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Gatwick Airport Contracts with Sweeptech to deliver its Glycol Recovery Program

Gatwick Airport, having mandated itself to become the greenest airport in the world, is challenging every aspect of its processing to improve sustainability delivery and it is through this initiative that they have contracted with Sweeptech who will endeavour to deliver a robust recovery and onsite recycling program treating all monopropylene glycol that is sprayed on its client aircraft during the winter months to stop them freezing with a longer term goal of the waste material then being used within the wider business community of the airport.

Sweeptech Environmental Services becomes the UK’s Largest Road Sweeping and Gully Waste Recycling Processor

Our commitment to delivering 100% landfill avoidance with up to 95% compliant WDF recycling reporting opportunity has resulted in us contracting to process road sweeping and gully waste arising for over 30 Authorities, including the City of London, Highways Agencies and Heathrow, Gatwick and London City Airports and major construction PLCs.

Sweeptech achieves ‘End of Waste Status’ on Road Sweeping and Gully Waste post-processed fractions delivering enhanced WDF recycling reporting

We are pleased to report that the Environmental Agency has agreed that Sweeptech’s robust 75000 annual treatment processes and bespoke WRAP Aggregates Quality Protocol is compliant to enable the certification of post treated waste including sand and aggregates with ‘end of waste status’.

This has allowed us to enhance our clients’ sustainability reporting capability with both Waste Data Flow and also closed loop recycling with the communities they are operating through reuse of the material which is returned in Sweeptech movement during waste collection.

This has been a real challenge but we are delighted to have achieved it through continued Environmental Leadership focus.

WRAP Protocol amendment delivering recycling benefits to Road Sweeper Waste and Gully Waste processing.

Wrap has announced that the mineral fraction recovered by Mechanical and /or Biological Treatment (MBT) can now be used as feed stock for aggregate recycling, therefore allowing recovered material to be removed from the waste chain for the first time and achieve ‘End of Waste Status’.

The revised WRAP protocol states that End of Waste status will only be achieved if the treatment processes involves washing the input waste material with the design recovering the mineral as a ‘clean product free from organics’ and other contaminates. Therefore, simply screening the material without further treatment will not achieve the required separation.

This amendment plays very well to Sweeptech’s new 75,000 tonne per annum washing facility that breaks all input waste into fractions including sand, aggregate, plastics metals and organics.

Sweeptech Acquires New Waste Site to Recycle 75,000 tonnes of Road Sweeping and Gully Waste per annum

Sweeptech Acquires New Waste Site to Recycle 75,000 tonnes of Road Sweeping and Gully Waste per annum

Sweeptech has purchased a new site in Sussex which is in the process of commissioning a state of the art Road Sweeping and Gully waste recycling facility that is expected to return annual Waste Data Flow recycling reporting rates of up to 87% with 100% landfill avoidance delivery.

The facility is being delivered following exponential growth in client demand for EWC 20-03-03 waste recycling following the Environment Agencies increasing interest in what is in fact happening with this waste stream.

The 25 tonne per hour road sweepings and gully waste recycling system includes a full water treatment system. Following extensive material testing there were several new pieces of equipment developed including a bespoke material specific feed hopper arrangement, along with a RotoMax 60R high attrition system specifically designed to handle this heavily contaminated material.   Through this recycling process we can help our clients achieve enhanced recycling targets while also reducing their requirement for virgin aggregate and hopefully increases composting volumes.

Product to be extracted post processing includes:

Road Sweeper and Gully Waste Recycling

Road Sweeper and Gully Waste Recycling

Award of London Road Sweeper and Gully Waste Recycling Contract

Sweeptech wins Inner London Road Sweeper and Gully Wet Waste Recycling contract 

Through their ongoing commitment to introduce Sustainability improvement Cory Environmental has awarded Sweeptech its contract to recycle the Road Sweeper and Gully detritus of the ‘Western Riverside Waste Authority’. This contract delivers the exclusive recycling of  Road Sweeping and Gully waste of The City of London, Westminster City Council and the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Sweeptech will deliver 100% landfill disposal avoidance during this contract and is working towards delivering up to 87% Waste Data Flow recycling  reporting of this waste material.

Clients involved in this contract:

EA and AfOR Leaf Sweeping Compost Trials

EA and AfOR Leaf Sweeping Compost Trials
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Gatwick Airport Road Sweeper Waste Recycling Facility Supply

Airport Road Sweeper Waste Recycling Facility supply for Main Runway Rehabilitation Contract
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Environment Agency releases much needed guidelines on the legal treatment of Road Sweeping and Gully Waste

Environment Agency releases much needed guidelines on the legal treatment of Road Sweeping and Gully Waste.
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Sweeptech wins BCE Environmental Leadership Award

Sweeptech Environmental Services wins Major Commendation Award at the BCE Environmental Leadership Awards for Wet Waste Recycling

Founded by Sir Peter Parker in 1975, the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards scheme is the longest running, and one of the most prestigious, environmental award schemes in the UK.

The Awards are given to companies that the judges recognise as meeting the commercial demands of the present, without compromising the environment for future generations, demonstration of corporate responsibility being an integral part of their organisation, they are innovative and are ahead of the competition.

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Sir Stuart Rose (right) presenting the award to Martin Smith, Chief Executive of Sweeptech Environmental Services.

Sir Stuart Rose said:

“I’ve been very impressed with the quality of this year’s BCE Award winners and commend them for their commitment to the environment, particularly in the face of such challenging economic conditions. They’ve really set the bar for other companies.

“I know from my own experiences at Marks & Spencer that businesses need to display qualities of leadership, innovation and excellence to succeed with sustainability initiatives. These demanding attributes are also required to win a prestigious BCE Award and all the winners deserve enormous credit.

“Businesses will need to show these qualities in spades to adapt in a rapidly changing world. We need to radically alter our business models to cope with a perfect storm of climate change, a growing global population and finite resources. The BCE Awards scheme has pioneered the recognition of companies taking the lead on environmental issues and the winners’ achievements are an inspiration to their peers.”

Said of Sweeptech when presenting the awards:

In 2007, the EU Landfill Directive banned all ‘sludge wet waste’ containing more than 10% liquid volume being disposed of at landfill, without receiving pre-treatment. As a result, Sweeptech’s staff recognised that producers and, therefore, owners of sludge wet waste did not have a compliant or environmentally safe waste-disposal remedy. Therefore, the business created and patented its road sweeper and gully wet waste recycling process.

The process is applicable to a wide range of organisations including waste companies, utility companies, construction companies, highways authorities, local authorities, airports and manufacturers. It provides the following benefits:

  • Regulatory compliance.

  • Material recycling.

  • Sustainability improvement (including ‘Waste Strategy 2000′ landfill reduction reporting benefits for local authorities).

  • Carbon footprint reduction.

  • Environmental protection.

  • Waste disposal cost reduction.

  • Revenue generation opportunity.

  • Delivers up to 95% reduction in waste volume to landfill.

  • Delivers about 95% waste material recycling capability.

  • Changes the Landfill Tax obligation for remaining 5% waste.

  • Reduces commercial transport movement.

  • Helps eradicate ‘leachate’ pollution to the water course.

  • Removes water hydrant licence costs.

  • Reduces water depletion from local reservoirs.

By using this facility in the last year, the business’s own street cleansing operation has reduced its landfill deposits by 18,000 tonnes and its commercial vehicle carbon footprint by over 100,000 miles.

To see the Sweeptech Environmental Services  video click here .

Sweeptech wins Innovation and Technology business award

Sweeptech wins  ‘INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY’ business award at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards for its Road Sweeper and Gully Wet Waste Recycling Facility 

Innovation and Technology Awards

Sir Trevor McDonald presenting the award ceremony said of Sweeptech “ahead of their competition in the category” and “they have won for their pioneering processes that are leading the industry”.

As stated by the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards ‘The Award winners are those businesses or people who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work, and have demonstrated a real commitment to this fast-developing sub-regions. The Gatwick Diamond is one of the key economic regions in the South East and is set to become a world-class business destination.’

Sweeptech opens innovative Road Sweeper and Gully Wet Waste Recycling

Sweeptech opens innovative Road Sweeper and Gully Wet Waste Recycling and Waste Transfer Facility in Sussex delivering legal compliance and sustainability improvements to the disposal of Road Sweeper, Gully, Sludge and Aqueous liquid waste 

In accordance with our commitment to deliver environmental improvement we are pleased to announce that having received an EA Permit we have opened a Sussex based Road Sweeper, Gully and Sludge Wet Waste Recycling Waste Transfer Facility that delivers our clients, their stakeholders and our community the following benefits:

  • Waste disposal regulatory compliance;
  • Sustainability improvement (including ‘Waste Strategy’ 2000 landfill reduction reporting benefits);
  • Carbon footprint reduction;
  • Environmental protection;
  • Waste disposal cost reduction.

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Our facility has been designed to ease the burden created by:

  • ‘The Landfill Directive’, that recently banned ‘wet waste’ generated from street cleansing activity being disposed of at landfill;
  • The Environment Agency’s renewed enforcement focus on this waste stream as outlined in their recent fact sheet that stated that only 35 local authorities out of the 402 with whom they consulted confirmed compliance capability following enactment of the Landfill directive.


We are currently working on the delivery of similar facilities around Great Britain through both partnership with Local Authorities and our own initiatives.

Further information on our wet waste recycling process can be found by clicking here.

Sweeptech wins tender to supply Cardiff County Council

Sweeptech wins tender to supply Cardiff County Council with Road Sweeper and Gully Wet Waste Recycling Facility  
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Sweeptech wins Gatwick Airport airside tender

Sweeptech wins contract with Shell UK
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Sweeptech wins tender for Balfour Beatty Mott McDonald’s Area 4 ‘Cleansing and Associated Works’ contract

Sweeptech wins tender for Balfour Beatty Mott McDonald’s Area 4 ‘Cleansing and Associated Works’ contract
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Sweeptech supplies Olympic construction site Tier 1 waste contractor Veolia with Wet Waste recycling equipment

Sweeptech supplies Olympic construction site Tier 1 waste contractor with Wet Waste recycling equipment

We are proud to announce that we have supported Veolia, the Olympic Tier 1 waste contractor with provision of specialist wet waste recycling equipment to support their on-site Road Sweeper wet waste tip.

The facility has been designed to accommodate and process all road sweeping waste generated during the construction of the Olympic Stadium and its ancillary projects.

The equipment has delivered them a compliant and sustainable waste recycling solution on what is widely considered to be one of the worlds most high profile construction sites, with the aim of delivering zero waste to landfill.

Sweeptech secures it own Airside Operators Licence

Sweeptech secures it own Airside Operators Licence 
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New improved penalty powers for UK Environmental Regulators

New improved penalty powers for UK Environmental Regulators – Nov 2009
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Landfill Tax increase changes

Landfill Tax increase changes from 1st September 2009
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