Case studies

Sustainable supply chains

Shanks is a waste-to-product company. We have a very different supply chain compared to a standard manufacturing or services company. Our upstream raw material is the very waste we receive at our facilities. Our downstream products are the recycled and recovered materials we make from waste and the green energy we produce. Our supply chain is waste-to-product.

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Going direct to produce plastics

Our anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Lelystad, in the Netherlands, already produces organic fertiliser and green electricity from the food and similar waste it receives. If a new trial system at the site is successful, we could also soon be helping to produce plastics direct from the waste.

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Leading by example

Senior management take a strong lead in making health and safety a top priority and that is reflected in the significant improvement in our more serious accident rates over the past decade.

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Embedding a strong safety culture

All our divisions hold annual safety events to target improvement in specific areas of health and safety performance. In recent years, many of these have evolved into full safety weeks, dedicated to engaging our employees on safety issues.

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Sensing danger

Collisions between mobile plant vehicles or trucks and pedestrians are the most common type of fatal accident at waste management sites. Shanks has always aimed to keep a firm grip on traffic management, through measures such as dedicated traffic safety audits and action plans.

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Finger on the Pulse

We launched the Pulse employee engagement survey in June 2014 to enable us to better understand our people’s perspectives and take resulting action to improve their engagement. This survey tested the ‘pulse’ of the organisation by gaining anonymous feedback in a number of key areas, including how our people feel about their work and how well we communicate throughout Shanks. The aim was to discover what we are doing well and to identify areas for improvement.

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Developing our future leaders

Our people are critical to our future success. Developing new and existing employees for the future is key to our success. This is particularly important for those employees who may become our future leaders. Our Hazardous Waste Division’s management development programme is one example of how we develop our people.

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Opening children’s eyes to blind spots

All companies that operate trucks on public roads are aware of the inherent risks involved – and that’s certainly the case at Shanks, which operates more than 450 trucks across its Netherlands Commercial activities. Any collision between a large, heavy truck and a private car, cyclist or pedestrian has the potential to be serious and even fatal.

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Educated in waste at Wakefield

Many of Shanks’ sites routinely receive visitors and some have dedicated education rooms and facilities to host visits by school groups and local community organisations. The new education centre at our Wakefield facility takes this approach one step further.

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Assessing our energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is an issue for virtually all organisations. For Shanks, with the wide portfolio of waste-to-product technologies it operates, energy use is a major cost and efficiency is a key concern. In addition, better energy efficiency in many cases also means lower carbon emissions.

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Improving fire safety at ATM

For many people, management systems mean paperwork and to a certain extent this is still true. But, increasingly management systems are, or are becoming, electronic. This brings benefits, but can also pose the risk of incompatible or confusing separate electronic systems.

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