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Recycling provider Greenstar work closely with Monteray to help BT increase recycling

Greenstar UK is to be the new long-term recycling provider to BT. The contract was awarded by Monteray, which manages the collection of general waste from around 2,000 BT sites. The four year contract, which started on 1st April, will see Greenstar work closely with Monteray to provide a range of recycling-led solutions to help BT achieve its aim of significantly increasing the amount of waste it recycles.

In 2009, BT recycled 35,929 tonnes of waste in the UK, half of its total waste. The amount sent to landfill in 2009 was 17 per cent less than in 2008.

Greenstar’s contract will be fully mobilised within three months and a planned programme of waste audits will help identify opportunities for further improvements.

At the heart of the recommendations will be Greenstar’s approach of introducing mixed recycling where different recyclable materials can be placed in one container. Greenstar manages the segregation through its licensed materials recycling facilities (MRFs), making recycling easier and more convenient for BT staff.

Given the size and diversity of BT’s estate, the top 230 most-populated of its sites in Great Britain will initiate the reviews of waste streams and current collection and recycling processes.

According to Peter George-Jones, managing director of Monteray, Greenstar proved ‘conclusively’ that it has the experience, expertise, creativity, resources and commitment to make a real difference.

He said: "Improving the recovery and reuse of resources is a key objective for BT and therefore for Monteray. We recognise this and are committed both as an organisation and through our supply chain. The award of this contract with its innovation and the step changes being sought in performance will challenge everyone, but we’re confident that with Greenstar, it can and will be done."

Greenstar UK CEO Ian Wakelin said that securing this contract was ‘proof again that Greenstar’s business model was solid and sustainable’. He added: "More and more blue chip companies, and their facilities service providers such as Monteray, are turning to Greenstar because we deliver clear environmental and business benefits. We have hundreds of professional people eager to help BT build on its excellent reputation."

Keith Davey, BT’s Head of Policy Compliance and Operations, said: "BT has made a transparent commitment to improving our environmental performance as part of our corporate responsibility programme. Reducing waste and increasing recycling are key performance indicators for us and we’ve made solid progress to dat

"BT’s challenge now," added Keith "is to make further improvements, and that’s where the expertise of Monteray and Greenstar will be vital."

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