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Six vital considerations when choosing a liquid waste management partner

Lauren Ertl

06 May 20


Few businesses consider waste disposal when they are analysing operational costs or their sustainability targets. But the fact is that waste management choices can have a big impact on bottom line as well as eco-credentials – and many firms aren’t getting it right.

Carving out a safe and efficient waste management strategy – like any other strategy - requires careful thought. Government protocols must be followed, unnecessary expenses should be avoided and capacity demands must be met. But how? Here are six areas to consider.

1. Compliance 

Government regulations relating to environmental protection and sustainability must be followed. Businesses are obliged to make sure that waste is disposed of safely, without compromising public or environmental safety. Therefore it’s essential to check that your waste management partner understands the importance of the Environmental Protection Act (1990), the EU Landfill Directive (1999), and the Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005), among others.

Falling foul of these regulations can land you in serious trouble. In 2016 Powerday PLC, one of the UK’s biggest waste companies, was fined £1.2 million for waste offences. Selecting a waste management site that operates to strict ethical and legal standards is vital – especially if you operate in a sector such as manufacturing, agriculture or construction, where liquid waste may contain chemicals or organic matter that are unsuitable for public sewers.

Here at Alpheus, we maintain a number of relevant accreditations – such as ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 45001 Health and Safety Management System. So our customers can have peace of mind that their waste is disposed of safely, compliantly and in an environmentally sustainable way.

2. Cost 

Like all business decisions, cost is a huge factor in choosing a liquid waste management partner. It goes without saying that you will want to choose one that offers the best value for money based on the nuances of your business. Think about location costs too and minimise where possible the distance your waste travels. 

3. Convenience  

The quality of waste management sites varies significantly in the UK. And, unfortunately, many miss the mark. The best site is one that can process many different types of waste and is designed to facilitate large numbers of HGVs, so you know that your drivers and vehicles can wait safely with access to facilities. That way you can expect your site to have capacity when you need it, without being forced to wait or search elsewhere.  

Here at Alpheus we operate four strategically located sites in Basildon, Milton Keynes, Norwich and Lincoln – each of which offers a range of compliant liquid waste management services.

4. Disposal and recycling   

Are you 100% confident that your chosen waste management partner can fully meet the demands and routines of your business? There are many who would overpromise and under deliver. Try to see beyond the sales talk and work out if the site can deliver on its promises and match your disposal routines. Ask for case studies if you are uncertain. (Here are some of ours.)

>> Case Study: East Midlands Airport
>> Case study: Norfolk County Council

As for recycling, we make sure that statutory requirements are met at all times. All waste movements are logged on our waste management systems, so our customers can always demonstrate a full duty of care when it comes to waste disposal and recycling.

5. Emergency care  

Waste is unpredictable, so look for a waste management partner that can handle waste production upswings. In practice that means that your chosen partner should have the capacity for your current demand, with contingency for unexpected upswings. Ask, for example, about emergency tankering services that would cover unexpected scenarios such as a spillage, plant failure or flooding.

6. Additional support   

A good waste management partner will be able to work with you to identify gaps in your waste management strategy that need addressing. There is a huge range of liquid wastes and many require a specific approach to be used, to ensure disposal in the most effective and environmentally friendly manner. You need to be sure that your chosen site can offer the services and support that you need.

Alpheus is fully accredited and approved to offer a full waste disposal service to customers. This includes advising on legislation, disposal routes, classification of wastes and cost-effective ways to meet regulatory standards.

It only takes five minutes…   

The way you choose to dispose of your liquid waste impacts upon your operational costs as well as your sustainability obligations. With just a simple phone call, we can tell you how working with Alpheus could simplify your management and disposal of liquid waste – potentially slashing your operational costs while improving your eco-credentials. Get in touch and let’s see what we could do for your business.

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