August 23, 2008

NEC’s Pounds 300,000 Recycling

By Emma McKinney

BIRMINGHAM's top exhibition venue is to plough hundreds of thousands of pounds into a new recycling to protect the environment.

Bosses at the National Exhibition Centre have given the green light to spend pounds 300,000 to transform an old catering unit into a plant which will recycle tonnes of the centre's waste every year.

They said it was one of the many steps the business was taking in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint.

"This year we have set a target to recycle 50 per cent of all exhibition waste, which is part of our commitment to being a responsible and sustainable business," said Kathryn James, managing director at the centre near Birmingham International Airport.

"As Europe's busiest exhibition centre, we believe we have a responsibility to our customers, our visitors, our people, our communities and our region to be environmentally conscious.

"One of our key objectives is to reduce our environmental impact and carbon footprint."

She said the firm, which recycled 15 per cent of its waste last year, is also considering creating an environmentally- friendly electricity plant on the site that would produce enough electricity to run the NEC.

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