Biffa’s combination of innovation and experience enables local authorities to provide efficient, effective and quality-led recycling services that are tailored both to local needs and the challenge of austerity budgets.

With 36 municipal contracts in England, Scotland and Wales, Biffa makes 4.1 million collections from over 2.4 million households each week. Many of its local authority clients have opted for wheeled bin collections of commingled dry recyclables, as well as residual waste, every fortnight, supported by weekly food waste and fortnightly garden waste collections. Others find that weekly collection schedules, kerbside-sorted recycling boxes and refuse sacks better suit their local needs. Whatever the preferred collection system, the dedication and professionalism of 3,700 Biffa staff, using around 1,400 specialist vehicles, deliver reliable and flexible recycling services that produce some of Britain’s highest recycling rates. In 2013-14, South Oxfordshire District Council was England’s top recycling council, while joint contract neighbour Vale of White Horse District Council was placed 3rd, both with recycling rates of just over 65%. Another Biffa-serviced authority – Stratford-on-Avon - was 6th in Defra’s 2013-14 league table for collection authorities with a recycling rate of 59%. Epping Forest was 7th with a recycling rate of 58.5%, while Surrey Heath took the 9th position with a recycling rate of 58.1%. In the same period, Ashford Borough Council shed the title of England’s worst recycling council, thanks to a new Biffa-managed recycling and refuse service that more than quadrupled Ashford’s recycling rate to over 50%. The Kent council now has a 60% rate in its sights.

Biffa’s track record for innovation includes launching the first service to make regular kerbside collections of small WEEE and textiles, now adopted by 15 councils.

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