Whirlpool achieves 50% reduction in general waste and re-appoints waste management company in multi-million pound deal

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Whirlpool achieves 50% reduction in general waste and re-appoints waste management company in multi-million pound deal

  • International kitchen appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation, home to the Hotpoint, Indesit, Whirlpool and KitchenAid brands, announces a further three-year extension to its contract with its waste management partner, Axil integrated services
  • The multi-million pound contract extension follows the achievement of a 50% reduction in general waste and zero waste to landfill at Whirlpool’s UK headquarters in Peterborough and the Yate manufacturing center near Bristol
  • Through its partnership with Axil, Whirlpool is on track to achieve its Net Zero 2030 goal for its Scope 1 and 2 emissions

PETERBOROUGH, UK, 21st June 2022Kitchen appliance manufacturer Whirlpool UK Appliances Limitedthe home of the Hotpoint, Indesit, Whirlpool and KitchenAid brands, has announced the appointment of Axil integrated services in a multi-million pound deal. This follows a very successful previous partnership with the waste management company which saw the manufacturer reduce its overall waste by 50% and achieve its commitment of zero waste to landfill by 2022 at Whirlpool sites in Peterborough. and Yate.

The manufacturer’s reappointment of Axil underscores Whirlpool’s continued commitment to its sustainability goals, including its Net Zero 2030 goal for its Scope 1 and 2 emissions. To date, the waste management expert has already helped Whirlpool reduce its plastic use by 80%, as well as an overall reduction in general waste of 50%, or about the weight of a double-decker bus each month. Additionally, Axil saved the company 1,800 manual hours by introducing machinery for moving and processing waste.

With the support of Axil, Whirlpool has implemented a leading waste management solution that closely follows the waste hierarchy. This includes a series of innovations to meet Whirlpool’s recycling and waste reduction goals, such as:

  • General waste reduction through sorting, reclassification and energy recovery pathways
  • Simplified metal baling process by removing unnecessary handling, which improved health, safety and efficiency
  • Improved on-site processing procedures using new machinery
  • Switched to using local suppliers and a local recycling center for recyclable materials, which saved time, reduced Whirlpool’s carbon footprint and directly supported Whirlpool’s strategy to support the local economy
  • Elimination of single-use cutlery and cups in on-site canteens and replacement with biodegradable products
  • Regeneration of hazardous waste compounds
  • Installation of new wellness cabins for staff

The new multi-million pound contract includes total waste management of all waste streams including: processing and recycling of scrap metal, cardboard, plastic, wood, general waste, mixed recycling to dry and hazardous waste.

Axil and Whirlpool have worked together to introduce new systems and processes to ensure materials that may have previously been classified as waste are recycled. The separation of these valuable raw materials, along with the recent increase in the value of raw materials such as metal, has helped Whirlpool receive a £400,000 increase in waste rebates from 2020 to 2021.

Commenting on the partnership, David Sherrington, Head of Energy, Environment, Health and Safety UK & Ireland, Whirlpool, said, “We have made great strides in waste management with the help and leadership of Axil Integrated Services. We are delighted to have achieved our goal of zero waste to landfill, but we will continue to work with Axil to further reduce our waste while pursuing our ambitious sustainability goals.

Noting the important role that manufacturers must play in reducing their carbon emissions and waste, Jason Lang, Commercial Director, Axil Integrated Services, said: “We are very proud that Whirlpool has extended its contract with us, which is a testament to the excellent work of the Axil team, Whirlpool’s commitment to achieving its zero waste goals and our strong working relationship.

“Recycling has increased significantly thanks to the Axil total waste management solution. Whirlpool is now able to manage, control and understand its waste, not only in terms of cost, but also volume, type and quantity. We hope Whirlpool will set an example for others in the manufacturing industry, a sector that has a key role to play if the UK is to achieve its climate ambitions.

Across its global operations, Whirlpool demonstrates its commitment to the environment through several projects, including #LessPlastic. Whirlpool’s other sustainability partners include PlanetMark, which will independently audit the organization’s GHG emissions. Whirlpool’s latest sustainability report is available here.

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