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Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Zero Landfill Waste banner

One of my clients is Xerox who have recently adopted the commendable aim of producing zero landfill waste at their Uxbridge site by the end of 2008.  A week or so ago the banner above appeared.  Xerox already has an extensive recycling program. According to a 2004 article:

Totalling up the waste saved from landfill, the energy not consumed, the air and water pollution prevented and the injuries avoided, Xerox has marked the progress its environment, health and safety programme in its 10th annual progress report. Among the results cited in the 2004 report Xerox said it has kept more than 680 million kilograms of waste out of landfills since 1991 by taking back and re-manufacturing copiers and printers that have reached the end of their lives and by reusing or recycling parts from them. That weight is equivalent to a line of more than 88,000 school buses stretching for 550 miles claimed Xerox.

Last year alone, the company has claimed to have prevented 73 million kilograms of materials from entering landfills, through re-use and recycling of Xerox equipment and supplies.

The great thing about recycling schemes is that they are measured and set a standard for continuous improvement.  This week new labels appeared on the existing recycling bins throughout the site.

Waste bins

Xerox has a three bin recycling system, it is being expanded into a mixed recycling programme. The three bin system remains, but the “paper” bin is now used to recycle a wider variety of items, including all types of paper, newspapers, magazines, aluminium cans, glass and plastic bottles and cardboard.  The bin for items for the landfill is also labelled as such.  The above photograph illustrates the two main bins and gives a sample of the contents. The current bin labels are temporary. Users are being invited to comment on the design of the labelling.

This whole week the recycling company Grundon has put up a display on site and are enthusiastically educating Xerox staff and contractors about the new regime and its aims.  They are handing out promotional items.  The photo below illustrates a section of their display, with one of the Grundon representatives.

Grundon

I love the name Grundon, it’s so Adamsish or even Rowlinesque.

Posted by bigblue on 21/03/2007 at 06:47 AM
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When I hear “zero landfill waste” I smell the whiff of an incinerator.  :-(

Posted by Janet  on  21/03/2007  at  10:56 AM

You are right because Grundon is building a new incinerator in Colnbrook.  They plan to use the energy produced by incineration to generate electricity (enough “to power a town the size of Aylesbury”).

In principle incinerators are not the solution, and countries like France that rely on incineration are copping out of a lasting and sustainable solution.

However I think that the fact that Xerox is taking measures to reduce the amount that goes into the bins marked “landfill” is significant (from next year these are destined for Colnbrook). They are analysing what is put into these bins and looking for alternative suppliers for things like restaurant cups, etc.  I think the move is a positive step forward under the circumstances.

Posted by bigblue  on  21/03/2007  at  12:32 PM

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