Global resource management company, Veolia, has been awarded a contract to provide healthcare waste management services for NHS Test and Trace’s new Rosalind Franklin Laboratory, a new state-of-the-art, very high-throughput COVID-19 laboratory in Royal Leamington Spa, under a Crown Commercial Services Framework.
Veolia's teams will self-deliver a fully comprehensive service covering all aspects of the waste management process at the facility which is designed to process hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 tests per day, and operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By using specialist treatment and disposal facilities the compliant treatment route will maximise the energy recovery, and lower carbon emissions.
The service will cover all aspects of the waste management process, from the initial collection at the point of production and on-site transfer and consolidation, through to off-site transportation, treatment, and disposal. The laboratory waste will primarily be disposed of at Veolia's Energy Recovery Facility in Tyseley and help supply green energy for Birmingham.
Significant emissions reductions can be achieved by using energy recovery facilities, with recent successful demonstrations showing that clinical waste can be safely and compliantly destroyed and achieve more than 60% reductions in carbon emissions compared to other commonly applied treatments.
Veolia will also collect and treat waste at Veolia's Empire Treatment Plant and Norwood facilities on a daily basis, including the recovery of liquid solvents and transformation into secondary liquid fuel. This process is another way in which Veolia creates green energy from waste by producing a blended fuel, which is used as a replacement to fossil fuel, in the manufacture of cement.
This new UK service works alongside the other specialist Covid-19 services introduced by the company over the last year. These include a compliant way of safely collecting, containing, and treating potentially contaminated PPE, COVID-19 disinfection services designed to ensure compliant treatment for businesses prior to reopening, manufacturing hand sanitizer, and adapting existing infrastructure to treat and dispose of potentially contaminated wastes.
We look forward to working with the teams at the Rosalind Franklin laboratory in Royal Leamington Spa, and supporting the efforts to monitor and control the pandemic.