Press Release

25 October 2023

Mitie sails into new contract with the Port of Dover

  • Mitie has secured a new three-year contract with Dover Harbour Board to deliver waste management services for the Port of Dover  
  • The contract will see Mitie support the Dover Harbour Board in its aim to minimise waste and maintain zero waste to landfill with a range of circular economy initiatives, including re-use projects for redundant furniture and eliminating single-use plastics 
  • Dover Harbour Board will also collect detailed carbon and waste data across its entire site, through Mitie’s best-in-class waste data reporting system 

Mitie has secured a new contract with Dover Harbour Board to provide waste management at the Port of Dover, including the seafront, Cruise Terminals and Dover Cargo Terminal. The contract is for three years, with the option to extend for two additional years. 

The contract will see Mitie support Dover Harbour Board with its aim to achieve net zero carbon across all its operations. Mitie will work to minimise waste over the 95-hectare site, which was visited by over six million passengers last year, delivering sustainability-focused waste management through a range of circular economy focused initiatives. 

New initiatives include increasing the port’s capacity for recycling, working with port vendors to replace use of single-use plastics with more sustainable products, and donating or selling redundant furniture, with the profits going to social enterprises. Working in partnership with regional suppliers, Mitie will also offer solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain zero waste to landfill, such as sending green waste for composting and food waste for anaerobic digestion.  

Mitie will bring its best-in-class waste data reporting tool. For the first time, the Dover Harbour Board will have detailed carbon data across its whole estate incorporated into its current waste cycle reporting, to get further insight into where waste could be eliminated. Mitie will also introduce on-site container storage so that waste can be stored and compacted meaning more waste can be carried by vehicles, therefore reducing the carbon emissions associated with waste removal. 

Michael Taylor, Managing Director, Waste and Environmental Services, Mitie, said: 

“We have a track record of delivering sustainability focused waste management to ports around the UK, led by our ‘resource, not waste’ philosophy. With our strong network of local suppliers in Dover, we look forward to supporting the UK’s busiest international ferry port in achieving its carbon reduction targets.” 

Vicki Beatty, Head of Safety, Quality and Environment at the Port of Dover, said: 

“Sustainability is integral to everything we do at the Port of Dover. Alongside our ambitious net zero targets, we have committed to several continuous improvement targets to ensure zero environmental harm from our operations and maintaining zero waste to landfill. We look forward to partnering with Mitie to minimise waste, emissions from transport of waste and eliminate single-use plastics across the Port site.” 

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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