Hazardous and Non-Hazardous spoil removal for Nottingham Tramline

Project Summary:

Ward Recycling were awarded the waste management contract by Vinci/Taylor Woodrow (VTW) for the Nottingham Tram Project in 2012. The contract order covered a multiple waste streams generated during the construction of the tram route from the suburb of Nottingham to the city centre.

During the project planning it became apparent that the timely collection of containers was essential due to small work areas in a number of locations along the line. Ward Recycling decided to dedicate particular drivers to the work to ensure they were familiar with all of the site detail. The offering also included site toolbox talks as well as detailed recording of recycling percentages and on time collections.

Part way through the project the client experienced difficulty with the removal of soils by their appointed contractors due to contamination and the volume of vehicles working along the line. Ward Recycling incorporated these works, coordinating and supplying efficient logistics and waste disposal routes.

Key issues could be resolved in the following ways:

A number of contractors and receiving facilities were advising material classifications differently. Ward Recycling would send test data to all local sites that could receive soils and were non landfill options, all data would be analysed by a consultant and by programs such as Hazwasteonline. The results would be reviewed by the VTW, their client and ourselves with our consultant and final waste categorisation took place.

The turnaround of the above categorisation was also an issue to the client with tight deadlines required to enable work to progress. The above method would mean that all test data was already pre-
authorised into facilities.

Price consistency would be achieved with this route, previous contractors had commenced and returned seeking increases, causing cost uncertainty and ambiguity. The revised strategy and delivery eliminated this via disposal site pricing and haulage costs being firm by Ward Recycling.

A main area of improvement was the organisation of vehicles. A major problem was being experienced on site, with up to 600 movements on site per day – Ward Recycling stepped into effectively manage all vehicles across the project, sourcing vehicles to safely and successfully undertake the Project requirements.

Ward Recycling were awarded the full line contract for all inert, non-hazardous and also hazardous spoil removal for the line.

Further benefits came with the integration of aggregate collection when returning from tipping muck, this further reduced costs and vehicle movements on site.

This project is a true reflection of complete integration between the client and the waste management operator and to this day is the benchmark as to what is achievable.