Biffa subcontracted projects at Tom Hill and Beech Lane pumping stations to Clearland following a combined total of 190 tonnes of general mixed and shredded waste being fly-tipped.
In both cases, speed of completion was specified as being the key factor for the award of the projects. The remote sites were owned by Severn Trent and formed an integral part of the management of local sewage effluent.
Due to access restrictions at both locations, grab wagons were deployed to remove the waste. Both projects were completed within 48 hours.
Steve Keeling, projects and business development manager for Biffa, discusses the growth of illegal fly-tipping and why he turned to a site clearance specialist
What were the circumstances that led you to contact Clearland?
With the ever-increasing emergence of illegal fly-tipping in the UK bordering on a pandemic, waste clearance jobs of this nature have been a growing concern. When we were contacted to help provide a solution, we went out to the market to find a partner that we could trust and carry out the projects professionally.
Having worked with Chris [Farmer] and Paul [Danks, Clearland director] previously, I was aware of their reputations for professionalism on jobs of this nature. I contacted Paul immediately and Clearland took full control.
Did you consider tackling the job at hand yourself?
As a national waste clearance specialist, we endeavour to complete all projects offered to us. But there are circumstances where regional projects cannot be completed due to demanding time constraints and a lack of resources available at short notice. In these cases, Biffa will outsource the projects.
Why did you choose Clearland?
I was aware of the projects that Clearland had already completed and the feedback was always very positive. The key focus from my perspective when assigning a project is to ensure that it is completed with speed and efficiency. Clearland is always efficient in its approach, from assignment to completion.
How did Clearland respond to your request?
Communication from the outset was a key factor here. I contacted Paul regarding the project and, within a couple of hours, an outlet for the materials had been established by Clearland and the logistics in place for waste disposal.
Is waste dumping something that you have been experiencing more of in recent times? Why do you think this is?
Without a doubt, fly-tipping continues to grow. It is difficult to put your finger on the exact reasons for this increase of late. But it is important to tackle the issue with a proactive approach rather than a reactive one.