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BUNZL CATERING SUPPLIES CLOSES THE LOOP ON RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR OPERATORS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIPS

Bunzl Catering Supplies, the leading distributor of catering disposables to the UK hospitality sector has today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Closed Loop Environmental Solutions (CLES) and Simply Waste Solutions (SWS).

The business will work with the organisations to bring hospitality and catering operators an exclusive resource management and recycling solution which is credible, transparent and cost effective.

CLES has one aim, to divert resources from landfill on a journey to zero waste.  SWS handle over 55,000 collections every month, whilst facilitating the processing of over 60,000 tonnes of waste and recycling materials every year, with the aim to reduce the carbon footprint of its customers.

Having conducted extensive research amongst customers, Bunzl Catering Supplies identified that for many, wasted resource was predominantly going into general waste streams, when in fact what they wanted was a solution for recycling different material types. In addition, customers were also extremely aware of the growing costs surrounding sending waste to landfill which in turn, was affecting profits.

Paul Willcocks, Director Exclusive Brands, Bunzl Catering Supplies comments: “According to a recent article in the Financial Times, with statistics by Allegra Strategies, 1.7bn cups of coffee are currently being sold each year in the UK, from more than 18,000 outlets, which is set to grow to almost 21,000 by 2020. What this tells us is that disposable hot cups are being sold into a sector which will continue to enjoy considerable market growth, so it is imperative for us a major supplier to this sector that we find a proven solution for hospitality and catering operators to manage this waste stream. We analysed our customer’s waste streams against materials and volumes, and it clear that the grab-and-go culture sweeping the UK shows no sign of abating, which means that the current issues operators’ face around the disposal of food and drink packaging waste is not going to go away.

He continues: “We have set ourselves the target to work hand-in-hand with them to transform waste into a valuable resource, whilst changing misconceptions surrounding it. By partnering with Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions, we can provide operators with a proven solution for resource management and recycling, whilst also providing them with valuable data on how much of their waste has been sent for recycling and indeed how much waste has actually been recycled, to assist them in meeting their own sustainability policies.”

Peter Goodwin, Managing Director, Closed Loop Environmental Solutions commented: “We are delighted to have entered into a partnership with Bunzl Catering Supplies, which will allow our business to bring our proven solutions for resource and recovery  and recycling to a vast amount of operators across UK. We’re very much looking forward to working with the business as we continue in our drive to make a significant environmental difference for operators.”

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