DHL Envirosolutions makes millions for UK businesses from recycled waste

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DHL Envirosolutions, the global logistics leader’s waste, recycling and environmental compliance product suite, is reported to be generating millions of pounds of additional revenue for UK businesses through innovative, waste management and recycling practices, all integrated into the supply chain. Recycle and re-use programmes, as well as new technologies such as mini-balers and biomass-fuelled machines, are tailored to each customer’s needs.

During 2013, DHL Envirosolutions converted waste from UK businesses into £12m of revenue for its customers and, by diverting 138,000 tonnes of material from landfill, reduced its customers’ environmental taxes while creating new revenue streams.

With businesses coming under increasing pressure from government, stakeholders and consumers to reduce their environmental impact, smarter waste management makes both economic and environmental sense.

“Many businesses still regard recycling as just a compliance issue, but it’s entirely possible to turn it into a revenue stream as well,” said Simon Potter, business director, DHL Envirosolutions. “By integrating new technologies into the supply chain, not only are we helping UK businesses meet the latest legislation – as well as their CSR objectives – but we’re generating additional revenue for them in the process.”

Approximately 50% of waste managed on behalf of customers is electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), which can generate significant financial opportunities if managed effectively. Other waste materials turned into revenue include cardboard, textiles and plastics, while food waste is converted into fuel to power vehicles, generate electricity and provide heating.