Biffa’s Coventry transfer station saves ‘274 tonnes’ of carbon for the NEC

Biffa has announced that it has been able to deliver carbon savings of 274 tonnes to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Group by delivering waste to its new transfer station in Coventry.

Waste and recycling will be delivered to the nearby new transfer station, reducing mileage for RCVs

The 50,000 tonne transfer station which was opened last year sits just three miles from the NEC Arena in Birmingham. It will now act as the primary transfer station for all NEC Group waste collections including the NEC and Resorts World Arena venues.

Biffa said the Group will save 26,255 waste-related miles travelled in 2024, the equivalent of 274 tonnes of carbon.

The facility will be able to bulk both recyclable material and residual waste, which is then transported to Biffa’s Newhurst EfW (see letsrecycle.com story).

These carbon emission savings equate to 53 UK homes’ annual electricity usage, or the charging of 33 million mobile phones, Biffa added.

‘Wonderful example’

Kerry-Louise Halford, senior regional account manager at Biffa said: “Our partnership with the NEC Group is a wonderful example of our work with businesses and organisations, large and small, to help them waste less and recycle more.

“Sustainable waste management strategies are vital to help drive down climate change-related carbon emissions, while participating in the circular economy ensures the preservation of valuable natural resources.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved together so far and look forward to continuing our journey to net zero.


Working in partnership with international facilities service specialist OCS, Biffa said the savings will be achieved by using fewer vehicles, to travel even fewer miles to deliver higher compaction rates.

By scheduling collections supported by the wider fleet and using a higher specification packer technology to drive time and volume efficiencies, the partnership “supports the NEC Group’s ambitions to make its waste management practices more environmentally friendly and achieve net zero by 2040”.

Steve Cartmell, group FM contract support manager at the NEC Group said: “It’s fantastic that we are further strengthening our partnership with OCS and Biffa by utilising the newest Biffa waste management site in Coventry. Right on the doorstep of the NEC Group, we are very proud that that our waste practices are not only thoughtful and sustainable, but also reducing vehicle miles more than ever before.”

Darren Hawkins, head of soft services at OCS added: “We’re delighted to have played our part in such a significant saving in waste operation emissions in partnership with the NEC Group and Biffa.

“The fleet strategy, which makes the use of vehicles and the time of drivers more efficient, has been key to this reduction. Its effectiveness is an excellent template for others to follow as they seek to reduce their own emissions.”

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