Operating under the William Tracey brand in Scotland, Wastecycle in the East Midlands and Oakwood Fuels nationally in waste oil collection, DCC Environmental collects and processes a broad range of non-hazardous and hazardous waste.
DCC Environmental is a market leader in non hazardous waste management in Scotland operating a comprehensive infrastructure across the central belt, including one of the largest material recycling facilities in Britain in Linwood, close to Glasgow airport. The facilities process waste collected by both company owned and third party vehicles into valuable commodities which can be used as a substitute for virgin materials. Whilst residual material continues to be sent to landfill, DCC Environmental is constantly looking to reduce the proportion of waste that cannot be recycled or utilised for its energy content. In that regard, DCC Environmental has recently commenced the export of processed material to Sweden for energy recovery and, as highlighted in the case study, is continuously investing in its recycling infrastructure to ensure the highest level of recycling.
DCC Environmental is also a market leader in non-hazardous waste management in the East Midlands where it operates three material recycling facilities in Nottingham and Leicester along with a civic amenity site on behalf of Nottingham City Council. Similarly to Scotland, the business processes a broad range of waste streams with the added capacity to process waste not suitable for recycling into a fuel which is used by the cement industry.
In hazardous waste management, DCC Environmental is a market leader in Scotland and the north of England with three dedicated facilities providing a wide range of treatment solutions for hazardous waste. In addition, DCC Environmental is a leading national collector of waste oils, which are brought back to its facility in Nottinghamshire where they are converted into a fuel which can be used as a substitute for heavy fuel oil.
Overall, the British business handles 1.2 million tonnes of material, the majority of which is collected by its own fleet of 236 vehicles, and 72% of all waste volumes are diverted from landfill. Recovery percentages depend on the mix of material with the highest percentage achieved from construction material.
The British waste market has been challenging over the past year, with the recessionary environment resulting in a decline in waste volumes and the wider global malaise driving down recyclate prices. However, the backdrop for DCC Environmental remains positive, with both the British Government and the EU striving for continuous improvement in waste management, which ideally suits DCC Environmental with its comprehensive recycling infrastructure and absence of any landfill capacity. In 2011, the most recent year for pan European statistics, the United Kingdom landfilled 49% of municipal waste, well ahead of many of its peers, and the EU is striving to totally eliminate landfill as an option for the disposal of waste. This was illustrated in a European Parliament debate in May 2012 when MEP’s voted overwhelmingly in favour of proposals contained in the ‘Report on a Resource-Efficient Europe’, which articulated plans put forward by the European Commission to entirely phase out landfill.
There is an excellent regulatory backdrop in Scotland with the devolved Government leading the way in advanced waste policy as articulated in the Zero Waste Scotland plans. From January 2014, all business in Scotland must present metals, plastics, glass and card for separate collection. In addition, businesses in non-rural areas which produce over 50kg of foodwaste a week must also present this for separate collection. This will broaden to include all businesses producing 5kg of food waste from January 2016. DCC Environmental sees exciting opportunities arising from these new regulations and is active in ensuring that it is appropriately resourced to capitalise on the regulations.
DCC Environmental’s Irish business operates under the Enva brand which is recognised as Ireland’s leading hazardous waste treatment company. Enva operates from six EPA/NIEA licensed sites in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, offering technically innovative solutions to a wide range of waste streams for both multinational and indigenous clients. It has an in-house infrastructure to treat a broad range of materials including waste oil, contaminated soils, bulk chemicals and contaminated packaging. In cases where it is unable to treat the waste itself, it has relationships with a network of European based companies to provide a range of solutions for hazardous waste which are not available in Ireland.
Enva’s water treatment division provides specialty chemicals, equipment and professional services to the drinking, industrial and waste water sectors. The division operates an in-house manufacturing facility as well as an INAB accredited laboratory to support these services.
The Irish waste market is valued at approximately €1 billion. The economic recession, and the collapse in activity in the construction sector, has seen significant contraction particularly in the non-hazardous market but DCC Environmental’s Irish business has been protected through its focus on the niche hazardous sector and through developing innovative solutions for hazardous waste.