Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, parent company to KitchenAid, Hotpoint and Indesit, has reduced its general waste by 10 tonnes a month, since it began working with waste management specialists, Axil Integrated Services.
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Whirlpool UK started working with Axil Integrated Services, which has sites in Corby and Cannock, last year, and as well as significantly reducing general waste and saving thousands of pounds for the company, the companies have worked together to introduce new systems and processes. These include the introduction of segregation-style bins in the office to increase recycling. Continuous liners are also used in Whirlpool office bins, which has reduced plastic waste by 80 per cent as they are only throwing away the part of the bag that is filled.
Other changes include the implementation of a ‘clean as you go’ philosophy in the waste yard, the use of a new trailer system that can exchange four 1100-litre bins at a time, saving time and increasing productivity, and the removal of single-use canteen cutlery, which has been replaced with biodegradable products. Re-usable coffee cups and stainless steel water bottles have also been introduced, which will remove more than 158,000 single-use coffee cups and 56,000 plastic bottles from Whirlpool’s canteens.
Paul Cooke, Operations Director, Axil Integrated Services, said: Together we have made some big strides to debulk general waste and reduce plastics at Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, ensuring as much waste is reused and recycled as possible. This includes reducing general waste through on-site sortation, reclassification and energy recovery, simplifying processes, and introducing new machinery. Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited is committed to #PlasticLess, and initiatives like the use of continuous liners and replacing canteen cutlery, bottles and cups removes a significant amount of single-use plastics. By using local services, we have also reduced the company’s carbon footprint and we are directly supporting the local economy.’
David Sherrington, UK and Ireland Energy, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, added: ‘It has been an exceptional year working with Axil Integrated Services and we have made great strides in waste management thanks to their help and direction. To achieve such healthy numbers in cutting waste is very positive and we look forward to reducing the company’s waste further and contributing to bettering our workplace environment, driving zero to landfill and ultimately making some headway in helping our planet.’