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ACM tackle 'zoo poo'

Passers-by could be excused for thinking that some very strange looking Giraffe-like creatures had arrived at London Zoo recently.

The new residents at the park are in fact two brand new waste compactors supplied by ACM Waste Management and painted in a distinctive giraffe pattern.

The company has provided a complete waste management and recycling solution for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) at London Zoo in Regents Park and at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park.

ACM chairman Barry Bolton said: “We have worked very closely with ZSL to meet the exact requirements at both sites and in doing so we have helped to increase efficiency, reduce waste management costs and perhaps most importantly of all improve environmental performance.

“ZSL is a charity dedicated to the conservation of animals and their habitats, both of which are being affected by the negative impact of global climate change, so it is essential that its own environmental performance is excellent.”

The portable compactors, painted as giraffes in London Zoo and Zebra’s at Whipsnade will tackle a whole range of challenges including the disposal of ‘Zoo Poo’.

At London Zoo, the herbivores, including giraffes, bongo’s, camels and llama’s produce over 10 tonnes of it each week, which has to be stored efficiently until it can be collected and taken away for composting.

Bolton added: “Two compactors will be used exclusively for the ‘zoo poo’ and animal bedding. The compactors will ensure that the animal waste is stored efficiently and hygienically and all odours, spillage and vermin problems are totally eradicated while it is waiting for collection.”

ACM conducted detailed research on both sites before developing solutions to the waste problems and has also supplied a vertical mill sized baler for cardboard and a glass skip to allow the introduction of a glass recycling initiative.

A trailer has been provided to tow wheeled bins around the site as ZSL strive to recycle a large amount of waste that would otherwise have been sent to landfill.

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