Ian Berry, Biffa contract manager and Rod Leigh, Jewson sustainability director.

Jewson boosts recycling with Biffa partnership

Published:  11 April, 2013

Jewson has committed to diverting all its residual waste from landfill by the end of 2014. Currently, over 40 percent of Jewson’s waste is diverted from landfill.

In 2006, Biffa approached Jewson with a proposal to meet the company’s waste management requirements through a new streamlined national service. The partnership has seen Jewson increase recycling by 260 percent.

Rod Leigh, Jewson sustainability director, said: “Before Biffa approached Jewson we had projected significant increase in our waste management costs. With Biffa’s help, the company is now making considerable savings and is recycling more and more each year.”

Over the last six years, Biffa has worked with Jewson to make “extensive savings” through a combination of reducing landfill taxes and recycling rebates.

Measures have included:

  • Rationalising the management of waste under just one supplier and implementing a successful recycling scheme
  • Close communication between Biffa Corporate Account Managers and Jewson Head Office and Branches to ensure that improved waste management practices are replicated throughout the company
  • Close partnerships between contract management and customers to deliver tailor-made services
  • Providing customers with a full set of documents to ensure sites meet strict legal requirements.

As well as introducing inert dry mixed recycling, wood and gypsum collections, Jewson aims to divert all residual waste from landfill by the end of 2014 and this cost-saving programme is due to be rolled out to Jewson’s sister brands over the coming years.

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