British Antarctic Survey extends Veolia's waste contract

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Veolia has extended the waste and recycling services which it has been providing for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) since 2004. To ensure the research activities leave no waste in the Antarctic, the contract includes a range of specialist logistics, treatment and recycling services for interdisciplinary research in the polar regions. This is reported to cover the operations of many UK research stations, ships and aircraft that support the research activities.

BAS is a research-driven organisation which aims to advance the understanding of earth and human impact on it and in particular how it is responding to ever-increasing human pressures. The materials and waste from the research activities is returned to various UK ports twice a year for specialist recycling, treatment and disposal. Under the new contract that builds on services delivered since 2004, Veolia will provide collection and transfer from the ports to various recycling facilities using a maritime barge and support vehicles.

According to Veolia, maintaining the environment of the polar regions and safely delivering complex operations in extreme conditions produces a diverse range of materials. These include laboratory samples, electrical equipment, commercial waste, clothing, rope, survival gear and more recently the obsolete living quarters. To meet the BAS needs, the Veolia team will include chemists, logistics and recycling specialists.

Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice-president Veolia UK & Ireland said: “The British Antarctic Survey is at the forefront of innovation in the study of human impact on the planet. Our continuing support for this work will help them maintain their unique work environment and protect the polar regions.”

Rachel Clarke, head of environment at the British Antarctic Survey added: “We value the commitment of our waste contractors to help us improve our recycling rates and meet the objectives of our environmental strategy. As an organisation at the forefront of environmental research we welcome innovative solutions for waste management and ways to improve our environmental performance.”

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