The Asda Procurement Supplier Awards night was held at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and beating off stiff competition from suppliers across the country, Veolia walked away with both ‘Biggest contributor to Asda’s sustainability agenda’ and ‘Best overall supplier’ awards.
A panel of Asda judges voted Veolia one of the big winners of the night for the following reasons:
- helping the retail giant to deliver its aspiration of zero waste to landfill by the end of 2010;
- recycling over 135,000 tonnes of cardboard generated by Asda stores and depots across the UK;
- saving Asda £800,000 per year in landfill tax;
- using a combination of landfill diversion technologies, including material recycling and energy recovery facilities to process the retailers’ non recyclable waste;
- implementing Asda colleague recycling, allowing store and depot colleagues to recycle plastic bottles, cans and office paper; and
- helping Asda achieve a target of 100% food waste diversion.
Asda hold the Procurement Supplier Awards every year as a means of recognising and rewarding excellence across its Goods Not For Resale supplier base which include suppliers from the construction, water, waste, and utilities industry.
Veolia has been working in partnership with Asda for more than 10 years. The partnership between the two organisations has seen Veolia representatives seconded to Asda to act as waste and recycling advisors as well as to help develop and deliver their waste minimisation programme, which aims to improve efficiencies and minimise exposure to increasing landfill tax costs.
Julian Walker-Palin, Head of Corporate Policy for Sustainability at Asda said: “Our partnership with Veolia has helped us to manage the environmental impact of our business operations through reducing our waste, and increasing recycling. We recognise Veolia as leaders in their industry and this is an opportunity for Asda to say thank you and to acknowledge Veolia as being an excellent supplier.”
Tom Spaul, Chief Operating Officer at Veolia Environmental Services said: “I am really delighted that our work to help Asda achieve zero waste to landfill has been recognised with these awards. We have a strong relationship with Asda which has helped us to fully maximise the expertise and experience across both our organisations to ensure that as much waste as possible is diverted from landfill and turned into a resource for the future.”