Underground waste management system reduces vehicle movements

Published:  02 March, 2012

The UK's only underground vacuum waste management system, Envac, has handled 500 tonnes of waste, reduced waste collection vehicle movements by 90 per cent and helped increase the London Borough of Brent's recycling levels by 50 per cent since it became operational four years ago.

Envac, which is expected to announce further UK projects over the coming months, was commissioned by Quintain Estates and Development plc in 2007 to serve the 85-acre Wembley City site.

On Wembley City's completion the system will handle 160 waste tonnes each week and service 7,000 mixed use residential units, a designer outlet shopping centre, a new Hilton Hotel and retail, leisure and entertainment venues.

Joakim Karlsson, Envac'sRegional President for the North European Countries, says: “We're delighted that one of our flagship systems is having such a positive impact on the London borough and remain committed to help shape London's sustainability legacy. We now have 36 offices in 20 countries worldwide and are seeing more interest in underground vacuum technology as sustainability targets increase, landfill taxes rise and people become more aware of their carbon footprint. We look forward to building on our UK presence over the coming years.”

Karlsson, who has been responsible for Envac's European growth, will be providing input into the strategic direction of the UK arm following Julian Gaylor's departure.

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