NEC doubles amount of recycled waste in two years

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The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, in two years, has doubled the amount of waste that it sends to be recycled instead of to landfill. The increase, from 19 per cent in 2008 to over 40 per cent in 2010, has been largely due to the introduction of The NEC’s Waste Pre-Treatment Centre, which allows waste to be separated and treated prior to being collected. The unit, which processes cardboard, plastic, metal, wood, paper, cans and pallets, was converted from an unused catering unit following a £330,000 investment, and features the latest in waste sorting and bailing equipment. NEC MD, Kathryn James, says: “Every year across the site, we generate around 3,000 tonnes of waste as a result of the 214 events that we hold, both at The NEC and the LG Arena.  As a leader in our markets, we have a responsibility to reduce our environmental impact and have committed to recycling 50 per cent of all waste generated on site by 2012.” In the last year, the Waste Pre-Treatment Centre has contributed to The NEC Group diverting 992 tonnes of waste from landfill to be recycled, equating to a financial saving of £47,600, and a carbon saving of 406 tonnes of CO2. Waste generated at The NEC site is split into two categories: exhibition and event waste, created from the build up and breakdown of exhibitions and events on site; and catering and infrastructure waste, generated from catering, public circulations areas and service departments.
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