Press Releases 2014-2015

Partnership to Explore Future of Waste Removal and Recycling

12.06.2015

Stenor Environmental Services Ltd and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) have come together in a partnership that will explore the future of large-scale waste removal and recycling.

Stenor, based in Swansea’s SA1, was established in 2003 and has become a leading construction/demolition waste removal and recycling service provider in the Swansea area. The company has now signed up to a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with UWTSD. KTPs allow organisations in the private, public and community sector to utilise resources and knowledge available within a university and apply them to their own business.

One of Europe’s leading programmes, a KTP forms a three-way relationship between a company, an academic institution and a graduate to work on a project of strategic importance to the business. Working with Stenor will be UWTSD academic lead Dr Tony Thomas and KTP Associate Simon Jenkins.

UWTSD has extensive research and expertise in the areas of sustainability, waste management, materials testing and the new technologies currently challenging the ‘norm’ in these fields. Through a KTP with UWTSD, Stenor will be able to tap into these resources and explore the development of a new soil-testing facility. Stenor plan to improve their business by carrying out their own in-house testing as well as developing new product lines through research and testing. There is a long-term plan to develop a centre of excellence as part of UWTSD’s Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter development in SA1.

Steve Norman, Managing Director of Stenor, said: “Working with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will make a huge difference to our company, giving us the confidence to innovate and go after new markets. We understand the importance of involving academics in the development and growth of our business.”

Dr Tony Thomas said: “The KTP with Stenor will be mutually beneficial. As well as supporting the company’s commercial ambitions, the partnership will allow UWTSD to enhance its research and understanding in this field. This partnership could also create significant benefits for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, which recently received planning permission.

“It is fitting that this KTP will be based in Swansea SA1, where UWTSD are moving forward with plans to create a Waterfront Innovation Quarter. This development will allow the University to build an integrated innovation and enterprise ecosystem which caters for knowledge transfer collaboration between industry and academia. Such partnerships will deliver clear economic and commercial benefits for the whole region.”

Further Information

For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 01792 483695 / 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk.