Semi-conductor Manufacturing Facility - Waste Consultancy Services

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AWN Consulting's team of scientists and engineers has provided a range of consultancy services to a large scale semi-conductor manufacturing facility in Ireland from 2000 to present. Services provided include Acoustic Consultancy, Air Dispersion Modelling, Seveso Consultancy, IPPC Licence Review, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Monitoring and Waste Management Consultancy Services.

Since 2009, AWN's waste team has been responsible for managing and supervising waste activities for any major de-install/de-commissioning projects at the site.

Over the last three years there have been two major projects. There is a third project currently underway. Each project has comprised the de-install/decommissioning of a significant manufacturing facility. Each facility encompassing an area of over 30,000 square meters and containing over 700 process tools & ancillary equipment, 1 million meters of cable, more than 120 kilometres of process pipe and duct work and associated equipment some of which contained hazardous substances including substances which are both corrosive and toxic and hazardous to human health and the environment.

For each project, AWN took ownership and managed the waste programme including management of the decontamination facilities with AWN Chartered Waste Managers on site full time for the project duration.

AWN's role as waste managers for these projects achieved the following for the client:

· Waste management was tightly controlled and carried out in a legally compliant manner and in accordance with the client's IPPC Licence, site procedures and best practice standards.

· Wastes were appropriately classified and an EWC assigned prior to transfer off site.

· Sufficient waste storage facilities were provided to facilitate maximum segregation of wastes.

· Decontamination facilities were correctly managed and all hazardous wastes suitable for decontamination were successfully decontaminated and rendered non-hazardous, significantly reducing disposal costs and maximising recycling rates.

· The recycling target for the projects of 80% was surpassed with over 98% recycling achieved.

· A significant portion of the costs were recouped in rebates due to the exceptional level of segregation.

· A full paper trail of waste movements was maintained, ensuring compliance with the waste legislation, IPPC Licence and site procedures.

· All waste was moved off site in a timely manner accordance with the requirements of the tight project schedule.

· The projects were completed safely, on time, within budget, with zero impact to production activities at the site.


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