Peel achieves 86.4% recycling rate

Michael Hunt

Peel has said it has achieved an average 86.4% recycling rate across sites it manages within the North West.

During the first quarter of 2010, covering the period between 1 January and 31 March, Peel said of all the waste created by tenants at its sites across the North West, an average of 86.4% of it has been recycled, while at some sites 94.3% of the waste is being recycled.

Peel said the type of waste produced determines how it will be recycled. The land and property owner added that general waste can go through "a waste-to-energy process in order to produce fuel/energy" whereas paper and card waste will go to "a materials recycling facility".

Peel, which has a property investment and land portfolio of 9m sq ft of investment property and owns over 25,000 acres of land, said that the waste is separated at this facility, depending on the type of waste, and paper and card can be recycled to produce fibre.

B&M Waste Services, which provides the service, transports selected waste material to a processing plant in Merseyside. Peel said the plant has developed "a range of patented technologies to recover and recycle up to 95% of the waste delivered to it". The process recovers commodities and produces sustainable fuels for the production of green heat energy, renewable electricity and low carbon road transport fuels.

Peel added that the recycling performance of each of its managed sites is determined by calculating the weight of unrecyclable residue left at the end of the process as a proportion of the waste material delivered to the plant. This non-recyclable residue is a very small proportion of the initial material, and due to its inert nature has no impact on greenhouse gas generation.

Paul Chappels, head of investment at Peel, said: "We are very pleased to receive an average recycle rate of 86.4% as much of the remaining waste has very little impact on the environment. Peel's commitment to recycling is part of a wider strategy that saw Peel recently awarded the Carbon Trust Standard."

Vicki Hulse, marketing manager at B&M Waste Services, added: "We are pleased to take this opportunity to work in partnership with Peel Land & Property. Together we now utilise the very latest technologies to successfully achieve a very high recycling rate and minimal landfill."

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