This was the one of the first pay by weight contracts for SUEZ and is the largest in the Higher Education Sector, supporting more than 110,000 staff and students across 8 institutions – Arts University Bournemouth, Solent University, Southampton City College, University of Southampton, Bournemouth University, University of Portsmouth, University of Winchester and University for the Creative Arts.
The five year contract has been in place since January 2016 and runs to 31 December 2020. This is a zero waste to landfill solution for all institutions and multiple waste streams are offered under the one contract. From general waste, dry mixed recycling, food and garden wastes through to bulky wastes, furniture, sharps, light bulbs, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), chemical, clinical and confidential waste for all eight universities, SUEZ services over 130 locations and over 800 recycling and general waste containers.
This contract adds 3,500 lifts per week to the SUEZ fleet and 7,000 tonnes per annum to our processing facilities.
As part of this contract, SUEZ provides compliant, local services from their depots in Fareham, Poole, Aldershot, Sittingbourne and Mitcham.
SUEZ provides a dedicated account manager and a local helpdesk to support the needs of these institutions and also have an intern on a 12-month placement each year to provide investment in work experience to the customers.
Accurate weight data is available to support members in tracking and reporting recycling targets and compliance information is also available online, accessible to the members at any time.
Waste audits are undertaken twice per year for each of the eight institutions to focus on cost reduction and continual improvement projects, using the weight data gathered to inform where changes can be made. SUEZ also continue to explore new recycling opportunities for key waste streams that the SCAG locations produce.
SUEZ has undertaken a number of initiatives during the first two years of the contract with all eight institutions, including:
Individual recycling requirements for each institution have been defined to ensure a compliant, efficient process for getting the best value from all the different waste materials at each location. The next step will be to discuss reviewing the individual institution's supply chains to establish if there can be any reductions in the volume of waste generated.
We’re pleased to be partnered with a company that share our goal and actively support us on our waste reduction journey.
The changes and developments that SUEZ has introduced are making substantial differences to how we handle our waste streams, and also to the procurement processes we follow.
To have reduced our costs whilst achieving our goal of zero waste to landfill at our eight institutions is a testament to our partnership.
We’re looking forward to working on future improvement projects with SUEZ.
David Lifford-Head of Procurement | Bournemouth University
We are really pleased to help SCAG reach their goal of zero waste to landfill – a concept that SUEZ is very dedicated to.
It’s been a really interesting journey working alongside the dedicated team at SCAG as we adapt and develop how they manage their waste.
All the stakeholders are invested in the common goal and they’re always happy to explore other options and test new ideas to see how they can continue improving.
Jennifer Hake-Key Account Manager - Public Services | SUEZ recycling and recovery UK