Biffa has been awarded a three-year contract to provide integrated waste management services across the John Lewis Partnership’s shops and supermarkets.
The contract, which was announced yesterday (22 November), will be delivered on behalf of facilities management firm MML and will include collection of refuse, mixed dry recyclables and food waste across John Lewis Partnership’s UK estate.
The estate includes 48 John Lewis shops as well as 350 Waitrose supermarkets.
Biffa aims to help support the retailer’s food waste reduction goals via its collection service – which will be boosted with upcoming investments in additional food waste transfer stations across the UK, the company says.
Food waste collected from the John Lewis and Waitrose outlets will feed Biffa’s existing anaerobic digestion plants in West Sussex, Poplars in the West Midlands and Wanlip in Leicestershire.
Daren King, sales director for Biffa’s Industrial and Commercial division, welcomed the new contract as a “great addition” to the company’s “rapidly expanding” retail portfolio.
He said: “Securing the John Lewis Partnership contract is recognition of our understanding of the retail sector’s unique waste requirements.
“The new partnership is a further boost to our Retail portfolio and enables us to do what we do best, fully utilise our nationwide network to service the John Lewis Partnership’s large footprint of UK-based sites. Biffa is perfectly placed to help the John Lewis Partnership in the delivery of food waste reduction.”
James Pogmore, general manager, Future Planning & Sustainable Development at the John Lewis Partnership, added: “We can confirm the appointment of Biffa for the provision of waste management services for the John Lewis Partnership and look forward to working with them across all of our UK sites.”
Simply Waste Solutions had previously managed waste across a large proportion of the Partnership’s sites, having worked with the retail chain since 2008. This came after the Partnership sought to ‘consolidate’ its contract-base – as reported by letsrecycle.com in 2013 (see letsrecycle.com story).