Pulling out the stops for Terminal 5

Going largely unnoticed during the excitement surrounding the official opening of BAA’s new Heathrow Terminal 5 by Her Majesty The Queen, behind the scenes Grundon’s dedicated BAA Contract team were quietly pulling out all the stops to ensure the necessary waste management facilities and arrangements were in place in time for the operational opening on 27th March.

For this latest addition to the contract with British Airports Authority, which already encompasses Terminals 1-4 at Heathrow Airport plus those at Gatwick, Stansted and Southampton, Grundon will be setting up and managing separate collection services for cardboard, mixed recyclables and general waste. In order to meet the needs of the 30 million plus passengers and staff expected to use the terminal in a full year, hundreds of wheelie bins in various sizes have been procured specifically for the contract and placed on site, together with a number of static compactors.

In addition to ‘conventional’ wastes, Grundon will also be responsible for providing dedicated ‘FOD’ (Foreign Object Damage) and ‘POL’ (Petrol, Oil & Lubricants) containers, to minimise the risk of contamination and ensure that waste material is not allowed to interfere in any way with the smooth running of the terminal or aircraft parking stands.

Grundon has been managing Heathrow Airport’s waste since March 2007.

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