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Biffa launches initiative to improve construction waste compliancy across Yorkshire

Biffa, the UK’s leading waste management provider, has invested £250,000 into a new service to help improve the Yorkshire construction industry’s waste compliance.

The firm has launched a dedicated Construction & Demolition (C&D) offering in Yorkshire, allowing firms to order same-day skip delivery, with a guarantee of legally compliant collection and disposal.

Representing a total investment of £250k, the initiative has created four new jobs. With nearly 23,000 construction firms registered in Yorkshire, the region was chosen as an ideal launch area, before the offering is rolled out nationwide.

The latest statistics from the Environment Agency show more than 200 new illegal waste sites containing construction debris were discovered nationwide between March 2017 and March 2018 – a huge 70 per cent increase from the 119 found merely four years earlier.

Construction firms are a key target for unlicensed waste disposal companies, as the high tonnage of debris needing swift removal offers easy business for waste criminals. Yet many contractors are unaware these businesses are unlicensed, leaving them uncompliant and liable for fines, or even a prison sentence, should their waste be found dumped in an unlicensed and illegal site.

According to the Environment Agency, the number of illegal waste sites across the UK has risen from 1,425 to 1,485 between March 2017 and March 2018. In an attempt to reduce levels across all sectors, government agency Defra has already launched an in-depth review into UK waste crime, due to be released later this year.

Anthony Holley, regional general manager at Biffa, said: “Yorkshire’s construction industry is thriving – a key reason why we chose to invest in launching this initiative here first.

“While construction activity is at a peak in Yorkshire, unfortunately waste criminals are keen to take advantage of unsuspecting firms who simply want to dispose of their waste as quickly as possible, trusting it to be handled correctly.

“Waste crime undermines all the work we do in managing the UK’s refuse and we want to do all we can to prevent it. By investing in a dedicated C&D offering under the trusted Biffa name, we aim to provide the construction industry with an accessible solution which supports their compliancy, along with Defra and Yorkshire councils’ efforts to reduce waste crime across the region.”

Biffa guarantees same day delivery skip hire in Brighouse, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley, Halifax and Ossett if ordered before 11am. For more information please see here or call 01924 490 827.

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Notes to Editors:

Biffa is a leading UK-based integrated waste management business. The Group operates across the breadth of the waste management value chain, including the collection, treatment, processing and disposal of waste and recyclable materials, as well the production and sale of energy derived from waste and the sale of recovered commodities such as paper, glass, metals and plastic. Biffa’s customer base for these services includes local authorities (which includes the collection of waste from households), large corporates and SMEs, and purchasers of end-product commodities and energy. Across its operations, the Group handled approximately 7.8mT and treated approximately 3.7mT of waste in Fiscal Year 2018. The Group’s services are organised across four operating divisions: Industrial & Commercial; Municipal; Resource Recovery & Treatment (RR&T); and Energy employing c.7,900 people. In Fiscal Year 2018, the Group’s total revenue was £1076.7 million and its underlying EBITDA was £150.0 million. Biffa trades on the London Stock Exchange’s main market for listed securities under the ticker “BIFF”.

For more information visit www.biffa.co.uk

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biffa@onlybeattie.com / 0161 870 9876