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Recycling success at Manchester Fort

Published 29th September, 2014 by Neil Nixon

Recycling success at Manchester Fort

A leading retail park in Manchester is celebrating the success of its waste management and recycling programme. Manchester Fort Shopping Park in Cheetham Hill now recycles almost 90% of waste collected and is on course to achieve 100% in the near future. The impressive results have been achieved thanks to the partnership between the Fort, B&M Waste Services, and Workman Facilities Management.

B&M initially identified a number of objectives before implementing the waste management programme, including the need to improve the efficiency of waste collections, reduce carbon emissions through fewer waste vehicles visiting the site, and increase recycling rates through better waste segregation and avoiding contamination of waste streams.

More than 12,300kg of waste is collected in a typical month with a recycling rate of 89%. Going forward, the remaining residual waste will be converted to refuse derived fuel (RDF) by utilising B&M's recently opened £1 million RDF facility in Trafford Park. B&M is responsible for the collection of Manchester Fort's general and food waste, cardboard, glass and dry mixed recycling as well as providing staff with waste management training.

Wendy Mitchell from B&M Waste Services said: “We are delighted with the success of our partnership at Manchester Fort. The results owe a lot to the retail park's staff who we have helped understand the fundamental difference they can make to the successful achievement of the targets and who are regularly informed of their progress. We provide Workman with a comprehensive reporting system endorsed by the organisation Carbon Footprint which details the amount of carbon saved, the equivalent number of trees and car miles, and the amount of material reused for RDF. We are particularly excited about the benefits our new RDF facility in Trafford Park will bring, delivering 100% diversion from landfill in a cost effective, compliant and sustainable way.”

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