Looking Back at 2018
2018 seems like a distant memory to many of us by now, but during this first half of January, Team ISL have been looking back at the year just passed. Keen to celebrate our successes, mark our achievements and learn the lessons that retrospection presents.
Some of our achievements include:
We added a number of MAN TGS 32 Tonne lorries, along with some smaller vehicles to the fleet. Some smaller than others as you can see from the picture!
In November we added a new baler to our plant in Mallusk. As a zero waste to landfill company we are committed to handling all client waste in an environmentally friendly manner, diverting as much waste from landfill as possible.
We collect tonnes of cardboard each year, through the thousands of collections we carry out each week. The new baler has improved our processing capacity and as a result of this more streamlined process, we have also reduced the space required for storage before compaction.
Charities and Fundraising
As a socially responsible business, we are always keen to give back to our local community. Throughout the year we held a number of fundraising events. These included:
- Christmas jumper competition for St Vincent de Paul.
- Sponsored factory event for our accounts team for SOS NI.
- Rampage Run for Air Ambulance NI
- Christmas Day swim for Temple St Children’s Hospital
We also helped our own clients with their CSR and charitable activities.
In December we facilitated a partnership between the Henderson Group and The Welcome Organisation, which saw the former donating food for a Christmas dinner for over 100 homeless people.
Earlier in the year we worked with Nandos on Bedford Street, Belfast, to donate a large quantity of rice to the same charity. We were also presented with a fantastic opportunity to make one organisation’s waste a valuable resource to another, when Visit Belfast contacted us to say that they had some excellent shelving, flooring, chairs and display cabinets which were no longer required. We were able to divert this material from landfill and assist another local charity in the process.
From local football teams to fantastic arts institutions, we have extended our corporate sponsorships over the past year. We sponsored Mallusk FC and provided them with football jerseys made from recycled plastic. Other sponsorships included:
- Grand Opera House Family Festival
- Castle Hockey Club
- Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful – Live Here Love Here Community Awards
- Best Waste Reduction Project – At Business Eye Awards
Belfast BID Trade Waste Initiative
In the last quarter of 2018 we partnered with Belfast One BID, Destination CQ and Linen Quarter BID to launch a trade waste scheme for all Belfast City Centre businesses.
The aim is to improve the quality and cost of waste and recycling collections for all companies in the district and to help lead the way towards the creation of a more #SustainableBelfast.
Looking Ahead to 2019
Overall, 2018 was an excellent year for us at ISL Waste Management. But there’s a bigger ‘us’ than you are probably aware of. To our ever growing customer service team, our dedicated drivers and recycling operatives, our finance, sales and administration staff and everyone else involved in pushing our company forward and helping us to achieve the successes above and more, we’d like to take this moment to thank you all for contributing to the accomplishments of our company.
With the ever-increasing need for responsible waste disposal and innovation in the recycling sector, 2019 is shaping up to be an even more exciting year for ISL. We have numerous plans and projects in the works that will increase our capabilities and ensure we can better serve our customers in 2019.
If you’d like to be part of this journey then get in touch! We’re always looking for talented and dedicated team members.
By Michael McLarnon, CEO ISL Waste Management