Virgin Media O2 removes tonnes of single-use plastic

Virgin Media O2 has removed 65 tonnes of single-use plastic from its operations and products since 2021 as part of its goal to achieve zero waste operations and products by the end of 2025.

In partnership with Technetix, Virgin Media O2 has removed almost 18 tonnes of single-use plastic from the equipment used by engineers, including cables, batteries, splitters, and wall outlets.

This includes removing plastic bags, foam, or blister packs from packaging sent with parts, and plastic straps from shipping cartons, and replacing plastic ties with paper ties on cables.

Working with GXO, the company has cut around 48 tonnes of single-use plastic, a reduction of 94%, from packaging containing products sent to cable customers such as set-top boxes and routers.

The pair have also reduced the amount of single-use plastic used in delivery of TV and broadband products between distribution centres, and created plastic-free packaging for customers to return unwanted kit, with the latter preventing around 22 tonnes of single-use plastic each year.  

Dana Haidan, Chief Sustainability Officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “Through a commitment to minimising our impact on the planet we’re always looking at where we can remove waste and single-use plastic from our operations and products, and use materials which can be easily recycled.”

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