South West College

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One educational institution accumulated waste in a wide variety of waste streams across a large site. The education site offered further education, apprenticeships and vocational courses that ran independent of each other, the needs of the site in terms of waste collection services were constantly changing.


The logistics of managing waste collection for a site with such a wide variety of collection streams can prove difficult – especially when using more than one waste provider. For general ease, the college labelled the majority of their bins as ‘general waste’, with only a few in specific locations being used for recycling. As a result, much of the waste generated was being directed straight to landfill.


In the early 2000s, the college received external funding to do a waste study. The focus was to improve overall waste management in accordance with the terms of planning permissions for the Innovation Centre.

Viridor has a proven track record of implementing and managing complex and changing total waste management solutions. Through recognising the unique requirements of our client and constantly reviewing our service, Viridor is proud to have provided the college solutions resulting in a zero waste to landfill rate. These are just some of the solutions Viridor worked with the college to implement, in order to meet the waste and recycling requirements for their new Innovation Centre:

  • The educational institution started by making the Estates Department solely in charge of managing waste.
  • Estates relocated the waste management area to the slip road and changed contracts so they no longer used open skips, but closed containers; one for paper/cardboard and another for general waste. These could then be collected in one single collection, where they used to be collected by separate companies.
  • The college invested in an industrial shredder to deal effectively with confidential waste, merging them into the paper and cardboard.
  • The college invested in dual waste bins to replace all internal bins, helping to separate recyclables.
  • In 2003 a Waste Manager role was created within the cleaning department. This role was to make the cleaners more efficient by collecting the waste from across the campus and ensuring the waste streams were kept separate, and the containers were packed effectively so as to benefit from waste rebates.
  • When the Hazardous Waste Regulations came in, the college employed a Sustainability Officer to properly and legally manage their waste from our various sites. These regulations brought in big issues concerning WEEE, fluorescent tubes, plaster, clinical waste, etc, and the legal requirement to properly track all these waste streams. Another responsibility of this role was to improve college engagement with sustainable development.
  • Viridor were also happy to take away all the college’s timber waste, plasterboard and rubber as separate waste streams.
  • Finally, Viridor began taking all general waste to a new Energy Recovery Facility, making the south-west based college a zero waste to landfill site.