Ad­vo­cat­ing ef­fi­ciency

EME Outlook - - S Orpa -

Be­fore any­thing else, SORPA is driven to en­sure that such ser­vices are pro­vided at the low­est pos­si­ble cost, both to the en­vi­ron­ment and fi­nan­cially.

Work­ing to achieve un­ri­valled lev­els of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in this way, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has con­tin­ued to face and over­come all kinds of waste man­age­ment chal­lenges, re­main­ing re­li­able and rep­utable through­out its il­lus­tri­ous his­tory.

In par­tic­u­lar, the firm’s em­pha­sis on flex­i­bil­ity and ef­fi­ciency has been cru­cial to its suc­cess, as Halldórs­son ex­plains: “Good plan­ning, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an ef­fec­tive qual­ity con­trol sys­tem and our es­teemed work­force have col­lec­tively been key to our con­tin­ued suc­cess.

“We con­tin­u­ally an­a­lyse our ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tions in the aim of ex­pand­ing our ca­pac­ity, some­thing that was in­tro­duced to great ef­fect with one of our re­cent re­struc­tur­ing pro­cesses.

“Whilst al­most all of the heavy equip­ment we use is owned and op­er­ated by con­trac­tors, we recog­nise in cer­tain in­stances that it can be more eco­nom­i­cal to man­age these our­selves – some­thing we have be­gun to do in our re­ceiv­ing sta­tion.”

Tak­ing this ap­proach, SORPA has be­come the owner of in­dus­try-cen­tric heavy equip­ment that runs solely on

En­abling trans­for­ma­tion

Hav­ing be­come syn­ony­mous with pro­gres­sion since its in­cep­tion, SORPA aims to con­tinue ex­pand­ing and pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able waste man­age­ment through­out the en­tire coun­try.

Stand­ing as a prime ex­am­ple of these ef­forts, the firm is cur­rently build­ing a com­bined bio­gas and com­post­ing plant that will al­low it to han­dle greater amounts of mu­nic­i­pal waste, pri­mar­ily waste gen­er­ated from house­holds. More­over, the fa­cil­ity will pro­duce fer­tilis­ers and com­post that can be used to fight ero­sion in Ice­land, ad­vanc­ing bio­di­ver­sity, bol­ster­ing nu­tri­tion re­cy­cling and im­prov­ing air qual­ity, amongst other things.

Once com­plete, the fa­cil­ity will have the equiv­a­lent im­pact in CO2 emis­sion terms as of re­mov­ing 36,000 ve­hi­cles off the coun­try’s roads.

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