CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW RECYCLES WITH POWERDAY FOR FOURTH YEAR RUNNING

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Powerday increased the recycling at the Chelsea Flower Show for the fourth year running this year.The UK’s leading gardening charity takes recycling seriously at the world’s most famous flower show which attracts over 150,000 visitors during the five days. All waste generated in the build-up and take-down, as well as during the show, is taken to Powerday’s Materials Recycling Facility just a few miles away in Willesden Junction.

Powerday has worked with the RHS providing the recycling and waste management services to the Chelsea Flower Show since 2009. Cardboard and glass are segregated on-site with the remaining waste including wood, soil and food waste separated at the Materials Recycling Facility. What can’t be recycled is processed into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and sent to an Energy-from-Waste plant to generate electricity.

Lynsey Wollaston, Operations Manager at Chelsea Flower Show says: “At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show we strive to achieve a high percentage of recycled waste, with no waste to landfill and the small percentage of remaining waste turned from waste to energy. Powerday’s facilities allow us to segregate all of our waste in the most effective methods offsite and achieve a recycling rate of over 95%. We are working towards improving the show’s environmental position and Powerday continues to work with us to review our recycling data and improve our waste streams, enabling us to move forward.”

Derrick Franklin, Contracts Manager, Powerday says: “Powerday and the RHS work hard to achieve this recycling rate at Chelsea Flower Show and it shows just what is achievable at events like these in the Capital. Not only does it help make the show more sustainable but with annually increasing landfill tax it makes economic sense as well”.