Darlington, U.K.-based waste management firm, Total Recycling Services has helped a leading global paints and chemicals manufacturer to advance its sustainability and ensure its compliance to environmental standards.

AkzoNobel, famous for well-known brands such as Dulux, Polycell and Hammerite, has recently opened its most sustainable manufacturing facility in Ashington, U.K., which is capable of producing 200 million litres of paints annually.

Initially, Total serviced multiple sites by providing waste management and cleaning services for AkzoNobel before all production moved to Ashington in September.

Nick Turnbull, Health, Safety, Environmental, Sustainability & Security Manager at AkzoNobel, said, “Our working relationship with Total Recycling Services has always been excellent and constructive. Dialogue between our site team and the Total Recycling team has been great and nothing ever appears to be a problem.

“Working with Total aligns with our philosophy of zero to land fill, which is a major site goal. We have a wish to partner with companies who can demonstrate this.

“I know that all documentation is of the highest standards which gives the Ashington site confidence that waste materials are being handled and disposed of as sensitively as possible.”

Total Recycling has also undertaken training to AkzoNobel’s personnel on waste management procedures, which have helped to support the company’s targets and objectives.

Sue Woodward, Commercial Director of Total Recycling Services, said, “Ensuring that businesses are making the correct commercial and environmental decision is top priority for us, and if that involves us having members of staff on-site or training our customers' members of staff we are happy to do that.

"AkzoNobel is a global powerhouse and we're delighted that they have shown such a commitment to building a sustainable future through their environmental principles.

“In the future, I hope Total and AkzoNobel’s relationship will grow and develop as we share the same vision for waste management and development of recycling initiatives.

Nick concluded, “Since moving to our new facility, we have been increasing production volumes. Waste levels have risen with this increase; however, these are in line with what we expected to see and are being handled as sensitively as possible with regards to recycling, reprocessing and disposal. Because of this our waste costs have risen in line with that.

“If you’re a manufacturer who is looking to increase productivity but is worried about the impact it will have on the environment, you need to partner with a company who listens to what you require. Someone who is prepared to change and move with your needs, and provide sound guidance, advice and services that support these goals and meets your expectations with regards to waste management

Total Recycling Services has most recently outlined its targets for the next five years, aiming to take the business to a £30m turnover.


By Total Recycling Services