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Wessex Cleaning Equipment has launched an industry-first janitorial machine recycling program that sends nothing to landfill sites, ensuring its customers are at the forefront of innovation and sustainability practices. 

This new service offers clients detailed component and recycling reporting to help them gain and maintain prestigious environmental accreditations such as Planet Mark and B-Corp while drastically reducing the residual plastic waste that the FM sector produces. 

After successful customer trials, Wessex is rolling this program out nationwide to combat the hundreds of tons of plastic waste from the FM and commercial cleaning sectors that often end up in landfills and contribute to atmospheric pollution. 

Millions of tonnes of plastics are used and thrown away in the UK every year, with a large majority making its way to UK landfills, where it will last for centuries and continue to pollute the environment. Furthermore, this waste could end up littering the natural environment, which in turn can pollute soils, rivers and oceans, and harm the creatures that inhabit them. In a day and age where businesses demand more sustainable alternatives to waste and plastics, Wessex Cleaning Equipment has put together a zero to landfill solution for all types and sizes of janitorial machinery.

Driven by their passion for creating a more sustainable future for the industry, Wessex has designed a first of its kind solution that rids both their operation and their clients of all plastic and components from retired or non-functional janitorial machinery heading to landfills. They are accepting everything from used tub vacuums to ride-on scrubber dryers. 

If clients request, Wessex service engineers can first try to repair any non-functional machinery to give it a new lease of life before recycling. However, if this is not possible, the machine will be processed for recycling under this scheme, giving a circular approach to machine end of life management. 

Any business can opt to take this service. In return, they will receive an Asset Report that details what has been collected and processed, a Material Breakdown report which shows what materials the machines had in their raw state when the machines were disassembled, and a full recycling report once all components are at their end-of-life stage.

Suppose any materials cannot be fully recycled. In that case, they move to an ‘Energy from Waste’ facility where they produce electricity, power, and heat which offers customers a Circular Solution, i.e., ‘releasing energy.’ The residual material is then used for road building as a composite in the aggregates, or as building materials in the construction industry.   

Matthew Rogers, Wessex's Marketing Manager, who has worked to create the program, said, "All of the team at Wessex are proud to offer this solution to the industry. The FM sector is increasingly competitive, and we must work to put our customers at the leading edge of innovation regarding bids and contracts. As service-users look to our customers for more environmental, sustainable, and innovative solutions, our business must adapt and support them.

“Wessex customers will now be able to offer their clients a zero-landfill solution for all their machines, as part of their service, which gives our customers the edge over their competition." 

If any business is looking for a circular, zero to landfill solution for their janitorial machinery, they should contact Wessex for more information. 

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