Bywater’s starts waste management contract to boost recycling for the Houses of Parliament

Following an open and competitive tender, Bywater’s, London’s largest waste management company, has begun a waste collection and recycling contract for the Parliamentary Estate, with the goal to boost recycling rates and further their sustainability efforts.  

The five year contract, which covers the Palace of Westminster and an additional 14 sites that collectively make up the Parliamentary Estate, including Portcullis House, will run until November 2021 with an additional two year extension option.

Under the contract Bywater’s will be responsible for the collection and disposal of nearly all wastes produced by the Parliamentary Estate as well as consultancy and initiatives to drive continuous improvements in recycling rates.

The contract includes all equipment and materials necessary to facilitate the Parliamentary recycling and recovery regime, including the supply and maintenance of on-site bespoke waste compactors, and colour coded waste recycling bins to improve recycling rates amongst employees and cleaning staff.

Materials for recycling will be handled at Bywater’s’ modern Recycling and Recovery Centre in Bow, London’s largest undercover materials recovery facility (MRF), which is capable of processing up to 125,000 tonnes of material per year.

Bywater’s takes a partnership approach to all its waste management contracts and will be working side by side with key Parliamentary Estate management personnel to provide advice and support with a focus on continuous improvement throughout the contract. This will include training for cleaning staff and a communications campaign to staff and MPs to ensure that the Parliamentary recycling campaign is successful.

Commenting on the new contract, John Glover, managing director of Bywater’s, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract as the Houses of Parliament’s preferred resource management partner. Our bespoke approach working in partnership with the Parliamentary Estate, together with a dedicated contract manager and three waste operatives based permanently on site, will ensure smooth running for the contract as we work towards improving our recycling rates. Our goal is to meet and exceed expectations.”

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