Norbert Dentressangle has begun operating a new asset handling and recycling centre in Bristol on behalf of Asda.

The 110,000ft² purpose-built centre opened in February in support of Asda’s new Bristol DC, where the supermarket has opened a new LNG filling station,

The recycling centre is said to be the most energy-efficient site in the Asda’s regional service centre network and is predicted to yield a 20% saving in CO2 emissions, compared to other sites.

The Bristol recycling centre, which includes an automated food waste processing chamber and automated roll cage tipping system, replaces a smaller tray wash operation. It provides a range of services for managing returnable transit packaging, as well as processing and recycling card, plastic and food waste from Asda stores in the South West.

Handling the waste from these stores in a single facility should take more than 200,000 miles off the road each year, said ND, delivering a further saving of around 328 tonnes of CO2 each year.

All the staff from the former tray wash operation have moved  to the new facility and a further 40 jobs have been created there, added the firm.