Reducing our waste
Most of BT's general waste doesn't go directly to landfill. It's sent to either materials recovery facility depots or waste transfer stations where off-site segregation is carried out.
In 2008 Openreach signed up to the Waste and Resources Action Programme(WRAP - http://wrap.org.uk/) which supports us in our aims to reduce both waste sent to landfill and our CO2 emissions.
As a result of a new general waste contract in 2010, our performance in this has improved significantly and we have introduced more environmentally efficient disposal channels.
We've made significant headway in this area, and in 2011/12:
- 82% of BT Group's waste, which amounts to 36,969 tonnes and of which we generate a large portion, was recycled.
- We helped to reduce the BT Group's waste to landfill by 16% against our target of 20%.
- Our engineers put 67,426 poles into the network, and for the first time ever, the earth and rubble generated from the excavation works was re-used. Previously this went to landfill.
- As part of our in-building waste minimisation programmes, we reduced our office waste by 2,607 tonnes, an overall achievement of 13%.
You can read more about this here and if you would like to know more about our sustainability work, please contact Ian Hill or read our Better Future report