H W Martin Waste Ltd has been managing and operating Cheshire’s household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) on behalf of the councils since February 2008.
During the course of its service provision, the company has remained at the forefront of recycling techniques and has added many new recycling opportunities at the HWRCs for local residents. One of these is the collection of waste cooking oil, which the company sends to a specialist plant where it is turned into bio-fuel. The bio-fuel is used in place of diesel to power vehicles and machinery.
The more bio-fuel is produced and used, the less diesel is used. This means fewer demands are placed on scarce fossil-fuel resources, and the reduction of air pollution means a significant reduction of the carbon impact.
This positive environmental management by H W Martin Waste Ltd has been recognised by the “Convert 2 Green” recycling scheme. In the 12 months of 2013, H W Martin made a massive saving of 9,759 kilogrammes (9.8 tonnes) of carbon dioxide (CO2) – emissions that have been stopped by providing the alternative fuel.
Adam Smith, Area Operations Manager for H W Martin Waste Ltd, spoke of the success of the scheme:
“As with all these new techniques it took a while to research the technology and find the right specialists and we didn’t know if it was going to work. But thanks to the people of Cheshire who bring us their waste cooking oil and the support of the Cheshire councils it is working, and working well. We anticipate even better results at the end of 2014.”