PHS Wastemanagement Wins Silver At Zero Waste Awards

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Hazardous waste experts, PHS Wastemanagement, the UK’s leading specialist in the collection, disposal and recycling of healthcare and industrial waste, has won a prestigious award at the Zero Waste Awards for its commitment and innovative approach to reducing waste and recycling.

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We hope that the success of our aerosol recycling plant in Leicestershire will serve as an environmental beacon to the industry, demonstrating that zero waste is achievable in all areas.

PHS Wastemanagement picked up the Silver accolade for its specialist recycling plant in Loughborough, Leicestershire, which is the only dedicated recycling facility of its size in Europe that is capable of recycling 100% of an aerosol can, including the propellant gas.

Over the past 12 months, PHS Wastemanagement has collected approximately 1,900 tonnes of aerosols and successfully recycled 616.13 tonnes of metals, representing a metal recycling rate of 32%. Although aerosols have not contained ozone-damaging chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) since 1989, they are still considered difficult to recycle because of the volatile liquids and gases they contain, even when the product has been used up.

PHS Wastemanagement, part of PHS Group PLC, which has depots across the UK, has invested heavily its Loughborough plant to ensure that the whole aerosol recycling process has minimum impact on the environment.

Vanessa Hatton, Group Marketing Manager, commented: “We are thrilled that our dedication to the principle of zero waste has been recognised with this award, particularly as it relates to the recycling of aerosol cans. The process presents a host of technical challenges, all of which we have been able to surmount because of our determination to show that, with the right technology and know-how, an item that appears to be unsuitable for recycling, can actually be recycled in its entirety.

“We hope that the success of our aerosol recycling plant in Leicestershire will serve as an environmental beacon to the industry, demonstrating that zero waste is achievable in all areas.”

PHS Wastemanagement’s plant has been recognised by the Environment Agency as an example of Best Available Technology and represents the greenest, cleanest and most technologically advanced method for recycling aerosols. It has also previously been recommended by the British Aerosol Manufacturers Association for the disposal of high volumes of aerosols.


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Notes to Editors:

The PHS Group started trading in 1963 and has since grown to become one of the UK’s leading workplace and waste management service providers. It has developed a vast range of products and services to help businesses manage their entire waste streams- everything from confidential shredding to hazardous waste disposal, clinical waste to aerosol recycling, and general waste to light bulb recycling.

Operating from nearly 100 regional branches across the UK, PHS Group takes care of waste disposal for around 200,000 customers, providing exceptional customer care, whilst delivering efficient and reliable services. Its commitment to the very highest environmental standards, and the ability to provide a UK wide tailor made waste collection service, has made it the natural choice for businesses and organisations of all sizes, in all sectors. PHS Group believe in simplifying the complex and time consuming nature of waste management, providing an easy to use service for all types of difficult to manage wastes, whether they are destined for treatment, landfill, recycling or incineration.

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