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Tarmac rolls out recycling initiative

The UK’s largest road surfacing and maintenance company Tarmac has signed a deal with Biffa to manage their waste and recycling services across the country.

The deal will help boost environmental performance – following the introduction of the new Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR) service, Tarmac sites working with Biffa increased their DMR recycling from four tonnes per month in 2011, to 30 tonnes per month in 2012. General waste has fallen on average by 47 tonnes per month.

Michael Topham, Biffa’s recycling director, said: "DMR is a simple, effective and sustainable service that will quickly and significantly increase Tarmac’s recycling rates.

"DMR will also reduce Tarmac’s costs by removing the need to sort waste, reducing the number of waste containers required and decreasing the quantity of waste sent to landfill."

With more than 60 million tonnes of waste generated every year by businesses in the UK*, concern about environmental impact, coupled with the rising cost of landfill tax, has placed sustainability high on the agenda for all industries.

Dr Martyn Kenny, Tarmac’s head of sustainability, said: "We are wholly committed to using natural resources responsibly and sustainably. As well as conserving water and controlling our emissions this partnership with Biffa will help minimise waste.

"There is also a clear cut business case for sustainable development, whether it’s about safety, carbon reduction, or cutting waste. Improving our sustainability is simply good business sense.

"Working with Biffa will help Tarmac achieve our targets and I am looking forward to a successful partnership that delivers real results for our business in the immediate future and takes Tarmac one step closer to realising our zero waste to landfill aspiration."

Biffa’s DMR service provides Tarmac with an innovative solution that allows cardboard, paper, newspapers, plastic films and bottles, and steel and aluminium cans, to be put into one bin. These waste products can then be converted into a reusable commodity through the advanced processes employed at Biffa’s Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs).

Biffa’s investment in innovative recycling technology has led to a network of MRFs capable of processing single stream and DMR business waste, delivering high quality materials to re-processors for recycling into new products.

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