Reducing waste through innovation
ORGANIC FOOD WASTE AND MIXED WASTE
The Cribbs Mall sees drastic reduction in waste with innovative approach.
We have worked with the Shopping Mall to design our system to meet the existing working practices of the operations team, factoring in the challenges of location and access, bin size, collection frequency, average weights and waste types.
The Mall at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol is a major regional shopping destination covering 750,000 sq ft with over 150 retail stores attracting a large volume of visitors from a wide catchment area. There is a 1200 seat food court as well as a number of restaurants and brands across the site. The site employs over 1100 staff and has attracted over 35m visitors since it opened in 1998.
- Reduce the quantity of waste leaving the site
- Reduce costs of waste that is segregated off-site and its associated transport costs
- Cut the number of journeys required for collection, ultimately reducing the carbon footprint
- Reduce the overall cost of waste management
Retail stores within the site
Square foot property size
Visitors since opening in 1998
Machine commissioned in early 2020
Implementing and commissioning
There are a range of costs and environmental impacts, that are associated with waste management and it is best practice to minimise these elements as far as is reasonably practicable.
The brief therefore was to reduce the quantity of waste leaving the site, thereby reducing costs on waste that is segregated off-site and its associated transport costs, along with the number of journeys required for collection; ultimately, reducing the carbon footprint and cost of waste management.
The Mall's management team have been hugely supportive in working with us to ensure that our innovative processes are implemented to reduce the impact the shopping mall has on the environment. We worked together to design to meet the existing working practices of the operations team, factoring the challenges of the location and access, bin sizes, collection frequency, average weights and waste types.
The XO3 machine was installed in September 2020 and testing finished by October 2020. During the testing period the installation team were able to achieve excellent mass and volume reduction. In December 2020 the XO machine was fully integrated into the operational practice of the site waste management team.
The XO system operates almost autonomously, requiring little interaction from the operatives. At the start of the process a wheelie bin is placed onto a bin lifter. Then once the door is closed the machine takes over, lifting and emptying the waste into a hopper, which in turn feeds a shredder.
We were able to remotely monitor the performance and the outputs of the equipment to ensure the most efficient operation possible as well as carrying out safety checks, service requirements and monitoring gas levels.
Data is collected and evaluated on a daily basis. By using a weighing system we have been able to calculate the amounts and types of waste put into the machine and assess the level of waste reduction made. These figures fluctuate according to the activity levels across the site and the waste stream and amounts inputted into the machine.
Between December 2020 and April 2021 the results showed an average reduction of 56.6% which represents a significant saving to the Mall.
Less pick ups
We noticed the difference from day one. The X03 machine has made a big impact in reducing our daily waste output. It has transformed the speed at which we can process waste whilst lowering our overall impact on the environment.
Environmental Services Manager, Incentive FM