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Mitie docks in Dover for waste management deal

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Dover Harbour Board has appointed Mitie for the delivery of waste management services at the Port of Dover, including the seafront, Cruise Terminals and Dover Cargo Terminal.

The three-year contract, which comes with the option to extend for two additional years, will see Mitie support Dover Harbour Board with its aim to achieve net zero carbon across all its operations. Mitie will work to minimise waste over the 95-hectare site, which was visited by over six million passengers last year, delivering sustainability-focused waste management through a range of circular economy focused initiatives.

New initiatives include increasing the port’s capacity for recycling, working with port vendors to replace use of single-use plastics with more sustainable products, and donating or selling redundant furniture, with the profits going to social enterprises. Working in partnership with regional suppliers, Mitie will also offer solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain zero waste to landfill, such as sending green waste for composting and food waste for anaerobic digestion.

Mitie will bring its best-in-class waste data reporting tool. For the first time, the Dover Harbour Board will have detailed carbon data across its whole estate incorporated into its current waste cycle reporting, to get further insight into where waste could be eliminated. Mitie will also introduce on-site container storage so that waste can be stored and compacted meaning more waste can be carried by vehicles, therefore reducing the carbon emissions associated with waste removal.

Vicki Beatty, Head of Safety, Quality and Environment at the Port of Dover, said: “Sustainability is integral to everything we do at the Port of Dover. Alongside our ambitious net zero targets, we have committed to several continuous improvement targets to ensure zero environmental harm from our operations and maintaining zero waste to landfill. We look forward to partnering with Mitie to minimise waste, emissions from transport of waste and eliminate single-use plastics across the Port site.”

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