Buckinghamshire-based waste management company Shanks Group has been awarded a contract from household products group Unilever for the management of waste across Belgium and the Netherlands.
The three-year contract will see Shanks treat 15,000 tonnes of commercial and organic waste per year in its own facilities, while waste margarine will be converted into biodiesel by Shanks partner Rotie.
Under the contract, which started on 1 April, Shanks will recycle up to 90% of the contract waste in order to help Unilever meet its aim of maintaining or reducing the total waste sent for disposal against a 2008 baseline by 2020. This will represent an 80% decrease in waste per tonne of production.
Shanks chief executive Tom Drury said: “Unilever is a world leader that has a truly enlightened approach to recycling waste, recognising that this is not only responsible but is a core part of its business strategy. We are delighted to have been selected to be the partner for this landmark contract. It demonstrates our ability to deliver a total waste management solution to major international companies.”