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Suez incorporating waste reduction into business plan

Suez wants to take a greater role in educating customers in waste reduction, according to its technical development director.

Speaking to MRW at the now-closed Packington landfill site, Stuart Hayward-Higham, above, said the business had been undergoing a transition in the past 10 that he expects to continue.

“If you look at us in 2005-06 and you look at the waste hierarchy, our revenue was the same shape as the waste hierarchy; we made all our money from landfill and not a lot of money up the hierarchy,” he said.

“What we’ve done for the past 10 years in the blueprint, and will do for the next 10 or 15 years, is convert that to a more even balance of making money from minimisation through to reuse and recycling, and disposal has, and is, continuing to decline.”

Suez is increasingly taking an educational approach with customers by working with them to reduce their waste.

“Ultimately, we will sell knowledge as much as we sell a service,” he said.

Suez has started incorporating the minimisation of waste into its contracts with clients: “If you minimise, if you save a tonne, we can get paid from the saving they make rather than being paid to deal with the tonne,” he said.

Hayward-Higham also called for a reduction in the number of recycling systems used around the country.

He said if there were just five or six systems, it would help to alleviate confusion among residents and make common procurement and contracting deals a much simpler process.

Larac vice-chair Sally Talbot has said that standardising collection systems would take millions of pounds of investment and decades to achieve due to the inherent differences between urban, suburban, and rural populations.

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