Recycling And Waste Benchmarking Review Identifies Commodity
Options For The Open University
The Open University has made significant improvements in its recycling and waste
performance over a number of years and was looking for ways to start engaging with
rebates along with increased recycling solutions and strategies over and above those
identified by the internal management team.
The Open University engaged the services of Sitemark under their guarantee scheme;
if no savings or significant recycling solutions could be identified no charges would be
levied. Sitemark undertook an in-depth 2 day site visit where all on-site external and
internal consoles were reviewed and all data associated with recycling was inspected.
Through in-depth investigation and process knowledge Sitemark identified the
potential of rebate solutions to just over 15% of the annual budget and additional
savings around processes of a further 10 to 15% of current budgets. The University
now has a vision to take their recycling levels to new heights.
"Sitemark were able to demonstrate to the management team that some of the
streams that we have been segregating for some time held a value in the commodity
market place. They then obtained example rebates for the materials and some of the
providers in the market place. We can now consider how to rearrange our
infrastructure around this new approach and drive further change and improvement."
Margaret Dawkins - Catering and Cleaning Contracts Manager
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