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Global Recycling Day

By 18th March 2020Blog

Sustainability is at the core of everything we do; this commitment enables us to create social, environmental and economic value throughout our business. Recycling is an important part of this commitment, as it conserves resources, saves energy, protects the environment and reduces landfill. Today marks Global Recycling Day, designed to help recognise, celebrate and highlight the importance of recycling.

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we actively address the environmental issues of waste by delivering effective waste management while also reducing costs.

We pride ourselves on our ability to provide innovative methods of recycling to our clients, which are not only environmentally friendly but can facilitate significant cost savings. Examples of these changes include;

Education Client
• 75% recycling rate in 2019, saving 621 tonnes of CO2 which is equivalent to boiling a kettle for 47 years.
• A 5% annual saving through rationalising waste streams.
Corporate Client
• The introduction of a dedicated coffee cup recycling scheme, and cardboard and paper bailing initiative introduced for a corporate client.
Public Sector Clients
• Recycling was increased from 40% to 61% at another major Government site.
• We introduced an optimisation programme for a large Scottish Government department, which resulted in reduced annual costs of 9% against their previous waste schedule.
• A 35% cost saving for a large museum compared to their previous waste supplier.

To achieve these tangible differences for our clients, we are proud to have collaborated with SWRnewstar since 2014, the partnership enables us to carry this commitment through our everyday operations. SWRnewstar is one of the largest outsourced waste management companies in the UK. As a waste broker, they seek to differentiate from traditional waste management companies by adding real customer value and improving the environment.

“It’s more important than ever that as a business, we identify alternative options to waste management. By making our daily operations more sustainable, we not only reduce our environmental footprint but, we can also set industry standards” said Daniel Dickson, CEO UK & Ireland.

Our commitment is also carried into our catering division through the recycling of oil and coffee grounds. We are continually looking at our waste streams, to unearth any waste products that can be incorporated back into the value chain and used in entirely new products. To facilitate this, we have been partnered with Olleco since 2017.

Olleco collects our used cooking oil from our sites, and then transfer the oil to their purpose-built biodiesel plant in Liverpool. The plant features cutting edge technology which enables them to produce EU specification biodiesel which, has a GHG footprint 90% lower than regular fossil diesel fuel.

Last year, Olleco collected an impressive 86,668 litres of oil from Atalian Servest, saving 201 tonnes of CO2, this equates to 2021 cars being removed from the road.

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