Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is a pioneering arts complex for everyone, with a mission to make art an important part of people’s lives. MAC opened its doors in 1962 and now boasts three indoor theatre spaces, one outdoor theatre space, a cinema, café, galleries and a highly comprehensive course programme (pottery, yoga, jewellery making, painting, dance and more). Being open to public 364 days 9am until 10pm, except Christmas Day, MAC welcomes over one million visitors per year and has 200 staff on its books. All of whom carry a likelihood of leaving behind some waste.
The previous waste strategy involved numerous containers for many different waste streams including Dry Mixed Recycling, which was not being used properly, resulting in contaminated recyclate which could then not be recycled.
After a comprehensive tender process, Carbon Neutral B&M Waste Services partnered with MAC to alter the waste strategy to separate just cardboard and food waste, as they utilise Refuse Derived Fuel technology to generate green energy from non-recyclable waste as opposed to sending it to landfill.
Both waste areas – a main area in the rear yard and secondary bin store near to the kitchens – were kitted out with clearly labelled containers. Food caddies were provided to transport kitchen waste into the external food waste bin.
Extracting food waste from the general waste results in a lighter weight for the general waste bins, which off-sets the cost for introducing a food waste collection. Food waste is taken to an Anaerobic Digestion Facility which produces Biogas to generate electricty and heat.
Cardboard is stored separately and is 100% recycled into new cardboard.
“The Royal Shakespeare Company had moved to using B&M Waste last year and they came highly recommended so when it came to our tender I invited them to submit a proposal. They were cheaper with the bonus of being Carbon Neutral and diverting all waste from landfill. Due to restricted funding ,we need to consider outsourced services which are cheaper, and it’s a bonus that the service they provide is also greener. The move across to B&M Waste went very smoothly, and on ‘Bin Delivery Day’ we moved. The bins arrived without any issue and there have been no service issues since.
The Environmental report is very useful. All National Portfolio Organisations are funded by Arts Council England and we have to submit an environmental report each year. So having the report already for us to use has been extremely useful as it demonstrates our recycling levels and diversion of 100% of waste from landfill. It also shows Carbon impact saved through using B&M Waste’s Carbon Neutral waste services in terms of trees and car miles equivalent.