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Manheim eco-friendly system saves eight million litres of water – and counting

A water recirculation system installed at Manheim’s Gloucester, Colchester and Leeds centres has now saved eight million litres of water – enough to fill three Olympic swimming pools – according to parent firm, Cox Automotive.

First deployed at the Colchester site in 2017, the environmentally-friendly system collects the water used to wash cars and vans, and puts it through an effective filtration process so it can be used again. The process filters all traces of solid matter and harmful chemicals, ready to wash another vehicle.

The initiative has been led by the ‘Cox Conserves’ programme. The brainchild of Cox Enterprises, Cox Automotive’s parent company, the scheme has been running for 10 years now and has delivered extraordinary results on carbon emissions, waste to landfill and water usage.

Martin Forbes, CEO of Cox Automotive, said: “I think we all agree that supporting positive environmental change is extremely important, and this initiative is a really innovative way to conserve water.

“The achievements of the Cox Conserves programme in the USA are a real inspiration, and I’m delighted that we’ve already saved eight million litres of water here in the UK.

“We want to build on the great start we’ve made, and as we continue to invest in our facilities, we’ll look at introducing environmentally sustainable initiatives like this wherever possible.”

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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