Over 400 tonnes of waste and recycling collected at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Biffa collected and recycled 335,000 plastic bottles, 13 tonnes of cardboard and paper, 2.5 tonnes of glass and 360kg of drinks cans from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, official figures reveal.

Biffa says that any waste that couldn’t be recycled, such as food scraps, was transformed into 143,000kWh of electricity, which is enough to power almost 50 UK homes for a year.

Biffa continues that its sustainable treatment of the material it collected from Games venues saved 225 tonnes of carbon emissions when compared to landfill disposal. None of the waste Biffa collected went to landfill and no plastic waste was exported.

Birmingham 2022 aimed to be the first Commonwealth Games with a carbon-neutral legacy, setting a benchmark for future Games and other major sporting events.

Head of Sustainability at Biffa, Charlotte Scallon, said: “We were delighted to be trusted as the Official Waste Management and Recycling Provider for Birmingham 2022.

Helping support our ambition of making Birmingham 2022 the first Commonwealth Games in history with a carbon-neutral legacy.

“Tens of thousands of sports fans produce a lot of waste but, as leading enablers of the UK’s circular economy, we’re proud that we honoured our commitment to sustainably manage, treat and dispose of waste produced across the 12 days of the Games. It was a real team effort across the business.”

Biffa’s fleet of Games vehicles included three electric refuse collection trucks, while more than 100 Biffa employees volunteered their time as Recycling Ambassadors, helping visitors and spectators use the correct bins for their waste.

In total, more than 400 tonnes of waste were collected throughout the Games, more than half of which was recycled, Biffa says.

Plastic bottles were recycled at Biffa’s flagship polymer plants in the North-East. Food waste was turned into electricity at Biffa’s anaerobic digestion plant in Cannock in the West Midlands, while another non-recyclable waste was converted into power at UK energy-from-waste plants.

Birmingham 2022’s Executive Director of Games Services and Workforce, Mick Wright, said: “It’s been great to have Biffa’s support as our Official Waste Management and Recycling Provider for the Games.

“It was very important to us to work with a provider that was committed to and experienced in sustainably managing waste and Biffa has proven to be the perfect partner, delivering on this aim and helping support our ambition of making Birmingham 2022 the first Commonwealth Games in history with a carbon-neutral legacy.”

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