Innovating to enable the circular economy
Trialling and using new technologies, we can reduce waste, improve recyclability, and close the loop on circular solutions.
About half the reductions to get to net zero emissions in 2050 will need to come from technologies that are not yet ready for market. This calls for massive leaps in innovation.
Fatih Birol ED
International Energy Agency (IEA)
What does innovation mean for Biffa?
Scalable products, systems and technologies to achieve the environmental, social, and economic impact goals outlined in our sustainability strategy
Tools to enable greater transparency and increase the sustainability, circularity and recyclability of both old and new products
Increased automation to drive efficiency, improve safety, as well as enhance data capture and traceability
New opportunities to enable the circular economy and help combat the UK’s waste challenges
Utilising our infrastructure, network and expertise to partner and trial promising new technical solutions and advancements
Spotlight on our latest trials
Polytag and lifecycle data
Biffa is partnering with Polytag, to help Ocado Retail, Co-op and Aldi gain unprecedented packaging lifecycle data. A variety of bottles marked with UV 2D tags, can be read by a Polytag UV tag reader retrofitted onto the plastic conveyor at our Teesside MRF in the northeast of England.
ReBorn and sustainable homeware
Brunel University London, Biffa, and Henley Marketing, supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will collaborate on sustainable homeware with ReBorn. The venture will see waste plastics revived as factory-fresh, low carbon washing-up bowls, dishracks, and drainers.
Northern Trains and IoT
Northern Trains, alongside Biffa, deployed smart bin sensors at 70 stations across the North East. Manufactured in the UK by IoT Solutions Group, these sensors give Northern Trains real-time data on recycling volumes from individual bins, helping them monitor and improve recycling rates.
Explore the possibilities with us
If you are an organisation or company looking for a partner to help you trial an innovative new solution that will help make waste more sustainable, then get in touch.