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NRAs 2015 Best Business Partnership: Finalists

Ardagh and Reuse (trading as Berrymans)

A 10-year agreement between glass packaging manufacturer Ardagh Group and glass recycling specialist Reuse has resulted in a significant increase in the recycled content of every container produced at Ardagh’s Doncaster plant to an industry-leading 53% in 2014. The capture of a higher portion of flint cullet for remelt has been achieved using advanced colour separation technology. Companies such as Coca-Cola Enterprises can now claim significant improvements in meeting their sustainability goals.

Kew Green Hotels and Sustainable Advantage

Kew Green Hotels and Sustainable Advantage worked together on the recent Holiday Inn Cardiff refurbishment. The partners set an ambitious task of not having a single item go to landfill: everything had to be sold, recycled, donated to charity or used in energy-from-waste plants. It was no easy task to get rid of 70 second-hand trouser presses! The result was a fantastic success with all targets achieved.

Spirit Pub Company and Kuehne & Nagel (below)

Spirit Pub Company and Kuehne&Nagel

A review was carried out of the full product lifecycle costs and other waste streams. The key aims of this project were to minimise landfill, reduce carbon footprint, maximise recycle values and cut costs. The solution resulted in pubs segregating used cooking oil, food waste, tins and plastics, which were returned to the depot using a specially designed waste compartment underneath the delivery vehicles. Commodities are then collected in bulk from the depots and sold on to generate additional revenue.

CarTakeBack.com, S Norton and Axion Polymers (below)

The partnership of the UK’s largest car recycling network, a metals recycler and a plastics recycler has resulted in a Government-approved end-of-life vehicle service that is delivering 95% recycling – and did so three years ahead of an impending EU target.

CarTakeBack.com S Norton and Axion Polymers

The three parties have made huge investments in research, equipment, technology and marketing to achieve this target and deliver a successful business strategy. 

Waitrose (John Lewis Partnership), Wingland Foods (part of Bakkavor Group) and Veris

In 2009 a partnership was formed between the Cawley Group and Waitrose to establish the first commercial food waste recycling programme. Veris has since partnered with Waitrose to apply the partnership model to enhance the environmental performance of the retailer’s supply chain. This approach has delivered awardwinning results for Waitrose supplier Wingland Foods. Waitrose is now working to facilitate further ‘greening’ of the supply chain, with a focus on diversion of food waste from landfill and donating surplus food to local community groups.

DS Smith, Tesco and Whitham Mills Engineering (below)

DS Smith, Tesco and Whitham Mills Engineering

The latest phase of work between DS Smith and Tesco was to divert food waste to AD for production of biogas. Recycling zones were set up at the back of each store to collect waste streams. A plastic lining was introduced so food waste could be safely transported to the central hub, then tipped in to a leak-proof walking floor trailer. DS Smith worked with Whitham Mills to find a solution for handling and transporting the food waste more efficiently, using a bespoke cage tipper mechanism. The project has brought a 15% reduction in spend for Tesco and reduced waste arisings of 25% a year.

Arrow Value Recovery and Close the Gap

The cost of new IT equipment, a limited infrastructure and the lack of IT knowledge and proficiency mean that, for many people in the developing world, access to ICT is still unachievable. The Digitruck is a mobile facility with state-of-the-art ICT facilities onboard, with the option to power these facilities autonomously. It uses refurbished, donated end-of-life ICT from organisations, giving the equipment a second life in communities with no access to such technology.

Wyevale Garden Centres, Good Values and Biffa (below)

Wyevale Garden Centres

Wyevale Garden Centres has achieved a sea-change in staff engagement on sustainability across its 140 stores. By embedding waste hierarchy principles, the 5,000-strong workforce is making a real difference. Recycling across the centres has reached 70%; Biffa has pioneered a web-based Customer Knowledge Centre endorsed by the CIWM; and with help from Good Values the Champions have raised £194,000 for charity. Wyevale’s leadership has embedded resource efficiency and corporate responsibility into the retail environment, setting an inspiring example for others to follow.

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