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Sustainability in the South Atlantic

Veolia Environmental Services has struck up a partnership with the Ministry of Defences Disposal Services Authority in the Falkland islands, to help overseas British Forces manage their waste and protect the local environment.

The waste firm is identifying, recovering and transporting waste that cannot be treated on the islands. Veolias staff have been providing this service since 2001 and are currently working on-site at the supply squadron unit in the Falklands to segregate, repackage and load shipping containers with waste such as paints, fuels and adhesives that require specialist disposal.

The Falkland Islands are home to a rare variety of species including penguins, plants, birds and a rich marine life.

Director of Disposal Services Authority John Simkins said: Part of the work we do in the Falklands requires the use of materials such as paints and fuels that cannot be treated on-site due to lack of resources. We have been working with Veolia Environmental Services to make sure these materials are disposed of safely and do not have an impact on this unique island.

Veolia UK operations managing director Tom Spaul said: The unspoiled natural landscape of the Falklands is a rarity and we are working with the British forces to make sure the environment is preserved. Our team of specialists will carry out a series of highly regulated procedures that comply with international law to transport waste from the island back to the UK for dedicated treatment and recycling.

Image: Falklands Albatross

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