Amec Foster Wheeler, globally operates in more than 55 countries and has over 160 years of history, offering consultancy, engineering, project management, operations and construction services, project delivery and specialised power equipment services to their customers worldwide. This Amec Case Study looks at how they’ve achieved more than 99% diversion of waste from landfill.
Carbon Neutral B&M Waste Services began providing waste management services for Amec Foster Wheeler in April 2015 and we currently service ten of their sites across the UK.
Lisa Rawlinson, Amec Foster Wheeler contacted B&M, where Wendy Mitchell presented Lisa with a proposal after conducting a detailed site audit. Amec Foster Wheeler was already aware of B&M’s background, as B&M had previously serviced one of their sites, in Birchwood. Amec values B&M’s credentials, the Carbon Neutral signature, the attainment of ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environmental) and OHSAS 18001 (Health & Safety) accreditations, gives Amec to have confidence in B&M’s systems and procedures.
B&M worked in partnership to improve Amec Foster Wheeler’s requirements incorporating Lisa’s suggestions. B&M realised that they could significantly reduce the amount of general waste that is produced, and increase the recycling streams proportionally. Prior to the arrival of B&M, the company used numerous other waste service providers to manage of their waste. Also waste was unrecorded and the business was spending a vast amount of money without recycling as much as they could.
Internal segregation bins are provided for general waste and mixed recycling. B&M have tailored these bins to the company’s branding and modern office environment, with their gloss white furniture and bright, friendly colours. All locations for depositing waste are now clearly sign-posted, allowing for effective segregation. Staff training was carried out to maximise further recycling opportunities, also Lisa worked with Wendy to create an email launch to raise staff awareness of the new waste strategies that were coming into place.
External bins for mixed recycling, general waste and food are provided across coming sites, such as 8 yard Front End Loaders (FEL), along with Rear End Loaders (REL), 1100 litres, 660 litres, 360 litres and 240 litres.
The new recycling strategies from working with B&M mean the sites are reducing indirect carbon emissions, as the waste is then taken to a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) processing facility, creating energy from waste and ensuring zero waste to landfill.
As a global company a large amount of documentation is produced, the company uses B&M Secure shredding to dispose of all documents securely. As a business Amec Foster Wheeler has a duty of care to ensure its customer, employee, financial and competitively sensitive data does not fall in to the wrong hands. B&M Secure Shredding shred the paper work to BS EN 15713 Standards. After collection the business receives a certificate of destruction as proof, an audit trail and peace of mind that their documents have been securely and correctly destroyed. All paperwork is then 100% recycled.
A collection for hazardous waste is in place where haz boxes are allocated enabling to the business to comply with The Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005).
B&M also assists Amec Foster Wheeler with ad hoc clear-outs for unwanted furniture, also battery recycling. Skips for metal which Amec can acquire a rebate from (subject to the market value) and collections for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), are also provided.
Amec Foster Wheeler operates an outstanding waste and recycling service, with 99.96% diversion from landfill.
In addition to reduced disposal costs and increased recycling rates, the business benefits from a Carbon Neutral service and receive detailed waste reports in a format that allows the management to clearly identify against its targets and stream this information. The company saved 280,812.08kg of Carbon, this year this is the equivalent of saving 240 trees or over of 68,000 car miles saved.
B&M and Amec Foster Wheeler are working together to find new innovative ways of further improving the environmental performance of the sites. This continuous improvement and regular Service Improvement Project planning is all part of the account management service Wendy, and the B&M team provide.