Wolseley renews Greenstar contract
Published:  06 October, 2009

LEAMINGTON SPA: National merchant Wolseley has renewed its recycling and waste management contract with Greenstar UK for another three years.

The contract will aim to recover more recyclable materials from Wolseley UK 's waste stream, such as plasterboard. The company is targeting increased recycling rates by the end of this year, together with further cost savings.

As a distributor of plumbing and heating products and supplier of construction materials, Wolseley has a nationwide branch network, supported by one national and three regional distribution centres.

It supplies more than 400 000 plumbing, heating and building product lines to a wide customer base, including housebuilders, local authorities, facility managers, leisure and retail operators, and health and educational institutions.

Greenstar was first awarded Wolseley's waste management contract in 2006, conducting a comprehensive waste stream audit and then designing and implementing a site rationalisation and vehicle backhaul programme. This supported an across-the-board service that addressed all Wolseley's general waste, recycling, electrical (WEEE), confidential waste, and hazardous waste needs.

Every Wolseley location is provided with collection containers appropriate to its size and the waste materials it generates.

Most commonly used are 1100-litre wheeled bins, but others may include front-end and rear-end loaders, skips and roll on-roll off containers. Branch and distribution centre employees recycle a wide range of materials, such as paper, cardboard, plastic and timber, commingled for greater collection efficiency.

Each month, Greenstar's team makes over 4000 lifts of the containers. This has helped the national merchant to increase its recycling rate significantly from around 3% to the current estimated 50%.

This achievement has been led by greater recovery of cardboard and plastic, and has trimmed Wolseley's waste-related costs by approximately 20%.

The Greenstar team works closely with Wolseley UK 's environmental working group to review performance and agree future development of the service.

Connor Dalton , Wolseley's environmental manager, said Greenstar's expertise had helped the company address a key part of its corporate responsibility agenda.

"We aim to minimise waste as a way of reducing Wolseley UK 's carbon footprint and environmental impact," he explained, "and Greenstar's professionalism has been a significant factor in minimising waste and boosting recycling. The team came up with more good ideas about how we can capture greater amounts of recyclables as well as controlling cost increases, so there was little hesitation in renewing the contract."

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