Oxford Direct Services (ODS) has secured a two-year extension, worth up to £400,000, to its recycling and waste management contract with Oxford Brookes University. The contract extension comes after an initial three-year period where ODS worked hand-in-hand with the university to raise recycling rates from just under 58% to the current recycling rate of 71%. Oxford Brookes University has the ambitious goal of recycling 75% of its waste by 2020.
The Oxford Brookes University Environmental Services Team and ODS has implemented a wide range of initiatives to improve recycling rates. This year, ODS will transport almost 900 tonnes of waste for recycling and incineration. All waste is processed for recycling or incineration within the county and transport journeys have been minimised by the provision of waste compactors on the university campus, with the resulting reduction in carbon footprint.
“I have worked with many different waste management companies but it is the added value elements of the services that ODS provides that sets them apart,” said Michele Morley, environmental specialist at Oxford Brookes University. “The educational programmes and support they provide, as well as the detailed levels of reporting, all help to keep our students and my university stakeholders informed. As a result, we are constantly improving our recycling statistics and are in line to meet our ambitious targets.”
Simon Howick, managing director of ODS, said: “The extension of this important commercial recycling and waste management contract is testament to the hard work and expertise of both the ODS team and the environmental services team at Oxford Brookes University. Together they have gone the extra mile to educate and innovate to reduce waste. Moving forward, ODS looks forward to helping the university achieve its 2020 recycling goals and to working together with other commercial organisations in and around Oxford to help reduce their waste and deliver on their sustainability commitments.”