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Biffa Partners with WasteAid

Biffa Partners with WasteAid to Tackle Global Waste Issues

Biffa Partners with WasteAid to Tackle Global Waste Issues

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  • Biffa announces partnership with charity WasteAid to help developing countries manage waste

  • One in three people globally do not have access to waste management

  • 70% of plastic in the world’s oceans comes from places with no waste management facilities

  • Biffa will share its experience and expertise to make a genuine difference in communities without waste management

09 April 2019: Biffa plc, a leading UK integrated waste management company, today announces a three-year partnership with UK-based charity WasteAid, which will see the business support WasteAid financially and offer its expertise to help communities in developing countries improve the management of waste.

 

In the UK and developed countries, the collection and management of waste is taken for granted. However, in many developing countries a waste management service simply does not exist, with one in three people having no access to any such facilities. This means that 40% of the world’s waste – from homes, businesses, agriculture, hospitals and industry – is not collected or treated and as a result, it is often dumped. Much of it makes its way to the world’s oceans, with 70% of plastic marine litter coming from places without waste management facilities.

WasteAid works with communities in developing countries to share practical and low-cost approaches to waste management and recycling. Its innovative projects include teaching communities how to turn water bottles into eco bricks to build homes and schools, as well converting plastic bags into paving slabs which can be sold to local businesses.

By partnering with WasteAid, Biffa will be able to bring financial support and its extensive experience in addressing complex waste issues in the UK to areas with no previous access to waste management. As a leading waste management business that collects 4.1m tonnes of waste from UK homes and businesses a year and processes and treats over 3.7m tonnes of waste and recycling, Biffa is well placed to put its knowledge and operational expertise to good use. The work with WasteAid will not only benefit the environment on a global scale, it will also help to bring a better quality of life to people in these areas as well as create jobs and opportunities.

Michael Topham, Chief Executive at Biffa, commented: “We are proud to support WasteAid and share our expertise in parts of the world that urgently need to tackle the complex issue of how to manage waste in a sustainable manner.  Our financial and technical support will help WasteAid to expand its operations, providing more communities with much needed help as they seek to develop sustainable waste management practices.”

Zoë Lenkiewicz, Head of Programmes and Engagement at WasteAid, adds: One in three people globally do not have a waste management service and have to burn or dump their waste, much of it ending up in the oceans. This transformational partnership with Biffa will mean that together we can help tackle the issues at the source of global waste pollution.”

 

Biffa has already supplied vital Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including Safety boots, High visibility clothing, Face Masks and Litter Pickers to an existing WasteAid project in Gunjur, The Gambia, West Africa. Future projects include working with the local community on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya, East Africa, to collect, manage and recycle waste from where they work growing flowers for the European cut flower market to provide a cleaner environment and green jobs.

Biffa employees, customers and suppliers will have the opportunity to get involved in fundraising for the company wide partnership of supporting the work of WasteAid - both in the UK and overseas.

For more information, visit www.biffa.co.uk/WasteAid

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Biffa plc: fast facts

  • Biffa operates in over 195 locations UK nationwide and has more than 2,700 vehicles on the front line.

  • Biffa is the UK’s No.1 for Business waste collection and covers over 95% of UK postcodes.

  • Last year Biffa collected over 4.1m tonnes of waste & recycling from UK households and industry & commerce.

  • Biffa’s extensive recycling and treatment operations process and treat over 3.7m tonnes of waste every year.

  • In 2018 Biffa generated 476GWh of energy from waste.

  • Biffa employs over 7,900 people.

Notes to Editors:

Biffa is a leading UK-based integrated waste management business. The Group operates across the breadth of the waste management value chain, including the collection, treatment, processing and disposal of waste and recyclable materials, as well the production and sale of energy derived from waste and the sale of recovered commodities such as paper, glass, metals and plastic. Biffa’s customer base for these services includes local authorities (which includes the collection of waste from households), large corporates and SMEs, and purchasers of end-product commodities and energy. Across its operations, the Group handled approximately 7.8mT and treated approximately 3.7mT of waste in Fiscal Year 2018. The Group’s total revenue was £1076.7 million and its underlying EBITDA was £150.0 million. Biffa trades on the London Stock Exchange’s main market for listed securities under the ticker "BIFF”.

For more information visit www.biffa.co.uk

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