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​Building Research Establishment (BRE) Group

The BRE Group (BRE and BRE Global) has a history dating back over 90 years. Its mission is ‘to build a better world together’ and in this time it has seen the coming together of a number of separate research, testing and approvals organisations.

Located in Watford, with regional operations in Scotland and Wales, BRE uses its knowledge and influence to help others to achieve sustainability. It also demonstrates this policy through its own actions. The company’s sustainability strategy - known as the ‘S Plan’ was established in 2008 and set out to transform the way that BRE thinks and acts on sustainability. BRE realised that considerable work would be required to transform its waste management practice and contracted with Veolia in 2010 to help them achieve their goal.

The Challenge

The S Plan set the ambitious target to send zero non-hazardous waste to landfill by 2012. At the time, BRE was sending 55% of non-hazardous waste to landfill and had aspirations for the BRE Innovation Park to become a model of excellence in waste management practices.
The group wanted to work with a highly credible waste management company. One that could not only service their locations throughout the UK but could provide accountability, transparency and a visible audit trial for all BRE’s waste streams.

The Solution

Veolia conducted a series of waste audits to understand the opportunities for BRE’s waste streams. This highlighted the fact that almost 100% of office waste could be recycled. Veolia implemented a new office recycling scheme, removing individual desk bins and working with BRE to educate and inform staff. A ‘Recycle for Life’ campaign was created explaining the correct way to handle waste and highlighting items that could be recycled on-site.

An external recycling solution also enabled materials to be segregated and disposed of in 1,100 litre wheelie bins. Continuous on-site segregation was crucial since 80% of the total waste produced was from construction. Initially this included plaster board, wood and glass but was extended to include other mixed recyclates such as card, paper and plastic.

Veolia also recommended that food waste should be managed in 240 litre bins located in kitchen areas and diverted to anaerobic digestion.

For general waste, roll-on, roll-off containers enabled waste to be sorted for recyclates at the St Albans depot. Any remaining general waste and confidential waste was sent to Veolia’s SELCHP for incineration and energy recovery.

In addition to on-site training, BRE was invited to visit Veolia’s £60 million Integrated Waste Management Facility in Southwark. Here they were able to learn more about recycling and the new technologies involved in transforming waste into a resource.

The Result

The partnership approach and the S Plan have seen tremendous improvements and efficiencies. There has been an 8% reduction in waste produced on-site compared to 2010, the percentage of waste diverted from landfill is increasing year-on-year and over 93% of waste is recycled.

As of August 2013, BRE was diverting 99.8% of its non-hazardous waste from landfill. 100% of office waste was diverted from landfill throughout 2012, 62% being recycled and 38% being sent to the SELCHP Energy Recovery Facility in South East London. BRE also achieved 55% on-site segregation of skip waste and 99.5% off-site recovery of unsegregated skip waste.