Britannia Hotels signs deal with 707 for better waste management
7 September 2009, News release from 707 Ltd
The hotel sector may not traditionally have an eco conscience - but more forwardthinking chains, such as Britannia Hotels Ltd, are keen to address their environmental record.
This is one of several reasons why 707 Resource Management recently won a 12- month contract to service Britannia's 34 hotels across the UK.
Another reason was 707's competitiveness on pricing and goal of saving the chain money, following a thorough assessment of each hotel's waste and recycling procedures. Currently Britannia spends £500,000 on handling its waste. 707 aims to reduce that figure by around 15 per cent.
Graeme Rose, Managing Director of 707 says, "Our team will be auditing the hotels one by one and recommending changes such as reducing the number of waste containers, introducing glass and cardboard recycling and, where suitable, putting in balers."
Elena Tsvetkova of Britannia's Building Division said, "We are delighted that 707 have taken over our waste contract. It's becoming increasingly important for the leisure industry to be more environmentally aware and 707's aim to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill is extremely important to us."
Helen Hughes, also of Britannia's Building Division commented, "We really appreciate that everyone in 707 is easily contactable, from the customer service staff to the MD. Responsiveness is so important in the hotels business and, so far, we've found 707 very quick to act."
707's management team were at the forefront of greening the waste industry. They have a refreshing mix of old school customer service and utilise the latest technology. Britannia were impressed by 707's ability to report on the amount of waste actually being sent to landfill and their transparency with regard to customer service reports and online accounts.
Ten of the hotels have so far been audited by 707. The annual waste bill at Liverpool's prestigious Adelphi hotel has already been substantially reduced. Measures have included implementing recycling across the board and the installation of a cardboard baler, leading to a substantial reduction in waste sent to landfill.
When 707 took over the management of the International Hotel in London's Docklands they introduced glass and card recycling. A baler has been provided for the cardboard, which is now collected free of charge, and separate wheelie bins are on site for glass recycling. The general waste collection was reduced significantly, resulting in a reduction in overall costs of around £10,000 per annum.
As a waste and recycling outsource company, wherever possible 707 uses local suppliers and waste management operations that use transfer stations (where recycables are removed) rather than those that go direct to landfill. 707's ultimate goal is zero landfill and by using contractors local to the client's collection point they reduce the cost and impact of transportation.
For more information on 707, see the website: www.707.co.uk
For further information please email 707 Ltd