Express delivery firm TNT bags waste award

Shipping and parcel delivery firm TNT Express has bagged a Carbon Trust Waste Standard for taking reducing the amount of waste it produces. Across both divisions – TNT Express and […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Shipping and parcel delivery firm TNT Express has bagged a Carbon Trust Waste Standard for taking reducing the amount of waste it produces.

Across both divisions – TNT Express and TNT Business Solutions – the company has improved its waste management throughout 2012 and 2013.

The two arms of the business – TNT Express and TNT Business Solutions – slashed the amount of waste they send to landfill by more than 3,200 tonnes between 2011 and 2013.

Over the same period the company boosted the waste it sent for recycling by more than 2,000 tonnes.

TNT put it down to “conscious efforts” of employees correctly disposing rubbish which upped the amount it could recycle.

The company brought in measures such as labelled recycling bins for aluminium, cardboard, paper and some plastics, also renewing its contract with Biffa recycling.

Mixed recycling bins at TNT's offices. Image: TNT
Mixed recycling bins at TNT’s offices. Image: TNT

Alistair Cochrane, Managing Director of TNT Express Services UK & Ireland said the award reflects a “company-wide determination to reduce our environmental impact”.

Michael Gifford, Associate Director at the Carbon Trust added: “Through achieving independent certification that the company is dealing with its waste outputs more effectively year-on-year, the company is setting an example to both its customers and the logistics sector more broadly.”

The delivery firm said it has also lowered its carbon emissions by more than 8,000 tonnes a year both on the road and around its 70 depots and offices, by bringing in electric vehicles, using double-deck trailers with 40% more space, fuel-saving driver education and policies to encourage switching off lights.