Short description

Sodexo is the global leader in Quality of Life services, working in 80 countries and employing 420,000 people worldwide, making us the 18th largest employer in the world. In the UK and Ireland, we provide waste management services at over 350 sites including hospitals, schools, barracks, pharmaceutical companies and corporate offices.
We design, manage and deliver waste management solutions that reflect the increasing importance placed on waste efficiency and corporate responsibility

As part of our worldwide sustainability roadmap; the Better Tomorrow Plan, we are committed to reducing organic and non-organic waste in all countries where we operate and support initiatives to recover waste. Our solutions help clients improve their economic performance, mitigate risk, engage stakeholders and improve sustainability.

Key strengths of our waste management offer include:

• We have a presence on site which ensures waste management is embedded properly and is continuously improved
• There are significant interdependencies with other services we provide, particularly cleaning and catering, so where we manage a number of services, we can really drive operational efficiencies
• Waste management can be included as part of an integrated facilities management contract, as well as introducing it as a new service to our existing clients


Our waste management offer is based on three pillars – compliance, sustainability and evolution. Through our subject matter experts, we provide advice and assistance on all matters relating to waste management, as well as creating the tools and processes required for a successful waste management service.

Our bespoke solutions incorporate the management, site logistics, storage, collection, and treatment and/or disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams.

We work with the best waste partners to meet our clients’ needs. They are heavily vetted and share our drive to deliver excellent standards of performance. They operate both locally and nationally, allowing us to deliver a cost-effective service.

Our strategy within the UK and Ireland is underpinned by the ‘waste hierarchy’, which is not only a legal requirement but also a tool for sustainable waste management. This is augmented by a progressive approach looking at future technology, systems and solutions. The Better Tomorrow Plan shapes our worldwide waste strategies, through our  environmental commitments relating to waste management.

In 2012, we achieved our environmental improvement programme objective of introducing standardised waste management practices. Our Waste Policy and Procedures Manual – launched in 2012 – helps employees understand how to manage waste across our sites in a legally compliant and responsible way. It is supported by a waste management development programme, part of which has already been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM). We aim to have the whole programme accredited by the CIWM in the coming year.

Sodexo is a founding signatory of the UK Hospitality and Food Service voluntary agreement, launched by WRAP (the Waste Resource Action Programme) in 2012 on behalf of the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The agreement aims to cut food and packaging waste by 5% – or approximately 100 million meals – by 2015 and increase the rate of food and packaging waste recycled, sent to anaerobic digestion or composted to 70%.
Over the last year, we have worked closely with WRAP to develop and agree on a methodology to capture known food waste data and estimate food wastage where data is not available. This has helped us with our own measurements, and will ensure we can measure and report in a consistent way over the coming years. We have agreed, and started to implement, an action plan with WRAP to reduce food waste across our business.

Sodexo has won numerous waste management awards including:
• Sustainable Facilities Management Performance of the Year 2012
• Green Apple Award for Environmental Excellence 2012
• Waste Management and Reduction Award at the Carbon Footprint Awards 2013

Telephone: +44 (0) 845 603 1128


Address 1: One Southampton Row London, UK WC1B 5HA
Address 2: 310 Broadway Salford, UK M50 2UE
Address 3: 3200 Century Way, Thorpe Park Leeds, UK LS15 8ZB

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