World Environment Day

05 June 2018 by Daryl Tunningley

A national waste management company received enough waste in 2017 to fill 1,064 Olympic-sized swimming pools, nearly five Albert Halls and around 531,988,747 bottles of wine but says it is making great strides when it comes to helping the environment.

As part of World Environment Day, CSG, specialists in household, commercial and industrial waste management, has announced its success in not only cutting its own CO2e (Carbon Dioxide equivalent) but also in increasing waste recycling.

The business, which was founded in 1934, has 27 facilities across the UK, with a team of drivers, operatives and specialist consultants working together on the goal of diverting waste from landfill by recovering and recycling as much as possible.

In 2017, CSG accepted just short of 400,000 tonnes of waste as a business. This is nearly four times the amount of waste that the whole of Iceland produces in a year*.

Antony Gerken, Permitting and Compliance Manager said: “We are leading suppliers of specialist waste management solutions, and our in-house transportation network enables us to collect most types of hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams from most locations, whilst our treatment and recovery centres utilise bespoke technology to, wherever possible, treat, recover and recycle the waste that we collect.”

At CSG Cadishead, the group’s largest waste facility, they have seen great success in the reduction of CO2e (Carbon Dioxide equivalent). In 2016, through its energy use, it produced 4.11kg of CO2e per tonne of waste processed. In 2017, it produced 3.85kg of CO2e per tonne – a 6.5 per cent reduction, equating to its operations producing 24.2 tonnes of CO2e less in 2017 than 2016.

Less plastic is also heading to landfill sites because of the efforts of waste management specialists, J&G Environmental, a member of the CSG family, which recycled 96.5 per cent of all waste it accepted in 2016/17, up from 95.9 per cent in 2015/16. This amounts to 24,000 tonnes of waste recycled.

Plastic drums are washed and shredded before being recycled into goods such as drain pipes. Wooden pallets are chipped and made into chipboard or MDF. Aluminium and cans are sent for re-use and can be made into more plates or even car parts.

One innovative produce that has been launched is JeeGee Bedding, which sees waste cardboard, including egg cartons, turned into bedding for stabled animals, mainly horses, which is highly absorbent and produces little dust.

CSG also cleanses effluent and can discharge the equivalent of nearly 3.8m bottles of wine a day, or 1.387bn bottles a year, back for further treatment prior to being released into the water cycle, ensuring previously contaminated waste waters are recycled back to nature.

Antony Gerken, Permitting and Compliance Manager added: “We are a progressive company and are proud that we use technology and energy-saving schemes to constantly improve our services and statistics.”

*Statistic based on World Atlas