Waste management company, Biffa, has announced a strategic partnership with GB Railfreight (GBRf) to extend its rail hub network for transporting inactive waste.
Biffa recently opened a transfer station in Manchester and will use the partnership to initially focus on connecting Manchester and Leeds with Biffa’s landfill facility in Roxby.
When this system becomes operational, Biffa expects that these two rail links will be able to transport around 250,000 tonnes of inactive waste each year, equivalent to 16,000 truck journeys.
The creation a rail hub network is part of Biffa’s strategy to develop its infrastructure and innovate its customer service, including continued investment in recycling and other waste technologies.
With fewer landfill sites in operation, waste is now travelling significant distances to be disposed, and some rail transportation provides a viable solution to facilitating this distance, allowing Biffa to better leverage its landfill system.
Biffa managing director of resource recovery and treatment division Mick Davis said: “The partnership with GBRf marks another step forward in our strategy to develop our waste management infrastructure and innovate our customer offering. By increasing the mobility of inactive waste, rail transportation will enhance our service offerings from our existing landfill network while also providing significant environmental benefits compared to road transportation.”