The Norse Group has been officially recognised as an industry leader in waste management compliance, after being ranked among the top five best performing companies in the UK.

Based on data from the Environmental Agency, 93% of Norse’s waste sites have been classified in the highest compliance bands, demonstrating the Group’s commitment to continually driving best practice across the board.

To gain a snapshot of how our operations have achieved such high scores in compliance, we caught up with Norse Environmental Waste Services (NEWS) Operations Director, Dave Newell.

NEWS currently operates a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), three Waste Transfer Stations and 19 Household Waste Recycling Facilities, all within Norfolk, and supported by our own transport operation.

And as Dave explains, operating safely and ensuring compliance is a fundamental part of how we do business across the Norse Group.

“We set ourselves high standards when it comes to safety and compliance, and we expect our clients and regulators to demand we stick to them,” he says.

“It is not seen as in addition to, or something to aim for. It is a core part of everything that we do, and how we operate; it’s a ‘must do’.

“Our high compliance scores are down to the continued hard work of all our team and their commitment to get things done the right way.”

The MRF which NEWS operates, currently processes around 100,000 tonnes of mixed, dry recyclable materials each year – including 85,000 tonnes from Norfolk alone, with the remainder coming from across the UK.

It’s a large-scale operation, and by keeping lines of communication open at all levels throughout the organisation and staying up to date with the latest developments on the ground, everyone plays their part in making the facility a success.

And when it comes to site inspections, our teams welcome external oversight as a useful check and balance.

“It is paramount to develop an effective working relationship with local site inspectors,” Dave says.

“By being proactive and advising these inspectors in advance if problems are emerging or anticipated, we can discuss with them our proposed solutions before putting them into effect.

“It is far more efficient and effective to discuss and resolve potential issues than it is to try and justify the measures you’ve taken after the fact.”

With environmental legislation and guidance from regulators continuing to change at a rapid pace, our waste management teams across the country are well placed to adapt to future challenges – with a determination to maintain our high standards.