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Reconomy awarded waterways contract

By 04/08/2021No Comments

Reconomy, the circular resource management specialist, has won a new contract with the Canal and River Trust to manage the collection, processing, and disposal of hazardous waste materials across approximately 2,000 miles of Britain’s waterways.

Under the contract terms Reconomy will introduce a range of waste management services and systems to safeguard against the impact of hazardous waste, improving the experiences of all those using Britain’s waterways. This extends the range of services provided to the Trust by Reconomy, which already includes the collection of general waste from some sites.

The Canal and River Trust is responsible for England and Wales’ legacy of 200-year-old waterways, holding them in trust for the nation forever. The charity cares for, maintains and brings to life over 2,000 miles of waterways, including 2,980 bridges, 1,580 locks and 335 aqueducts – as well as countless wildlife habitats and precious natural ecosystems.

Reconomy will proactively support the Trust in its environmental endeavour and work collaboratively to help deliver against its broader sustainability goals and aspirations. A blend of responsive and efficient service, together with innovative adaptation, will support the Trust in managing some of the more challenging waste scenarios it faces, and help improve its environmental footprint.

Harvey Laud, Divisional Director at Reconomy said: “We are delighted to be chosen as a partner to the Trust and have developed a sound understanding of the challenges presented in managing such a varied and beautiful estate. We are looking forward to playing our part, supporting the Trust in preserving and enhancing the waterways and surrounding environment for the benefit of the public and future generations. The team is so enthusiastic to deliver an exemplar service for the Trust and its stakeholders and is eager to get involved in some of the exciting projects we have planned.”

Jamie Bryan, Framework Contract Manager at the Canal and River Trust, commented: “Our canals and rivers run through some of the most heavily populated communities in England and Wales, providing accessible green and blue space where they are needed most. They also bring vital well-being opportunities to millions, which is more important than ever, given the struggles we have all faced over the last 18 months.

“The swift and correct management of waste – and in particular, hazardous materials such as oil and fuel spillages and fly-tipped waste – is critically important to maintaining the high standards of our waterways. We are therefore delighted to be working with Reconomy to ensure that our visitors have the best possible experience and fully enjoy the many benefits our waterways have to offer.”

FMJ and Grundon Waste Management have launched the 2021 waste and recycling management survey. It’s the fourth year for the annual appraisal of how FMs manage their waste and recycling activities and one which marks an unprecedented period of disruption to services due to the pandemic.

In order to understand how FMs have navigated their way through the last year and their plans for meeting stringent waste and recycling targets we’ve posed a series of questions – aided by the advice and experience of our editorial steering committee.

The results of the 2021 survey will be published in FMJ magazine and form the basis of a white paper co-written by FMJ and the experts at Grundon on how to approach waste and recycling strategies.

To take part in the survey click here.

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