The 400 bins, which enable waste and recyclables to be segregated, have been specifically tailored for the venue and form part of the NEC Group’s latest recycling drive.

In an exclusive interview, the NEC’s cleaning manager for venue operations, Steve Cartmell, told edie that the new bins were rolled out to coincide with the Sustainabilitylive! show taking place this week.

“This is the latest phase of our recycling programme. We already segregate our catering waste, and these colour-coded bins now enable us to segregate waste inside the halls which wasn’t possible before,” he said.

Two types of bin have been installed – green for mixed dry recyclables and black for general waste. The containers are designed to be mobile and can be stacked, stored and relocated to different halls depending on what events are being held.

The bins were supplied by Leafield Environmental who worked closely with the NEC Group to come up with a viable solution. The new containers also feature recycled content from the old bins they replaced.

Cartmell said the roll-out represented an investment of £45,000 and added that all the waste collected is pre-treated where possible on-site.

Maxine Perella

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