Blackburn firm supports covid test kit recycling

07 May 2021 by CSG

COVID-19 Test Kit

A Blackburn firm has been supporting the Covid-19 testing programme by helping to recycle used test kits from across the North West.

Waste management specialists CSG Recovery operate safe hazardous waste collection service, supporting businesses, councils, and schools.

Greg Smith, technical and operations manager for CSG Recovery, explained: “The Government recommendation for any students or employees who cannot work from home to be tested regularly is creating a huge increase in test kit waste.

“Because of our expertise in this field – and extensive industry contacts – we are able to collect and safely transport this waste to be used as fuel in ‘waste-to-energy’ facilities.

“This delivers an environmentally sustainable solution to a national waste issue.”

CSG Recovery, which operates facilities in Blackburn, Prescot and Cadishead, provides safe waste management, processing and disposal services, handling a wide range of hazardous and non-hazardous materials.

Greg Smith added: “The scale of our facilities and our unique range of specialist chemical and physical waste processing operations enable us to accept waste streams that would be difficult for other companies to handle.

“This makes us a trusted partner for many healthcare and pharmaceutical customers, who know we can be relied upon to collect, transport and process hazardous waste safely.

“During the lockdown we continued to operate as an essential service, within a fully Covid-safe environment, sending healthcare waste for recovery in waste-to-energy power facilities.

“Increased Covid-19 testing and the national vaccination programme have generated a significant volume of clinical waste, including syringes and needles, and used PPE such as wipes, gloves and masks.

“As we already have a reputation for our work in this field, we are liaising with a number of healthcare organisations to deliver ongoing waste management support in this area.”

CSG offers safe, responsible and compliant clinical and pharmaceutical waste solutions across the UK. The company also handles a huge range of hazardous and industrial waste streams, recovering valuable resources such as oil or precious metals and reducing the volume of waste going to landfill.

Founded as a one-man sewage collection business in rural Hampshire more than 85 years ago, CSG now employs a national workforce of nearly 500 people. The company, which has 27 sites across the UK, is one of the largest privately-owned industrial and domestic environmental waste management groups in Britain.