National Trust chooses Reconomy as waste partner
The National Trust has appointed outsourcing firm Reconomy to manage waste across all of its properties for the next five years.
Under the agreement, Reconomy will collect and process general waste, mixed recyclables and glass, wash room services, and hazardous waste from over 350 houses, gardens, woodlands, monuments, nature reserves and parks.
The contract win follows a feasibility study Reconomy carried out for the National Trust in 2008, which looked into providing nationwide waste management via local control. Since then the outsourcer has built up a portfolio of Trust properties culminating in the national framework agreement.
A key objective of the partnership has been for Reconomy to help the National Trust find more cost-effective and long-term waste management while making sure that any waste disposal fulfils legal requirements.
Reconomy will report to the National Trust on waste streams, percentage of waste recycled and percentage diverted from landfill on both a regional and national level. Over time this information will feed into an environmental management system.
National Trust waste advisor Tamzin Phillips said: "The National Trust has sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including some very remote locations and it was important for us to find a partner with the resources to service such outposts.
"The link between the Trust's commitment to a local strategy and Reconomy's drive to use local providers from its extensive pre-approved supply chain is a major benefit. We are confident that our objectives of enhanced sustainability, lower environmental impact and reduced costs will be achieved."