Oil and gas suppliers benefit from free Aberdeen waste-management option

Steven Mitchell, Subsea Piping Solutions
Steven Mitchell, Subsea Piping Solutions

A new environmental campaign to divert waste from being sent to potentially harmful landfill sites has achieved its first major milestone since launching in Aberdeen last year.

Not-for-Landfill – the first campaign of its kind in the UK – was introduced by city-based company One Stop Waste Solutions last Easter.

Since then it has attracted signatures from dozens of north-east businesses with leading oil services firm National Oilwell Varco (NOV) having the distinction of becoming the 100th member of the campaign.

The free-to-use business network supports companies to recycle and reuse, as well as promoting best practice and the good work already being done by organisations to avoid landfill. To date, members have actively diverted more than 1,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Signatories to the campaign are asked to take a pledge committing to reduce, reuse and recycle waste; segregate key recyclable materials; and, create a working environment that is conducive to effective waste management, among other environmental objectives.

Since joining the Not-for-Landfill campaign, NOV Rig Systems and Aftermarket has successfully found a greener solution to its waste management and now favours waste-to-energy rather than using landfill as the primary destination for its general waste.

Richard Heslop, service and repairs director at NOV Rig Systems, said: “As a company we take our commitment to the environment very seriously and we have received tremendous buy-in from our staff, with every individual doing what they can to help the business achieve its overall environmental objectives.

“We looked at the actions that we had taken against the points of the pledge and realised that we were already working within it and so we should sign-up and participate in this worthwhile campaign. The Not-for-Landfill campaign is wider than just redirection of waste from landfill and we saw One Stop Waste Solutions as a progressive company who came up with ‘pragmatic’ solutions to problems.”

Well-services company Altus Intervention – which is based in a 20-acre site at Portlethen and which employs in the region of 500 personnel for UK based work – also Not-for-Landfill.

“We were extremely keen to join the ‘Not-For-Landfill’ campaign because we felt that although we have a good management of waste already in place that we could benefit from the input and learnings from other companies and possibly implement these experiences into new practices,” said an Altus spokesman.

Subsea Piping Solutions – founded in 2015 and specialising  in orbital welding, instrument piping and aftermarket refurbishments for the oil & gas industry – is another user.

A spokesman said: “We are keen to further protect our environment, by working closely with our waste management supplier. We also have plans to install a CHP plant at our premises, which will provide the heat and electricity required to run our site. This will allow us to become self-sufficient and reduce our carbon footprint even more. We are currently looking into opportunities to do this.”

Craig Donoghue, campaign manager for Not-for-Landfill and managing director at One Stop Waste Solutions, said: “Businesses are becoming more and more environmentally-aware and, increasingly, see being eco-friendly as a key differentiator in a competitive market. Diverting waste from landfill also makes sound commercial sense due to the increases in landfill tax introduced by the Scottish Government.”

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