Waste and recycling group Biffa has confirmed in its first sustainability report that it is running ahead of its targets to invest in green infrastructure.
The update coincides with the publication of its first UK sustainability report following the launch of its ‘Resourceful, Responsible’ strategy in March 2020.
Biffa has accelerated its investment plans over the past year, focusing on key areas – Reduce, Recycle, Recover, and Collect – aligned to the waste hierarchy.
The report shows that the company has also made progress in its goals in spite of challenges posed by the pandemic. As part of its investment plan, the group has doubled its plastics recycling capacity this year to more than 120,000 tonnes at its facilities in the North East as well as reaching an industry-leading position in waste reduction through the acquisition of Company Shop Group and other further acquisitions to extend its low-carbon collections service.
Biffa has also made progress on its pledge to cut emissions, outlining a roadmap to reach net-zero no later than 2050. Since 2002, Biffa has made a 70 per cent cut in its CO2 emissions and aims to make another 50 per cent reduction by 2030.
Michael Topham, CEO of Biffa, said: “Biffa has a defining and important role to play in delivering more sustainable solutions to help combat the UK’s waste challenge. I’m proud of this progress, but we cannot be complacent and remain fully focused on strengthening our commitment to delivering more circular solutions for our customers and wider society.”