Goodbye Bristol Waste Company!

On the last internal audit at the BWC Albert Road Waste Transfer Station, I spotted one of the newly procured Romaquip kerb side sorting vehicles now being used to collect the recycling from residents in Bristol. They look very smart and shiny!

I have been working with BWC since November 2016 and it was my first project on behalf of ConsultQA, since 2016. With various teams from BWC, including the Business Development and Sustainability team and the Performance and Reporting team, we have completed the following projects:

  • ISO 9001:2015 quality management system implementation at Albert Road
  • ISO 9001:2015 extension to scope implementation across all other BWC sites
  • ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system implementation across all BWC sites and integrated with the existing quality management system
  • Quarterly integrated internal audits and management review meetings
Close up of the cardboard bay, the cardboard recycling rate has increased significantly across Bristol so the Baler in Albert Road Transfer Station is having to work extra shifts to get it baled up and ready for transportation to reprocessors.
Close up of the bikes collected at Days Road HWRC for refurbishment and reuse by various bike charities and reuse partners across Bristol, previously all of these bikes would have gone in the metal recycling bay so it is great that they are being given a new lease of life and going to people who need a bike.

I have learnt so much about waste management during these projects, and I find the logistics behind collecting, sorting and reprocessing the recycling and rubbish we all produce everyday fascinating. I also love the unexpected (to me at least!) knock on effects of what is going on in wider society around Bristol – for example a World Cup final on a sunny weekend generates additional amounts of cardboard from pizza boxes and aluminium from all the beer cans!

BWC have recently restructured and now have a new SHEQ team who will be taking the internal auditing function back in house as well as implementing and integrating ISO 45001 this year so I wish the new team the best of luck for the future!

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