Bunzl Catering Supplies knocks recycling target for six

Bunzl and Lords volunteers, plastic cups initiative

Bunzl Catering Supplies has announced the results of phase two of its recycling initiative with Lord’s Cricket Ground, in conjunction with Simply Waste Solutions (SWS) and Closed Loop Environmental Services (CLES).

Phase two of the recycling initiative found that in excess of 80% of its single-use plastic cups were collected for recycling by positive picking, well above its target.

The positive pick involved volunteers from Lord’s, Simply Cups and Simply Waste collecting and segregating single-use plastic cups from the stands, whilst engaging with spectators regarding the recycling initiative.

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This follows phase one of the recycling experiment, which set out to observe the effect of newly designed recycling bins. The result demonstrated the general public’s willingness to participate in recycling and proved that spectators would correctly recycle plastic cups if given the opportunity to do so in an easily accessible and understandable way.

Bunzl Head of Sustainability Jo Gilroy at Lords positive pick 1

The first stage of the phase two trial involved a positive pick following the T20 Blast match between Middlesex and Somerset in the 2016 season; where the partnership implemented positive picking of plastic cups from the lower Grand Stand and Compton Stand.

The second part of the trial took place during the lunch and tea intervals on day one of the England versus Pakistan Test Match and saw active picking of plastic cups in the lower Grand Stand.

Joanna Gilroy, head of sustainability, Bunzl Catering Supplies commented: “I am really proud of what we achieved at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Effective recycling of any material or product requires collaboration from multiple stakeholders.

“We constructed a team consisting of our own colleagues, staff from Simply Waste Solutions and Closed Loop Environmental Services and volunteers from Lord’s to work together with a common goal – to get the spectators at Lord’s to think about the consequences of where and how they throw things away. We were not sure how the spectators would react to our presence in the stands but it was wonderful to witness the positivity from everyone we engaged with, actively helping us collect the cups and contributing to us smashing our recycling target.”

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