Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, parent company to KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Hotpoint and Indesit, has reduced its general waste by 50%, 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% 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.