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COVID Procedures at the MRF

Posted on: 25 May 2021

We have now passed the year milestone since lockdown in England was announced, and while the stay-at-home mandate has seen people all over the country working from home, as a key service provider, we needed to keep our Materials Recycling Facility (“MRF”) near London fully operational to process the municipal and other wastes that continue to be generated regardless.

Waste arriving for tipping at our London MRFIn order to keep our colleagues safe and help play our part in minimising the potential spread of the virus, we followed these guidelines, implemented changes across our facilities and found new ways to operate.

We carried out in-house risk assessments, utilising further official guidance from industry sources such as the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Waste Industry Safety & Health (WISH).

As we all know, social distancing is pivotal in reducing the transmission of the virus. To enable this at the MRF we introduced a reduced contact policy at the weighbridge, asking drivers to stay in their vehicles while tipping.  We also restricted site entry to essential personnel only.

Also, our MRF staff were asked to stagger their shift times to avoid groups and gatherings at peak arrival and departure times.  They were provided with PPE including gloves, masks and anti-bacterial wipes, and equipment such as flexi-glass screens in the canteen.

We promoted good hygiene practices, with increased sanitisation aids implemented throughout our site and regular deep cleaning in communal areas. Our existing paperless ticket system, while originally introduced as an environmentally friendly measure, has since became another tool in reducing contact.