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Business Recycler of the Year: Metropolitan Police Service

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), which employs over 55,000 people at 900 buildings across Greater London, set itself a target to reduce the waste it generated to 25% of 2005/06 levels by the end of the 2012/13 financial year.

This has resulted in significant savings, including a waste recycling rate of 77% and the organisation is on track to meet ambitious waste reduction target this year.

Its waste management targets included reducing resource waste related to ICT and printing, diverting 70% of office waste from landfill, diverting 90% of construction waste from landfill and increasing the internal reuse of fleet vehicle parts.

In addition to the typical office waste streams generated in MPS buildings, recycling arrangements are in place for batteries, cooking oil, toner cartridges, ICT equipment, furniture, fleet vehicles, waste from fleet vehicle maintenance, stable waste and criminal exhibit waste.

An ICT reuse initiative which tracks each asset and identifies where assets are no longer in use resulted in savings of £883,760 in 2011/12 by avoiding monthly maintenance charges for equipment no longer needed. In addition, by redeploying unwanted ICT to other parts of the MPS and avoiding the need to purchase new items, savings are estimated at over £390,000.

Other initiatives included passing cell blankets no longer required to homeless charities and an MPS ‘swap shop’ to redeploy surplus stationary from one part of the MPS estate to another.

The judges said: “This is one of the oldest organisations around and to still be innovating like this is brilliant. They have come up with some cracking ideas, and have shown an excellent range of initiatives for reuse and recycling.”

Coca-Cola Enterprises – Highly commended

Coca-Cola Enterprises has set out to transform itself into a ‘low carbon, zero waste’ business and reduce its carbon footprint through innovation in packaging; transforming PET recycling in Great Britain; and encouraging consumers to recycle more.

In addition to on-going work on reducing product weight and pack recyclability, it introduced its PlantBottle concept to Great Britain in 2011. These contain up to 25% recycled PET and 22.5% plant-based material and look, function and recycle like traditional PET with a lighter environmental footprint.

It also made a commitment to recycle all PET bottles disposed of at the 2012 Olympics venues and have 25% rPET in all its bottles by 2012. It was able to do this because of its investment in a new £15m facility, Continuum Recycling, the largest PET recycling facility in Western Europe. This joint venture with Eco Plastics, which opened in 2012, marked the first time a major international brand has directly supported the development of recycling technology on this scale.

The judges said:

Unequivocally, this is brilliant – they are taking charge of input and making recycling a core part of their supply chain. For a soft drinks brand to invest in a recycling plant is a remarkable thing.”


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Sponsors comment from ReFood:

ReFood takes a market-leading approach to dealing with waste food for a range of high-profile customers. The company uses the latest Anaerobic Digestion technology and industry-leading expertise to turn food waste into renewable energy and nutrient-rich fertiliser. 

Part of SARIA Bio-Industries, ReFood has expertise across Europe, and is bringing innovation to the UK recycling sector.

The company provides a service to public and private organisations that is reliable, safe and makes commercial sense. With an existing site in Doncaster, and construction and planning underway on additional sites in Widnes and London, ReFood is at the forefront of food waste recycling.

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