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01/04/2008

Mitchells & Butlers take on recycling challenge

Mitchells & Butlers has risen to the challenge of recycling, with over three quarters of its pubs taking part in recycling initiatives.

As part of the Company's commitment to minimising its environmental impact, it has developed an effective waste management programme, with its pubs and pub restaurants recycling waste on a weekly basis.

Over 1,700 Mitchells & Butlers pubs and pub restaurants recycle general waste and card; and around 1,200 businesses also recycle glass. 

The initiative is supported and co-ordinated by Biffa, which provides a network of vehicles operating a dedicated service for the collection of general waste, glass and card across the Mitchells & Butlers estate. Over the next few months, Mitchells & Butlers intends to continue to increase the number of its businesses taking part as Biffa's national recycling distribution infrastructure expands.

In addition, managed by Agri-Energy, all Mitchells & Butlers businesses have waste cooking oil collected and recycled. The waste oil is converted into bio-diesel or renewable energy, and this initiative plays an important role in the Company's aim to cut carbon emissions. Agri-Energy collects over 1,800 tonnes of used cooking oil from Mitchells & Butlers pubs which, when converted into bio-diesel, reduces UK CO2 emissions by around 6,000 tonnes p.a.

The Company is also intending to trial the collection of food waste from its pubs and is currently reviewing the feasibility of setting up a service, looking at how collections could work across its estate.

David James, Senior Purchasing Manager, comments: "Over the last twelve months we have worked hard to progress our recycling programme and improve our waste management.   As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment we will continue to look at new ways to reduce waste and trial new recycling initiatives."

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