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Waste management company Biffa has said it has saved 6,600 tonnes of Co2 emissions since switching to the usage of rail links for the transport of inert waste material.
Rail links for the partnership were created in Manchester in 2017 and Leeds in 2018, to allow waste to be transported to Biffa’s landfill facility in Roxby, near Scunthorpe.
Biffa said that in the last few years it has been developing its rail transport capabilities, and is now transporting up to 27% of its specialist waste types destined for landfill by rail. The company added that since 2019, it has transported over 600,000 tonnes of inert waste by rail.
Biffa’s target to reduce carbon emissions is in line with its sustainability strategy announced earlier this year, which aims form “part of a wider initiative to tackle climate change”.
As part of the strategy, a new target to transport 50% of its input to landfill by rail by 2025 has been set, which Biffa said is “set to be achieved”.
‘Ambitious targets’Mick Davis, chief operating officer for resources and energy at Biffa, said: “Reducing our emissions has been a fundamental part of our business strategy over the past years and we are continually evaluating how to sustainably optimise our operations.
“This achievement is a small but important step towards meeting the ambitious targets set out in our new sustainability strategy which targets transporting 50% of our waste to landfill sites by rail by 2025. We’re looking forward to the results with upcoming rail links and the overall aim to tackle climate change in the UK.”
John Smith, managing director at GBRf added: “We are delighted to be Biffa’s partner in supporting them to reduce their carbon emissions. We look forward to continuing to develop further rail solutions with them to achieve their target of delivering 50% of waste on rail.”
This article first appeared on www.letsrecycle.com
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