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NRAs 2015 Corporate Recycler: Finalists

Ambassador Theatre Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) (above)

Since launching a new recycling service and employee engagement campaign ‘Always Think Green’, ATG has changed the way its staff and customers deal with waste. The group has doubled the recycling rates in its 39 venues across the country in 18 months. The company has delivered its goals in buildings that have little space, and with a large and varied workforce. Working with recycling contractor First Mile, it implemented a simple three-stream recycling system and communication programmes and, in 2014, 74% of all waste was recycled.   

NEC (below)

NEC in Birmingham

The NEC in Birmingham attracts 2.1 million visitors a year to hundreds of events using vast amounts of materials, yet sends zero waste to landfill. The NEC is changing the way the exhibitions sector thinks about recycling, with initiatives to influence exhibitors, organisers and the supply chain. ISO 14001 accreditation has extended to more areas of the NEC.

Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (below)

Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Lincoln’s Inn is a privately owned 11-acre estate in the heart of London dating to the 1400s, operating as the largest of the four remaining Inns of Court. The Inn also operates two large buildings on Chancery Lane. Its waste services are delivered by Camden Council. The Society has extended recycling across the entire estate, and now include plastics and metals. Advertising was sent to all lessees; all staff areas were stripped of desk bins; and office areas were equipped with dual recycling stations. Clear refuse sacks enabled staff to quickly ascertain that the correct refuse arrived in the correct container.

Fresh Olive Company with Veris

By inspiring those at the ‘sharp end’ of the business to do more with less via its creative campaign ‘Ready, Steady, Green’, Fresh Olive has transformed its approach to waste. A colour-coded segregation system from ‘cradle to grave’ was introduced for the recovery of 10 product streams for reuse. Since launch, 90% of by-products have been reprocessed, value streams are reprocessed for second life products, while surplus food stocks are donated. Fresh Olive shares best practice with supply chain partners. 

Bakkavor Foods

Bakkavor is an international manufacturer of fresh prepared foods, with products across 18 categories from 52 operating facilities. The 2012-14 objective was to increase recycling by 50% through greater segregation using a three-bin system. By embracing resource recovery, the company has reduced general waste by 20,000 tonnes a year or 57%. Recycling rates have increased by 67% and food waste segregation has been increased by 19%. Around 16,000 Bakkavor employees in the UK have been involved in these changes, and great communication with them has been paramount to the success of this strategy.

Land Securities (below)

Commercial property company Land Securities works with waste management provider Bywaters to deliver sustainable recycling for its newly opened 37-story building at 20 Fenchurch Street (the ‘walkie talkie’).

Land Securities

Waste material streams include general, dry recycling, food, WEEE, glass, cooking oil, toners, confidential waste and green waste. Bywaters has a dedicated on-site sustainability manager and a recycling operative. The former tracks, records and reports on all waste that is removed from the building, and works alongside the recycling operative to ensure correct waste segregation.

Fibercill

The West Midlands company, which supplies MDF door linings, architraves, skirting and window boards to house builders and DIY merchants, embarked on a programme of waste reduction and recycling. It has generated more than £750,000 in revenue and reduced landfill diversion and waste contractor costs by 85%.  Sawdust is by far the largest waste stream for Fibercill, which now recycles it for sale as animal bedding. For offcut waste, it collaborated with major MDF producers to reduce standard stock sheet lengths used for door linings. This resulted in 100% utilisation of stock sheets and zero waste production. The company also segregates and recycles 100% of plastic banding waste, which is sold to local business Plastic Recycle UK. 

SCC

The company’s waste management and recycling figures for 2013-14 represent year-onyear improvement. Its customers have minimised waste and saved on capital expenditure through on-selling of materials and refurbishing IT. In line with the WEEE Directive, SCC promotes reuse and remarketing over disposal. During the past year, it has remarketed, refurbished and redeployed 103,906 units of redundant technology, creating a revenue stream for customers from ‘end-of-life’ equipment to offset costs of an IT infrastructure refresh and support CSR programmes. 

ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoo

ZSL generates 27 waste streams which, with the combination of animal, visitor and day-to-day operational waste, makes waste management a challenge. Five years ago ZSL knew little about its waste streams, with an estimated 80% going to landfill. By 2014, only 2% of waste was sent to landfill, with a staggering 84% being recycled or composted. Staff and visitor engagement was made a priority, and reuse and recycling were promoted across both zoos. Compactors were installed to handle the largest waste stream – 1,500 tonnes of ‘zoo poo’ from herbivores – which is now turned into high-quality fertiliser.

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