From idea to business | The innovation journey
Innovation is at the core of Veolia’s strategy and culture towards building and shaping the circular economy: to manufacture green products, to produce green energy and to develop bespoke solutions for our clients.
Our employees actively involve themselves in these objectives by engaging in our internal innovation process to develop bespoke solutions for customer challenges.
All Veolia employees can submit their ideas. To start with, ideas are discussed informally within innovation workshops, promising ideas are then carried forward into the Innovation Den, where a formal pitching process takes place in front of customers, our Chief Executive Officer and Executive Committee Members. Approved ideas then gain mentoring support to test and then launch that innovative product into one of our business streams.
Select the tabs below to learn more about the green products that grew from employees innovative ideas and are now available to buy:
Cyclone Traffic Film Remover (TFR) turns excess washing up liquid, which would otherwise be discarded, into a commercial truck, heavy plant and loading equipment wash. Its efficient cleaning action swiftly breaks down the build up of road traffic film, to leave the vehicle's exterior clean.
Washing up liquid has a sell by date which once passed makes the product unsellable. To give this detergent a new life Veolia has established a recycling facility in Sheffield. Here every litre of waste detergent is used to create approximately seven litres of Cyclone TFR, a sustainable, competitively priced truck wash.
To trial 25 litres of Cyclone TFR at half price, or to order Cyclone TFR in quantities of 25, 205 or 1,000 litres, contact us outlining:
- The volume of Cyclone TFR that you require
- The frequency that you may require this quantity
- Your location
We currently use Cyclone TFR™ on our own fleet using jet lances and brushes to provide a top quality clean.
By using Cyclone TFR™, you can:
- Keep your fleet clean with a high performance non-corrosive truck wash
- Reduce costs
- Cut carbon emissions
- Improve your supply chain's sustainability and green credentials
Pro-Grow is a range of high quality peat free products available in different bag sizes to the garden retail market in the UK.
Veolia is the largest composting company in the UK, producing almost 200,000 tonnes of compost PAS100 per annum. With 12 production sites dotted across the UK we have a comprehensive range of products ideal for the horticultural industry.
Pro-Grow range gives a final touch to the garden. All of our products are 100% peat free, manufactured and packed in the UK which is quite unique in an industry still dominated by the use of peat.
Our range is currently retailed in more than 200 shops in the UK or you can find our products online here www.pro-grow.com
The range includes:
A careful blend of ingredients which provide the perfect growing conditions for a wide range of plants at all ages. Includes nutrients for healthy plants and organic matter to help break down heavy clay soils and improve sandy soils.
An attractive ornamental bark which can be used to enhance the health and appearance of garden borders, beds and pathways, and as a mulch to retain the moisture in the soil whilst keeping the weeds down.
The woodchip is pre-composted to give an attractive dark appearance and breaks down over time to gradually release nutrients and improve soil structure.
Pro-Grow Lawn Conditioner
Rejuvenates tired looking lawns by improving the soil structure for strong roots and providing natural nutrients for healthy grass. Ideal for application after turfing; for lawn repairs; or as a top dressing.
Pro-Grow Soil Conditioner
Rich in nutrients and essential trace elements, our Soil Association certified, organic soil conditioner provides plants with an ideal growing medium.
Pro-Grow Premium Top Soil is a premium quality product enriched with organic matter. It is a blend of PAS 100 quality peat-free compost and carefully selected single source virgin sand, screened to 0-10m. It is ideal for general landscaping solutions.
Our vision is one in which every litre of waste paint can be used sustainably either as a remanufactured paint or in another secondary product.
It is estimated that the average UK household has 17 tins of used paint being stored in their sheds and garages. Currently all that paint ends up in landfill or being incinerated.
What is Veolia's solution?
We have licensed technology that allows us to make high quality paint from leftover paint that would otherwise just be waste.
These remanufactured paints have been rigorously tested by the number one paint laboratory in the UK and found to meet the standards associated with a mid-range newly manufactured product. The Environment Agency has provided their opinion that the re-manufactured paint meets the end of waste criteria, allowing our products to be sold on the consumer market.
What types of paint are available?
Our core products are white and magnolia emulsions suitable for use on interior walls and ceilings. We can manufacture paint to either a matt or silk finish.
We have recently begun making bespoke batches of coloured paint to order; we would like to assist budding decorators choose the right shade of paint for your project.
Why should you buy Newlife paint?
This product is the very definition of a sustainable product; made from material that would otherwise be seen as waste and sent to landfill or worse, left to pollute our world. What better way to contribute, even in a small way, to the better use of resources.
Furthermore, each batch is hand-crafted to ensure that it is of the highest possible quality upon leaving our factory.
Our paint is independently tested to guarantee that it meets the same standards as newly maufactured paint.
How to order?
BioTrading is the missing link for the UK’s organic resources. The agile trading platform is a financial and environmental win-win for both buyer and seller.
For the wider society and the environment, it means more waste can be turned back into resources instead of going to landfill – taking us all towards a more circular economy.
How does it work?
Those who have resources to sell - including farmers, water and wastewater companies, as well as construction, hospitality, retailers, food and drinks sectors, biodiesel and bioethanol plants and food and beverage manufacturers - simply upload their products on www.biotrading.co.uk.
Buyers, such as anaerobic digestion plants, can search the platform for their desired products and have the option to bid or ‘buy now’. What’s more, the site also offers a haulage service if required.
The site showcases any organic resources currently for sale or auction, including:
- Food waste
- Food for redistribution
- Industrial organic by-products (packaged and non-packaged)
- Agricultural waste
- Biodiesel and bioethanol residues
- Sewage and industrial sludge
- Waste wood
- Green waste