Whirlpool continues its sustainability drive and reappoints waste management firm

Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited has announced the appointment of waste management firm, Axil integrated Services, in a multi-million-pound contract. This follows news that the appliances manufacturer achieved a 50 per cent reduction in general waste and achieved its zero waste to landfill by 2022 pledge at Whirlpool sites in Peterborough and Yate.

The manufacturer’s re-appointment of Axil highlights its ongoing commitment to its sustainability goals, including its Net Zero 2030 target for its Scope 1 and 2 emissions. To date, the waste management expert has already supported Whirlpool UK in reducing its plastic usage by 80 per cent, as well as an overall reduction in general waste by 50 per cent.

With the support of Axil, Whirlpool UK has implemented a leading waste management solution, which closely follows the Waste Hierarchy, and includes a series of achievements, such as:

  • Reduced general waste through sortation, reclassification, and energy recovery routes;
  • Simplified the metal baling process by removing unnecessary handling, which resulted in improved health and safety and efficiency;
  • Switched to using local suppliers and a local recycling centre for recyclable materials;
  • Removal of single use cutlery and cups in on-site canteens and replaced with biodegradable product;
  • Regeneration of hazardous waste compound.

The new multi-million-pound contract includes the total waste management of all waste streams, including: scrap metal processing and recycling, cardboard, plastic, wood, general waste, dry mixed recycling and hazardous wastes.

Commenting on the partnership, David Sherrington, UK & Ireland Energy, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager, Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, said: “We have made great strides in waste management thanks to the help and direction of Axil Integrated Services. We’re delighted that we’ve achieved our zero waste to landfill target, but we’ll continue to work with Axil to further reduce our waste as we pursue our ambitious sustainability goals.”

Noting the important role manufacturers have to play in reducing their carbon emissions and waste, Jason Lang, Commercial Director, Axil integrated Services, said: “Recycling has significantly increased because of the Axil total waste management solution. Whirlpool is now able to manage, control and understand their waste, not only by cost, but by volume, type and quantity. We hope that Whirlpool UK set an example for others in the manufacturing industry, a sector which has a key role to play if the UK is to meet its climate ambitions.”