Project management

Many companies within the waste and resource management sector require assistance with discreet projects. We have experienced project managers who can help develop and implement your project on time and under budget.

The type of work we complete is very varied however some typical examples are listed below.

 Upgrade and re-development of Council Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
Project Manager – Gerry McCabe

The Council recognised that they were not achieving the highest possible recycling  rates at their HWRC.

Albion Environmental were asked to review all aspects of the operation of the recycling centre to ascertain if improvements could be made which would help increase the overall recycling rates.

Albion Environmental identified four areas in need of improvement:
1.            Overall site layout
2.            Site signage
3.            Provision of suitable containers for deposit of waste
4.            Communication

Albion Environmental was also able to provide the Council with capital costs for these improvements and an indication on what savings could be made if these improvements were implemented.

Council took the decision to accept Albion Environmental’s findings and appointed them as project managers to oversee the implementation of these improvements.

The overall site layout was altered to ensure the waste skips were located at the very far end of the site. Public had to pass the various recyclate skips prior to reaching the waste skips. The changes also incorporated a high level road that permitted recyclate and waste to be dropped into containers rather than lifted into containers. The traffic management plan was revised which separated traffic movements from the general public using the facility and traffic movements from Council vehicles servicing the facility. This alteration not only greatly reduced the risk of a traffic accident but it also allowed the members of the public more time to deposit their recyclate in the appropriate containers.

Site signage was improved which made the signs clearer and much easier to read. This aided the public trying to use the correct waste containers

Suitable containers were provided for the recyclate being collected. Large 40yd and 50yd containers were located at the high level road to allow recyclate to be dropped in, with plenty of storage to cope with peak periods. Smaller containers such as 20yd containers were used only where they were located on the existing road level. All other specialised containers such as WEEE, textiles and books were located in a more accessible area and at the beginning of the traffic route through the facility.

New communication leaflets were produced and issued to all users advising them of the new developments within the facility and offering assistance or advice as needed.

Training was provided to council staff so they were more knowledgeable and helpful when dealing with members of the public.

This training involved –

  •  Zero Waste Strategy
  • Waste hierarchy and the importance of reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Customer care and how to deal with customers

Staff were further supported by the introduction of an automatic number recognition system to reduce the number of contractors using the site.

Implementation of new Black Bag Recycling Service at two HWRC sites
Project Manager – Gerry McCabe

Albion Environmental was contracted by the Council to obtain advice and expertise on introducing a new black bag recycling service at their HWRC sites.

Albion Environmental produced their findings and recommendations which included additional recycling rates, savings on disposal costs, and design of recycling building, additional equipment required and proposed capital costs. This information was used by the Council to gain part funding from ZWS. Albion Environmental is currently project managing this new facility which will recycle a large portion of the “black bag” waste which is received at these facilities.

Osborne Recycling Centre, Dunoon
Project Manager – Gerry McCabe

Until recently Osborne Recycling (formerly Osborne Skip Hire) disposed of all their waste at landfill. The majority of the waste was construction and demolition waste.

Albion Environmental developed a conceptual recycling centre operation which confirmed that a large percentage of waste could be recycled. They developed a financial model that also confirmed that the returns on this facility were higher than the existing operations and that the current workforce could be used more efficiently in operating the service.

Osborne Recycling formally appointed Albion Environmental to develop and implement this new facility which includes new building, plant and equipment.

Albion Environmental was also successful in obtaining part capital funding for this new facility.

Once the facility was constructed and commissioned, Albion Environmental was appointed interim managers of the facility financed through a successful grant application by Osborne to ZWS.

Albion Environmental are midway through his appointment and are developing systems that makes full use of the resources available, achieves the highest recycling rates possible, complies with all permits, develops and trains staff and implements all requirement under Health and Safety legislation.

Foundry Sand Project
Project Manager – Paul Woodhead

The client company had an on-going issue of up to 70,000 tonnes per annum of foundry sands sent for landfill disposal at a significant on-going cost. This material was periodically used for large scale civil works but these were few and far between.

We identified a number of markets where this material could be used in more routine applications including equestrian surfaces, block paving, soil improvements, tarmac production, block manufacture and pipe bedding to name a few. Each of these required a different specification and testing protocol to satisfy the technical requirements of the application and understanding the chemical and physical properties of each source material was able to identify a number of specific process and equipment steps required to produce an “EcoSand” for the particular application. As the input materials were contracted to the business, in this instance, the main marketing and sales effort focused on the users of the output material to ensure a consistent quality material was supplied to them to replace virgin aggregate purchases. We then had to overcome a high degree of scepticism and satisfy the legislative barriers to the process of assessment towards the end of waste criteria and WRAP protocols.

We identified, sourced and purchased suitable capital equipment to handle the sand processing. This was based on existing sites and required modifications to both planning and permitting along with managing relationships with local stakeholders.

This activity turned a cost to the business reliant on large civil projects to deliver profitability to a sustainable revenue stream which reflected the rate of production for the source material.

Project Steps

  • Identification of the problem and analysed to present a range of solutions
  • Solutions investigated and market research of output material applications
  • Technical and operational development to produce a marketable product
  • Identify and source capital equipment to use at an existing location
  • Amend permitting and licenses to ensure regulatory compliance
  • Production of material to agreed specifications and marketing and selling of output material

Alternative Raw Materials Project
Project Manager – Paul Woodhead

Our client had two problems to solve in that they produced a mineral waste as a by-product from their production process which was going to landfill and also wanted to diversify their business with an investment opportunity to give the business year round stability. We led a project for them which encompassed both of these in one solution.

The mineral by-product waste was essentially a useful material with a couple of properties which prevented it from being used on its own. A range of mineral based wastes from a number of sources both non-hazardous and hazardous were also identified which across the range of properties created a controlled balance of materials. The chemical and physical properties would present a useful Alternative Raw Material for a number of applications including cement manufacture, pre-cast block making, mineral replacement and general civil engineering applications. We worked with the client to identify an appropriate solution and fine tune a range of capital solutions to present a tailored solution.

After this initial stage of the project the main thrust of the work passed back to the client whilst we maintained an engagement to advise on technical and legislative aspects of compliance and development. A capital plant was identified, sourced, purchased and built at the client’s existing facility and the business plan was developed to bring a solution to market.

We were involved further to identify and source both input materials as well as bring output material applications to the table. As well as the commercial development of the opportunity we advised on the legislative aspects of the end of waste criteria and WRAP protocols to ensure this product to market was not cover as a waste and hence restricting the end use applications

This produced a viable and sustainable complementary business for the client.

Project Steps

  • Collaboration with client to identify the commercial and technical solutions
  • Build a robust market view to support investment
  • Review and  apply current regulatory requirements to business solution
  • Identify and source capital equipment solutions and support laboratory
  • Source suitable complementary input material and technical support
  • Source appropriate output applications and the technical requirements
  • Amend site permit and planning requirements

Cathode Ray Tube Solutions
Project Manager – Paul Woodhead

We have completed two projects focused around the use of this glass in aggregate applications. The Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) glass is constructed of two types of glass with a chemical coating which requires removing from the glass to make it a usable product.

The first application required the two types of glass to be handled separately into different applications where the glass would be reused. This was completed by identifying a process of separation, then cleaning the glass for further use. Time was spent investigating several capital technology and technique solutions where a combination of two capital equipment providers were combined to create an optimum solution with equipment sourced from the UK and Germany.

The second did not require the glass to be segregated but must be cleaned of coating dust to ensure it is suitable for the aggregate application.

Both projects followed a similar process of identifying the process and capital equipment solutions and having these supported by market knowledge of the commercial aspects of delivery. And in each case an existing permit was in place which required limited modifications

Both of these established an alternative recycling solution in a market with few alternatives

Project Steps

  • Establish the market conditions for a new business solution and review the market
  • Identify the end use applications and the technical steps to comply
  • Build a robust business plan and financial model to support the investment
  • Source and identify the capital equipment solution
  • Modify the environmental permits and establish regulatory compliance
  • Source input material contracts and secure feedstock
  • Establish the output applications and technical compliance

If you have any projects you think we can assist with please do not hesitate to contact us.