Waste management firm Shanks UK has reported a 32 per cent recycling and recovery rate for the year ending March 2009, almost doubling the figure two years ago.
Published in the Shanks Group Corporate Responsibility Report 2008/09, it demonstrates a huge improvement on its 2006/07 recycling and recovery rate, which was just 19 per cent. The firm is starting to close the gap between other more advanced European countries, such as the Netherlands, Belgium and France, and Canada. They recycle and recover 87 per cent, 61 per cent and 75 per cent respectively.
Shanks UK safety, health and environment manager Geoff Smallwood said: Recycling and recovery rates have increased significantly in the past two years. This is due to selling off the vast majority of our landfill sites, as well as investing quite a lot of our resources in new recycling plants and developing existing plants.
We are definitely in catch up mode with the rest of the countries but to be fair, theyve been doing it longer.
Shanks UK is also the second top electricity generator creating over 39,000 MWh behind Belgium and France with over 53,000 MWh. The Netherlands generated just 10,214 MWh and Canada zero. Furthermore, Shanks UK has managed to almost halve its total CO2 emissions and avoid 57,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2009.
The report, which is deliberately intended to be open and transparent, highlighted future commitments from Shanks including rigorously reporting its accurate carbon footprint, undertaking an energy efficiency assessment in the design process of new facilities and aiming for zero fatal employee accidents and a 10 per cent reduction of accidents during 2009/10.