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B&M Waste retains Carbon Neutral status

B&M Waste Services has achieved Carbon Neutrality for the eighth year running.

This year, the confidential waste arm of its business, B&M Secure Shredding, has also become Carbon Neutral, making it the first shredding business in the country to achieve such an accolade.

Achieving carbon neutrality to the British Standards Industry (BSI)’s Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2060 since 2011, B&M Waste Services has offset over 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide by supporting Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) certified clean energy projects around the world – including land-fill gas reclaim projects. B&M Waste Services work has seen it support projects across the world including in Indonesia, Brazil, China Turkey and India. Also its work continues to include extensive tree planting in the North West region, in based in schools and community sites.

Coupled with supporting carbon reduction projects in developing countries, the company continues to reduce emissions year-on-year through its commitment to reducing its own energy consumption. The business has focused on cutting buildings and transport fleet energy through a variety of measures (behavioural and investment in technologies)- which is supported by its ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Standard certification. This has meant that whilst the business continues to grow in size and profit, emissions have significantly reduced. Emissions per employee have gone down 33% from 2010 and 17.5 % since last year. Emissions per £M turnover have decreased by 54% since the 2010 baseline year and 20% from last year.

Not only is B&M Waste Services putting sustainability at the heart of its own operations, the company is proactive in helping its customers improve their environmental impact. A recent ‘Simple Swaps Audit’ initiative is helping companies it works with not only recycle or reuse their waste, but make simple swaps and purchasing changes (e.g. plastics) to minimise waste output in the first place, and reduce their Carbon Footprint.

Mick Ashall, Director at B&M Waste, said: “We’re so proud to achieve Carbon Neutrality for yet another year. It’s more than a status to us; reducing our carbon footprint is one of our core business principles and at the heart of what we do.

“This year, we’ve committed to supporting carbon offsetting projects including tree planting in the UK, protection of trees in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest and Turkey Landfill gas recovery.

“We continue to support our customers in their waste minimisation projects through our Simple Swaps audit, and look to continue to maintain excellence in sustainable waste management solutions across the UK.”

B&M Waste Services works with Carbon Footprint Ltd to assess the carbon footprint of its business using a formal Carbon Management Plan, which documents its carbon reduction targets year-on-year.

Carbon Footprint Client Director, Dr Wendy Buckley, commented: “B&M Waste Services continues its fantastic commitment to climate change mitigation (ahead of any legislative requirement requiring them to) – it is particularly good to see them not only reducing their own carbon emissions by impressive amounts but proactively educating their clients to reduce their own.”

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