Recycling on the rise in South Cumbria

17 Oct 2012 16:40

Businesses in South Cumbria are set to recycle over 40% more mixed waste than last year, according to leading recycling and renewable energy business, FCC Environment.

FCC Environment, which is rapidly developing its network of recycling infrastructure, has also expanded its commercial and industrial collection service to support its customers’ recycling and recovery needs.

More than 7,000 tonnes per year of mixed commercial and industrial waste is collected from businesses throughout South Cumbria including BAE Systems – as well as other industrial and retail outlets, holiday parks and caravan sites. It is then taken to FCC Environment’s materials recycling facility (MRF) at Barrow-in-Furness.

Commercial and industrial (C&I) director at FCC Environment, Paul Burnell, said: “We have listened to our customers and business leaders and in response to the growing demand for tailored recycling services that address the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular, FCC Environment is now investing heavily in new infrastructure.

“FCC Environment is also adapting its collection services to better suit the needs of our business customers and to ensure that SMEs can recycle or recover energy from more of their waste.  These services aim to match up to customers’ requirements on sustainability as well as offering excellent value for money.”

The waste processed at Barrow-in-Furness MRF includes a wide range of materials from sofas and mattresses to plastic bottles and trays. The mixed waste is sorted to separate plastic, paper, card and metals.

Paul Burnell added: “Investment in new technology at Barrow-in-Furness has enabled the more effective separation of waste with iron content, as well as valuable non ferrous metals such as aluminium cans.

“Once sgregated all materials are then sent to fully audited and dedicated reprocessing facilities.”

The announcement follows FCC Environment’s commitment to shift the focus towards treating waste as a valuable resource.  The Company’s UK investment programme includes provision of materials recycling facilities (MRFs), mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plants, anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and refuse derived fuel (RDF) manufacturing facilities, which, along with improved collection services, will help SMEs and other business customers to improve their environmental performance and reduce their reliance on unsustainable and expensive landfill.

Notes for editors:

From waste to resource. FCC Environment is a leading UK waste and resource management company, and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business.  Our vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future.  We offer:

- Municipal services
- Business waste solutions
- Recycling
- Green energy
- Waste processing and disposal

We employ 2,400 people and operate more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales.

For further information, please contact:
Pelican PR
Will Herman or Alison Etherden ,

Tel: 01457 819 380

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