Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, parent company to KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Hotpoint and Indesit, has reduced its general waste by 50 per cent, the equivalent weight of 10 one-tonne Black Rhinos a month, since the company began working with waste management specialists, Axil Integrated Services.
Whirlpool UK started working with Axil Integrated Services, which has sites in Corby and Cannock, last year. Fast forward 12 months, and the partnership is celebrating one year of incredible results. As well as significantly reducing general waste, which has been reclassified and captured as a recycling commodity, saving thousands of pounds for the company, Whirlpool and Axil Integrated Services 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.
Axil Integrated Services also found an innovative way of taking the concrete ballast, used in appliances, and recycling it into aggregate. Improvements have also been made to the Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited premises in Peterborough, with the removal of an old office and welfare unit that were in disrepair and these have been replaced with new facilities, boosting staff morale.
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.
“Our aim is to always give our customers the best service and value with the best environmental outcome. As a leading total waste management company, we have provided Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited with a bespoke, total waste management solution to suit its business needs and it is great to reflect on what we have achieved together over the last 12 months.”
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.”
- Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited has reduced its general waste by 50 per cent since working with Axil Integrated Services
Notes for editors:
About Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited:
Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited is managed by Whirlpool EMEA, part of Whirlpool Corporation, the global leader in manufacturing and marketing of home appliances.
Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited fully supports the AMDEA safety initiative, Register My Appliance, and is committed to encouraging householders to register their appliances: www.registermyappliance.org.uk
About Whirlpool Corporation:
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the leading major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $20 billion in annual sales, 77,000 employees and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2019. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at whirlpoolcorp.com.
About Axil Integrated Services
Axil Integrated Services are experts in total waste management, providing solutions from recycling to recovery, treatment and disposal. Axil Integrated Services helps companies looking to drive costs from their business, achieve ‘zero to landfill’ or those who need waste compliance advice.
Working with some of the UK’s best-known brands, Axil Integrated Services offers waste management services to a range of industry sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Food, Manufacturing and Pharmaceuticals.
For more information, visit www.axil-is.com.
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25th March 2020