Press Release

31 October 2023

Mitie makes the grade with new waste management contract at the University of Leeds

  • Mitie has been awarded a new contract to deliver waste management services for the University of Leeds
  • Sustainability is a key focus of the contract, with Mitie implementing circular approaches to resources to support the University’s net zero goals
  • The contract builds on Mitie’s sector expertise delivering waste management services for higher education

Mitie has been awarded a new contract with the University of Leeds, one of the UK’s largest universities, to deliver waste management services for two years, with the option of up to two further one-year extensions. This new partnership with Mitie marks the first time that the majority of waste management services across the University will be brought together under one provider, enabling a more unified approach to reducing waste and carbon emissions.

The contract will see Mitie deliver waste management services across the University’s central Leeds campus and its other sites in and around the city, supporting the reduction of waste through enhanced recycling and the re-use of resources. Mitie’s sustainability credentials will play a key role in delivering this contract, with the work contributing to the University’s Climate Plan, which includes the ambition to deliver net zero emissions by 2030, as well as the University’s commitment to reduce single-use plastics. 

This new partnership with the University of Leeds builds on Mitie’s sector expertise delivering waste management services for higher education institutions, with similar contracts at several other Universities across the UK.

Michael Taylor, Managing Director, Mitie Waste, said:

“We’re proud to be bringing our higher education sector expertise to this new partnership with the University of Leeds. We share its commitment to sustainability and look forward to implementing our ‘resource, not waste’ philosophy in reducing food waste, single-use plastics, and enhancing recycling to support the University’s commitment of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.”

Michael Longstaff, Interim Deputy Director, Estates & Facilities, University of Leeds said:

“We consistently review our services to ensure they align with the University’s ambitions and contribute to a positive experience for students and staff. I look forward to exploring ways of working with Mitie.”

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About Mitie

Founded in 1987, Mitie's job is to look after places where Britain works, and it is the leading facilities management company in the UK. We offer a range of services to the public sector through our Central Government & Defence and Communities (Healthcare, Education, Campus & Critical and Care & Custody) divisions. Our Technical Services (Engineering Services, Energy, Water and Real Estate Services) and Business Services (Security, Cleaning, Landscapes, Spain and Waste) divisions serve private sector customers in areas such as Financial & Professional Services, Industrials, Retail and Transport, and increasingly the public sector. 

Mitie employs 64,000 people. We take care of our customers' people and buildings, through the 'Science of Service', and we are transforming facilities to be more flexible, safe, sustainable, and attractive to all. Mitie continues to execute its technology-led strategy and in the past twelve months has received multiple awards and validation for its ambitious near and long-term science-based emissions reduction targets from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Find out more at