Pre treatment centre reduces landfill waste

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The National Exhibition Centre has almost doubled the amount of waste it recycles at its waste pre-treatment centre.

Over the past twelve months the new facility has weighed nearly 1,500 tonnes of waste and diverted 992 tonnes of waste from landfill to be recycled.

Waste is collected from each hall and transported to the new pre-treatment facility where waste is weighed, separated and treated prior to collection by local suppliers.

To track and measure the amount of waste leaving the site, the centre has taken on a specialised measuring system, the Avery Weigh-Tronix, which consists of two floor scales and custom developed software.

At the weighing stage, an indicator displays the weight on a graphic display and interfaces with software for accurate data analysis. The system allows the NEC to charge customers depending on the amount of waste produced.

Steve Cartmell, contract manager for NEC cleaning and waste, said: “Having this facility on site has enabled us to dramatically reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill, while also reducing the number of vehicles needed to transport this material and the distance they have to travel.”

The NEC in Birmingham, runs more than 200 events every year and produces 3,000 tonnes of waste

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