UK Volume 22 Superbrands UK Vol. 22 Bywaters is a sustainable recycling business, offering innovative total waste management solutions across every sector. Its bespoke sustainability service helps businesses plot a path to zero waste, through in-depth consultancy and innovative onsite solutions Market Family-owned and operated for more than 60 years, Bywaters prides itself on providing the most sustainable total waste management solutions to clients across the UK. Its flagship recycling sorting facility is less than three miles from the City of London, benefiting from a close proximity for the transportation of materials. This ensures that CO 2 emissions are minimised, a key priority for the company. Product Bywaters has been driving sustainable change in the waste management industry since moving from the site of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to its pioneering new facility, in 2006. With a mission to lead the UK toward a circular economy, Bywaters assess every element of its operations to provide its clients with the most sustainable waste management solutions. With a growing fleet of zero emissions vehicles, Bywaters carries out waste and recycling collections throughout London, servicing a vast range of wheeled containers and bespoke machinery. Bywaters ‘Think Customer’ approach ensures that its dedicated account managers work with its clients, to determine the most operationally and environmentally astute waste management offering possible. Supporting Bywaters account management team, the Sustainability Consultancy Service assists organisations in delivering their environmental ambitions. These specialist consultants work with businesses to deliver engaging and important initiatives, centred around moving toward a circular economy. They perform detailed recycling audits, assessing every element of an organisations waste production, identifying opportunities for waste reduction and recycling improvements. The data collected is used to create bespoke training and engagement plans, as well as a detailed circular strategy. Bywaters’ Lea Riverside headquarters is home to London’s largest undercover materials recovery facility (MRF). This state-of-the-art facility is specifically designed to sort dry mixed recyclables using self-derived renewable energy. To ensure the most sustainable service possible, in 2015 Bywaters installed London’s largest solar p.v. retrofit, fixing 4,000 solar panels to its roof. This high-tech array helps the company generate 700MWh of energy every year, saving 360 tons of CO 2 annually. Achievements Bywaters has been working to reduce its carbon emissions, with a clear target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. This goal has been set against four key promises; reduce emissions across its operations, continue increasing use of renewable energy, utilise science-based targets to track performance, and invest in zero emissions technical innovations. Over the five years prior to the pandemic, Bywaters reduced its carbon emissions by 48%, putting the company well on the way to achieving its target. Bywaters’ sustainable approach to waste management sets it apart in a crowded marketplace, a mindset that saw the company awarded a place in 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain, by the London Stock Exchange. This ongoing commitment to provide market leading services has received industry recognition, with Bywaters receiving Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management twice. In 2019, Bywaters received Plastics Recycling Business of the Year following its endless campaigning to protect our oceans. This year, as the UK ground to a halt, Bywaters provided ongoing support to the NHS, a response that was awarded best ‘Waste management initiative in the retail, commercial and public sector’ at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management. Recent Developments Bywaters’ commitment to providing a reliable service, ensures that the company is continuously improving its logistics for operational efficiency. To combat the difficulties caused by the HGV driver shortage, Bywaters launched The Bywaters Academy, a new HGV driver training course, to bridge the skill gap in the UK haulage industry. Free to all participants, Bywaters is funding the full course and test for anyone entering, whilst providing steady employment during the training period. This has opened the opportunity to anyone who might not have felt they had the time to train or could not risk being out of work whilst training. Newly qualified drivers will be running fully electric vehicles, as Bywaters rolls out the first of its new fleet of entirely electric dustcarts in early 2022. Supporting its fleet of electric vans and staff vehicles, this 100% electric RCV is at the cutting- edge of zero-emission waste collection logistics. Charged via Bywaters on-site vehicle charging points, electricity is drawn from the retrofitted rooftop solar PV array. In addition to eliminating emissions, these vehicles are cheaper to maintain and quieter to operate, for an additional reduction in noise pollution on collection visits. Bywaters sorts recyclable material using solar energy from 4,000 solar panels DID YOU KNOW?