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At Veolia we are always striving to deliver innovative ways to turn waste into a resource for our customers throughout the UK. Click below for some examples of our great work in action.

​Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a sporting complex built for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

The Park was created from a combination of greenfield and brownfield land including parts of Hackney Marshes. At 2.5 km2 it is approximately the same size as London’s Hyde Park. Veolia Environmental Services had an exclusivity contract with all infrastructure and venue contractors to collect and process waste arising from the construction of the Olympic Park.

The Challenge

Veolia was appointed to fulfil the construction waste contract due to our ability to transport waste sustainably, via water, to our facility in Rainham. We were operational on site from October 2008 until August 2011. One of the greatest challenges was to mobilise and construct a waste consolidation centre over a relatively short time frame. We were also tasked with recovering 90% of all waste produced at the site.

The Solution

As part of the contract we invested £1.2 million to build a temporary onsite waste consolidation centre including wet water, which is an effective road sweeping treatment process. We were responsible for providing all infrastructure and venue contractors with recycling and waste bins and skips. We also had an on-site management operations team and a fleet of vehicles.

This team was collectively responsible for collection, consolidating, handling and bulking of materials from the park. The services provided on site encouraged segregation at source and reduced vehicle movements into the local community. Veolia was also responsible for providing hazardous waste collections and road sweeping. Where viable we also removed waste from the site by water via the River Lea. This was then transported and processed at our facility in Rainham, Essex.

The Result

Thanks to Veolia, more than 95% of construction waste from the site was recycled – equivalent to 28,970 tonnes. Off-site vehicle movements were reduced by over 80% with 2,300 tonnes of timber, plasterboard, paper and card being removed from site by water. 100% of this waste was recycled and 124 tonnes of materials were re-used by local charities.