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Southampton Boat Show

Strategic partnership with the UK’s largest watersports festival

Case study // Making waste and recycling plain sailing.


Organised by National Boat Shows Ltd, the PSP Southampton Boat Show takes place annually every September.

2011 was the 18th year running that Biffa has successfully provided waste services for the 10-day event, ensuring that the park remained waste free before, during and after the show.

More than 135 tonnes of rubbish was removed and treated in the most responsible manner possible without affecting the day to day running of the event. “In total, nearly 50 tonnes of wood, card, plastic and glass were recycled – more than ever before,” says Biffa’s Lee Guy.

The Biffa approach to delivering more

  • We are keen to promote the value of waste, ensuring it is a benefit not a cost
  • Biffa works with event organisers to achieve waste and recycling ambitions with minimum impact on organisers, exhibitors or visitors
  • Biffa is the market leader in terms of capacity in Mixed Recycling Centres in London, Manchester and Birmingham
  • Our contract managers develop close partnerships with our customers to truly tailor-make services
  • Our customers are provided with a full set of documents to ensure sites meet strict legal requirements

Working with the PSP Southampton Boat Show

  • Biffa has a strong partnership with the PSP Southampton Boat Show stretching back to 1993.
  • In 2011, Biffa collected more than 135 tonnes of waste at the ten day show
  • More than 25 tonnes of wood were recycled at the 2011 show – the same weight as an 84 foot yacht
  • Show organiser National Boat Shows partnership approach, commitment and enthusiasm have been essential to achieving success

Murray Ellis, Managing Director, National Boat Shows commented ““We are extremely pleased with Biffa’s performance again at the PSP Southampton Boat Show in providing the waste disposal service.

It is all about teamwork and planning, which was reflected in the successful removal of rubbish throughout the build-up, show and breakdown periods of the event.

The Biffa operator onsite, Trevor White, worked closely with our cleaning contractor to ensure the pre-show planning with our Southampton office was implemented fully, including our responsibilities of maximising the recycling opportunities.” 


Martin Nobes - Head of New Business

Martin Nobes

New Business Enquiries - if you're interested in how Biffa can help support you with strategic sustainable solutions contact Martin by emailing

For 18 years, the PSP Southampton Boat Show has been a rubbish-free zone thanks to Biffa, with more of its waste recycled in 2011 than ever before.

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Tonnes of rubbish removed and treated in 2011