Health and Safety in Waste Management

Sittingbourne, Kent
Wednesday, 28 September 2011


The Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) is delighted to announce the second interactive health and safety open day following on from last year's successful event at Eco Sustainable Solutions in Bournemouth.

This event combines guidance from industry experts with a practical demonstration of how this knowledge can be put into action on a working site, and will focus the mind of delegates on the most pressing issues facing our industry.

This year the event will consist of a half-day conference, taking place at Hampstead House in Sittingbourne, Kent followed by a site visit to Countrystyle's Ridham resource recovery facility.

As a founding member of the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) group, AfOR is committed to reducing the number of accidents within the organics recycling sector. This event is targeted at providing both organic and waste processors with practical guidance on health and safety best practice.

Countrystyle's Ridham Site

The resource recovery facility at Ridham handles 155,000 tonnes of inputs, 45,000 tonnes of which go through the in-vessel composting facility with the remainder consisting primarily of wood and plasterboard waste. The site is also permitted to act as a Waste Transfer Station.

Delegates will be shown:

  • The in-vessel composting facillity. The output from this process achieves PAS 100 Certification and is used predominantly in the agricultural market. Specific health and safety aspects reviewd in this area will include - pedestrian separation; traffic movements; shredding and screening
  • The wood recovery and sorting operation, which supplies the panel board and biomass market predominantly. Here particular attention has been given to the sorting of this material without causing unacceptable risk to the operatives. Communication between the grab operator and workers entering the 'active' zone has also recently been addressed
  • The newly refurbished plasterboard recycling operation, which takes plasterboard off-cuts from a wide range of sources and transforms them back into a virgin material meeting the PAS 109 standard for reuse, through the action of a totally enclosed, sophisticated stredding and screening process.

Who should attend?

  • Organics recycling site operatives
  • MRF site operatives
  • CA Site operatives
  • Local authorities
  • Recycling and waste management officers
  • Waste management companies
  • Health and safety consultants


Association for Organics Recycling Members: £100 + VAT
Standard fee: £135 + VAT


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