Mitie will work with Bidfood to implement a waste reduction strategy across its 37 depots in the UK. A key element to the strategy will see Mitie implementing a circular economy, making sure excess food is used by charities and other organisations, rather than being thrown away.
As part of the contract Mitie will trial new waste management technology and innovation that will enable Bidfood to reduce its overall waste output and improve recycling rates. These trials will include food waste dryers, which remove water from food to produce a dried material used to fertilise soil; bin sensors, which monitor fill levels to improve the efficiency of collections, and reverse vending machines, which accept used cans and bottles so that they can be sorted and recycled. The company’s Manchester depot will act as the innovation hub and initiatives that prove successful will then be rolled out across other Bidfood premises.
In addition, Mitie has already started to support Bidfood, in its Choose to Reuse school campaign, which raises awareness on how best to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic. Mitie waste experts joined Bidfood teams touring schools across the country, teaching pupils about the impact plastic packaging is having on the planet.
Michael Taylor, Managing Director of Mitie Waste & Environmental Services, said: “We share a common desire with Bidfood to tackle sustainability issues, like food waste, reducing single-use plastic and recycling, so we are delighted to have entered this long-term relationship. We are confident that we can make significant improvements to boost sustainability that will benefit both companies.”
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