Asda chooses Norbert for recycling contract

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Asda has renewed its contract with Norbert Dentressangle for the management of eight Asda Service Centres for a further five years.

The service centres handle returnable transit packaging, card, plastic, food waste and returned goods from more than 400 Asda stores throughout the UK. Returnable transit packaging and waste is collected by Asda’s vehicles and delivered to the service centres on the return leg. Returnable items are then processed for collection and re-used by Asda and its suppliers.

Asda’s distribution director, Ian Stansfield said: “This new five year agreement with Norbert Dentressangle demonstrates our continued ambition to be environmentally sustainable across Distribution and the wider business. NDL have partnered ASDA in our ASC operations since 2002 and have helped us to reduce our operating cost at the same time as supporting our sustainable aspirations.”

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Norbert Dentressangle was originally appointed to manage the network in 2002 and is responsible for all activities within the centres, including equipment washing, packaging waste baling and equipment sortation.

The operation employs around 650 people. It currently handles more than 126 million trays and recycles more than 170,000 tonnes of card and plastic and 30,000 tonnes of food waste each year. Following Asda’s recent integration of 147 Netto stores, it is anticipated that volumes through the service centre network will increase by around five to ten per cent.

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