We work directly for the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), which is the second largest waste authority in the UK. Rajesh Sidhu, Logistics Manager, explains how LondonWaste have achieved reductions in fuel use per mile and a reduction in accidents through FORS.
FORS accreditation is clearly aligned with our corporate objectives. Working for the London boroughs, our continuing aim is to be the greenest, cleanest and safety we possibly can be. A programme like FORs really helps to highlight areas for improvement and gives us new ideas. It has also helped us do what we already do, but better.
LondonWaste passed its initial assessment first time round to become an accredited FORS bronze company. This was positive for us as it proved that our procedures were in place and that what we were already doing was correct. Of course, there’s always room for improvement but we knew we were in a good position to move forward. Aiming to become the cleanest and safest waste company around motivated LondonWaste to achieve silver accreditation and really make the most of the benefits on offer to achieve this.
FORS workshops have been a practical way of resolving issues and encouraging open resolution. They offer a unique opportunity to hear other people’s problems and how they have made improvements, they really highlight what people are doing out there and you realise that you’re not alone.
Up until June 2011 our fuel consumption seemed high and only when we used the FORS benchmarking together with our own fleet management system did we establish that we had a problem with engine idling. To improve this we reviewed the driver bonus scheme and included the promotion of anti-idling within the scheme. Since then, idling has come down by 50 per cent and we’ve reduced our fuel consumption by around 1000 litres a month. It’s all come through FORS, going to workshops, revealing concerns, and sharing solutions.
Gaining gold FORS accreditation was a natural progression for LondonWaste. This is the standard we want to be working to. We want to be at a consistently high level and as a company being able to say you’re gold FORS accredited is something to strive for and be proud of. It’s about trying to be the best possible in our field
“People view waste as a dirty business, running rubbish around in filthy lorries – FORs helps change that perception”
LondonWaste has made measurable improvements in a number of areas and has also demonstrated an on-going commitment to maintaining its high standards. Reducing the amount of residue waste being sent to landfill and therefore the number of vehicles on the road, LondonWaste has achieved a considerable 40 per cent reduction in its CO2 levels per km and has in 2012 moved high volumes of waste than in 2011 using the same size fleet with the same number of drivers
|MPG||Incidents per 100,00 Kms|
|Jan – Dec 2012||7.5||0.8|
|Jan – Dec 2014||8.5||0.7|
Annual improvement in MPG and Incidents per 100,000 Kms
Moving forward, we intend to utilise benchmarking data to compare accident rates against other companies in the area. The boroughs require their operators to be second to none; they really want to push us being greener, more efficient and safer. The data we collect through FORS helps us to prove to them that we are
LondonWaste has also rolled out blind spot warning systems and cameras on our vehicles, having completed equipment trials. FORS helped to justify to management and the board that we can benefit from these changes. They wanted to see the evidence and reasoning which we provided from the material and information we gather at FORs workshops.