Mitie is proud to have won the contract with soft drinks manufacturer, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, to provide a complete waste management service for their UK sites including the manufacturing site at Coleford in the Forest of Dean and the UK headquarters in Uxbridge, London.
Mitie will be responsible for capturing all elements of waste and recyclables process across the Lucozade Ribena Suntory estate including dry waste and skip services through all channels of the waste hierarchy; waste reduction, re-use, recycling and energy recovery. Mitie will also deliver strategies on bulk effluent streams, office recycling and commodity trading (card, plastics, metals, pallets).
Already a high achiever in waste management practices, Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s current recycling performance at the Coleford site is over 99% with revenue generation from routine commodities such as card, plastics and metals.
Darren Kenney, Sales Director at Mitie’s Waste business says:” Mitie are very pleased to work in partnership with Lucozade Ribena Suntory, not only to maintain their zero waste to landfill status but to drive towards achieving 100% recycling through our unique ‘resource not waste’ approach. Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s focus on the circular economy and sustainability echoes the Mitie philosophy and provides us with the ideal platform to deliver further financial and environmental benefit across the business.”
Leyton Powell, Head of Environment Health and Safety at Lucozade Ribena Suntory said: “Mitie’s expert knowledge of waste resources and innovative processes will now be accessible to us and will help drive even more efficiency in the Lucozade Ribena Suntory waste streams building on Best Available Techniques. By using innovation, we can improve our focus on beginning to end of life processes, as well as waste reduction at the source.”
The company already operates a closed loop system for the recycling and re-use of PET (polyethylene terephthalate). Recycled PET bottles are sent from the site for reprocessing, where they are granulated by a third party. This is then re-introduced into the facility for bottle blowing by Logoplaste, a supplier that is fully integrated into manufacturing site.
Lucozade Ribena Suntory is focused on building on the success of their high recycling levels by reusing their waste and giving it further value. Therefore, Mitie’s ‘resource not waste’ philosophy was regarded as the ideal complement to drive Lucozade Ribena Suntory towards 100% recycling, delivering best value for resource and commodity streams, developing additional circular economy opportunities and driving education and awareness across their business. This can be achieved whilst reducing risk by ensuring compliance across all elements and providing out of hours contingencies for production needs.
Leyton Powell continues: “Lucozade Ribena Suntory has a Yatte Minahare spirit at its heart which enables us to ‘go for it’ and create positive change. It is this spirit that gives us the opportunity to shape the environment around us. Through our collaboration with Mitie we can further optimise our supply chain efficiency and drive toward operational excellence.
Our partnership with Mitie will help us grow as a responsible business and we look forward to using their experience to develop fresh, innovative ideas to drive continuous improvement throughout the business and to further reduce our environmental impact with significant focus on the 3Rs reduce, re-use, recycle. Our philosophy is aligned to the Suntory mission to work in harmony with people and nature”.