HIGHLY COMMENDED: Sodexo
WasteLESS Week, held each year, is Sodexo’s global initiative to demonstrate efficient operating practices to improve quality of life. It is about creating awareness among its employees, clients and customers that everyone has a part to play in waste prevention and better distribution of resources. The tools and resources that drive WasteLESS Week include a four-week communication campaign before the event, a dedicated page on its intranet packed with quizzes, prevention tips, engagement presentations, posters and stickers. Employees embraced the challenge to show that WasteLESS practices can be adopted in any industry.
DS Smith (below)
DS Smith’s Kemsley paper mill production capacity is 800,000 tonnes a year and a significant amount of waste arises. In keeping with the company’s zero waste philosophy and desire to keep 100% of materials in use for as long as possible, it partnered with Countrystyle and FGS to set up a reject processing centre to deal with ragger and light rejects, previously regarded as unrecyclable. In the first six months the project delivered more than £500,000 of benefit with nothing going to landfill. Material is being reused, recycled and used to provide steam for the paper-making process.
Zoological Society of London: ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoo
With more than 1.5 million visitors to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoo each year, 300 staff and 20,000 animals to look after, the zoos generate 27 different waste streams every day. ZSL recognises the importance of eliminating waste, and has examined every area of operation to see how it can be reduced or reused. This includes: reducing packaging waste from retail and catering; encouraging staff to advertise spare items for reuse; working with contractors to ensure that waste produced during new builds or renovations is limited or reused; and educating staff and visitors to highlight the benefits of reuse.
West London Waste Authority (below)
The WLWA is tackling waste head-on, engaging residents using a variety of initiatives to bring waste prevention into homes as part of everyday routines. Partnering with councils, national initiatives and specialist organisations, its projects have been adopted by other places. As the WLWA is transparent and open about results, lessons can be learned and shared. Initiatives include Let’s Get Cooking clubs, the Wastebuster Universe, bins taking a Rubbish Diet and the saving of £8 for every £1 investment on ‘Love Food Hate Waste’.
Green Element, working on behalf of Arena Group with Ryder Cup (Golf Environment) at this year’s event, aimed for zero waste to landfill to minimise the event’s environmental impact. Co-ordinating the phased dissemination of materials on-site were members from Morrison Construction and the European Tour. During the collection period, up-to-date information on quantities and collection details was provided. Also recorded was the total amount of material reused, with stakeholders updated on the progress. This meant that many charities had access to materials to refloor their halls, use astro turf to change their outside areas and reuse vinyl.
With a sudden change in waste law in 2007 preventing farmers from burying or burning their plastic waste, they were left with no alternative but to use landfill facilities. Allerton Recycling was established in response to offer a greener solution: a facility which could recycle farm waste plastics. But there were challenges with recycling pesticide containers, often preventing their recycling completely.
Through campaigns and collaboration, a small group of people at a farm recycling facility in Leicestershire kick-started the European-wide changes, resulting in reduced carbon emissions, product that was easier and safer to use and significantly less farm waste reaching landfill.
SOS KIT AID (below)
SOS Kit Aid is an award-winning recycling project that has been running for 13 years, preventing rugby kit from being thrown away and going instead to disadvantaged youngsters. The kit is donated free of charge; for every £1 of funding, SOS produces a minimum £5 worth of benefit. Half of the kit it is given is brand new. Every delivery is documented and kit sent to poorer countries has a much better chance of arriving than money. The scheme is a blueprint that could be used in other countries and in other product areas.
RMF Installation & Services (below)
RMF bring sensible procurement to interior fit-out utilising its Eco range of recycled raised floor products. On a recent project during a 94-week refurbishment of the University of Brighton, the architect specified a new flooring system which was to be left bare (no carpet covering) to give an ‘industrial’ look. RMF suggested its recycled option, and saved 30,000 panels from going to landfill. As the scheme was over-budget, it saved £150,000. The panels that were reclaimed from Jaguar’s Coventry office refurbishment are now starting a new life in Brighton.