Salford-based Kenny Waste Management (KWM) is collaborating with university and low carbon expertise to transform its waste identification and reporting process and set itself apart from the competition.
From small beginnings over 30 years ago, KWM has quickly grown into a full-service waste management company, employing over 100 people and servicing a number of high-profile blue chip clients, SMEs and other businesses.
The company has built its reputation on service quality, competitive pricing and continually looking at ways to innovate and stay one step ahead of the industry.
Its latest idea is to use cutting-edge camera technology to improve the accuracy and speed of identifying what types of waste are contained in mixed skip loads when they arrive back at its facility.
While KWM’s reporting process is already industry leading, the project seeks to improve the process with an automated system which will benefit KWM’s clients by providing more accurate information on the types and quantities of wastes that are being produced.
To put the right technology in place, KWM is collaborating with the University of Manchester and experts in Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub, and has secured a summer placement MSc student to undertake a feasibility assessment.
“Innovation plays a crucial role in maintaining our success, and this automated reporting technology will be an industry-first”, said Paul Eagleton, Technical Director at KWM.
“Pending the outcome of the feasibility study, we plan to undertake more significant prototyping alongside the University and the Business Growth Hub, who have been hugely helpful in getting this project off the ground and providing wider support for our business. All in all, the support has given us the confidence to create three new positions in our team.”
‘Setting an example’
Additional support from low carbon sector advisors at the Business Growth Hub has helped KWM to better assess the viability of new waste markets and streams through market research, while plans are also in place to undertake a carbon footprinting exercise to improve environmental performance.
Vicky Wilding, low carbon sector advisor at the Business Growth Hub, said: “KWM is an exciting company to be supporting – not only because of their size and industry presence, but also because they have created a culture which encourages and supports innovation.
“This is not only of benefit to the company’s commercial success, but also sets a great example for the waste industry. We look forward to seeing what they can achieve in the future.”
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