Waste management contract drives efficiencies at new COVID centre

Veolia wins waste management contract from NHS Track and Trace

Veolia will use specialist treatment methods to turn the waste into green energy and liquid fuel
Veolia will use specialist treatment methods to turn the waste into green energy and liquid fuel

Veolia has won a contract to help NHS Track and Trace manage waste from its new Rosalind Franklin laboratory in Royal Leamington Spa.

Secured under a Crown Commercial Services framework, Veolia’s specialist teams will deliver a comprehensive service covering all aspects of the waste management process at the facility, from initial collection at the point of production and on-site transfer and consolidation, through to offsite transportation, treatment, and disposal.

The centre processes hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 tests every day, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

And, by using specialist treatment and disposal facilities, the compliant treatment route will maximise the energy recovery and lower carbon emissions.

Laboratory waste will primarily be disposed of at Veolia's Energy Recovery Facility in Tyseley and will help supply green energy for Birmingham. 

Veolia will also collect and treat waste at its Empire Treatment Plant and Norwood facilities on a daily basis, including the recovery of liquid solvents and transformation into secondary liquid fuel. 

Donald Macphail, chief operating officer for treatment at Veolia, said: “Using our specialist teams and modern treatment facilities we can ensure compliant handling and disposal, and also gain the advantage of energy recovery to support industry and the grid.” 

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