accordance with site permits, and include an interpretive review of the data.
Albion Environmental Ltd specialises in providing routine environmental monitoring work for a variety of clients in the waste management industry.
For further information about the environmental monitoring services provided by Albion Environmental please contact us.
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23rd Jan 2013
Our industry continues to grasp the mantle of challenges to improve our Health, Safety and Environmental performance against a backdrop where the HSE report that the injury rate is considerably higher than other industries including construction and the EA conducted 335 successful prosecutions in 2011 with the highest fine being £170,000 and the longest custodial sentence being 27 months. With over a dozen deaths caused by waste industry activities and significant facility fires on a very frequent basis it is evident the the best practice found in our industry must be adopted as common practice.
As reported across the industry media outlets the HSE will be providing a particular focus on MRF operations in 2013 and with the MRF Code of Practice and Quality Action Plan likely to be enshrined in permitting regulations there is no time like the present to get ahead and review where you are and where you need to be.
Albion Environmental is offering a FREE one day environmental permit health check across the UK designed to offer an independent review of your permit and working plan against observed and developed practice. Our industry seasoned experts will provide you with a synopsis of any variations observed and recommendations towards best practice for future action. This service usually costs in excess of £500 and is available free for a limited time only.
For further information please contact us
Albion Environmental is an established provider of specialist consultancy advice & support along with provider of recognised training for health, safety and environmental topics to the UK waste industry and beyond since 2002.
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17th Jan 2013
According to an article this week on LETS RECYCLE
, The waste and recycling industry needs to “step up to the plate” if it is to see an improvement in health and safety, according to Wayne Williams, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The call for action comes after a ‘bad year’ so far for the industry after it was revealed that 14 people were killed in waste and recycling related incidents between April 2012 and January 2013. Ten of the deceased worked for the industry while four of the fatalities were members of the public.
The waste sector is being urged to take action to reduce the number of incidents
The number of people working for the waste industry who have died so far in 2012/13 is double that of 2011/12 when five workers died.
Speaking to letsrecycle.com on January 16th Mr Williams said 2012/13 has been a bad year for health and safety in the waste industry, which is still lagging behind other industries in terms of performance. In a bid to reduce the number of incidents.
Mr Williams added: “At the end of the day it is with the industry to pick up the gauntlet and demonstrate that they are taking it seriously and moving forwards.”
Looking forward, Mr Williams said he wanted to see the number of injuries – including fatal, major and reportable – drop. He said that comparing figures on a year to year basis is difficult, particularly for fatalities, which can be sporadic, but that trends over a number of years give a better indication of the performance of the industry.
Generally, Mr Williams said, the number of incidents in the waste industry was falling but not quick enough.
Because of the nature of the industry, Mr Williams said that waste will remain a ‘high priority’ inspection area for the HSE. In a bid to engage members of the industry the HSE and the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) form – a body of industry experts who advise on health and safety – is set to hold an invitation only summit on February 7 in Solihull which will gather key players from the waste industry.
If your organisation needs any help regarding H&S within the waste industry, we have experienced consultants and assessors who can deliver a number or competence courses or advice. Please do not hesitate to get in touch
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21st Nov 2012
A pilot project run by Asset Skills Scotland has seen UK Academy member, Albion Environmental become the first training provider anywhere to register learners to a brand new Level 4 qualification, the Certificate in Facilities Management Practice.
Having previously developed new Scottish Vocational Qualifications at levels 2 and 3 in facilities management for new entrants and supervisors, Asset Skills was keen to ensure there were continuing progression routes.
This qualification at Level 4 is offered by awarding organisation WAMITAB and is designed for team and service managers within a facilities management context.
It adds to the range of options now available to managers in FM who wish to progress their careers through the achievement of nationally recognised qualifications.
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