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AQA, the largest provider of academic qualifications taught in schools and colleges in the UK, who set and mark the papers for around half of all GCSEs and A-levels taken every year, are this month celebrating achieving a significant 99.6% diversion from landfill level. This has been achieved in partnership with the national waste management company Bagnall & Morris.
As part of AQA’s commitment to taking a role in promoting environmental best practice through reducing impact on the environment, the company sought out a like-minded recycling-led waste services company who is also fully accredited to offer a confidential shredding service.
As a charity, reliability and quality of service is important, as is a competitive price point, but mostly a commitment to minimising impact on the environment, which made B&M the perfect partner.
B&M Waste Services offer a total waste management solution, utilising the very latest in segmentation options to comply with Government Waste Regulations. B&M works with customers to ensure staff buy-in and training, recycles separated recyclable material and even generates energy from residual waste, all in line with the target of achieving zero waste to landfill.
B&M Secure Shredding introduced secure container solutions for storage of confidential materials and arrange a suitable collection schedule for shredding to BSIA standards by DBS checked operatives. The output of this service is shredded paper, which is 100% recycled.
On 1st March 2015 B&M commenced working with AQA for all waste management and shredding services across three AQA sites in Manchester, Guildford and Harrogate.
Regular clearances of used paper which is classed as confidential utilise a secure bulk shredding service.
A total of fifteen various waste containers to collect mixed paper and card, cardboard only, confidential paper and residual waste were sited at the three AQA sites in Harrogate, Manchester and Guildford. B&M provided clear instruction and marketing materials to encourage staff at AQA to segregate accurately.
The first clear-out of paper took place during the first week of the contract. B&M Secure Shredding provided a team of operatives scheduled for 3 days to remove paper from the archive shelves in Devas St (Manchester), transport to Bromborough and shred to BSIA standards. B&M exceeded expectations by completing the work in 2 ½ days, during which time over 70 tonnes of material was shredded. All of which was sent to a paper mill for recycling.
The second clear-out quickly followed at AQA’s Guildford site where over 60 tonnes on material was confidentially destroyed and recycled
In total, the first month’s activity of confidential shredding, general/paper and card collections produced over 160 tonnes of recycled materials, with a diversion from landfill performance level of 99.6%.
“Nothing is too much trouble, there was a vast amount of waste to removed, but the job was done with such efficiency, thank you on behalf of Elite” Elite Cleaning and Environmental Services
“We have total confidence that we are receiving the best value service with a reputable and recycling-focused supplier who understands the needs of our business and act professionally to alleviate the worry out of our waste management” – 110 Bishopsgate
“Working with B&M Waste Services has improved our environmental performance and assisted us with making the best use of our limited space.” – 110 Bishopsgate
“The driver for B&M’s Hazardous Waste services was very helpful and professional” – Vanguard Logistics
“ The green and red bag waste system works and it works really well and we are actually saving money on the budget that has been set” – Iceland
“We have been able to set targets for the Environmental team to reduce and recycle our waste materials” – Iceland
“The waste compound has never looked so clean, tidy and organised” – Iceland Manufacturing Ltd
“This initiative is having major impacts on student responsibility for waste and recycling” – University of Chester
“Recycling objectives set by the university are already being met and in some areas surpassed” – University of Chester
“B&M’s customer service was consistently excellent and I was particularly welcomed” – University of Chester
“Seamless process which had minimal impact on the college” – Wigan & Leigh College
“One of the main reasons we chose B&M was their flexibility and willingness to work in partnership” – Wigan & Leigh College
“Since B&M’s appointment, we have seen savings in our waste costs and recycling results have shown a significant increase” – Wigan & Leigh College
“The B&M staff spoke with confidence about the waste streams and segregation” – Alstom Transport
“I toured the waste area and was very impressed with the layout and waste segregation – the detail was very impressive” – Alstom Transport
“Nothing is too much trouble and the B&M team are always friendly, reliable and willing to help. We get a great service which removes the worry out of remaining compliant.” – ARCH Initiatives
“The regular secure shredding service we receive from B&M has been efficient and effective. We also regularly clear out our archives and B&M help with these one off jobs as well.” – ARCH Initiatives
“B&M has helped us to improve our environmental performance and reduce our costs” – First Milk
“In our recent Ofsted inspection the school was praised for its clean and safe environment” – Parrs Wood High School
“very friendly and helpful” – Rachel Dennis Hairdressing
“reliable and a pleasure to deal with” – Airflow Measurements
“very helpful, can’t do enough” – Cash Converters, Eccles
“Always friendly, polite and professional” – BskyB Ltd, St Helens
“With B&M we know that we are taking advantage of the latest waste innovations.” – Aintree Hospital
“The partnership with B&M has helped reduce our waste management costs and improve efficiency.” – Aintree Hostpital