MITIE has been awarded the prestigious Gold standard at the Green Apple Environmental Best Practice Awards which celebrated their unique waste outsourcing partnership with three major organisations: IKEA, Network Rail and Santander.
The partnerships succeeded in reducing their waste environmental impact and mitigated the costs of the process by taking them on a zero waste journey.
MITIE’s partnership with Santander won gold for a plan which aims to achieve 100% landfill diversion by 2013 by focusing on the waste hierarchy and the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. The partnerships with IKEA and Network Rail were awarded silver.
David De Sa (MSc, MBIFM, MBICSc), Soft Services Manager for Santander Global Facilities said: “Santander and MITIE have worked extremely hard over the past 18 months to achieve this fantastic accolade.
“This is testament to all the innovative ways of working that we have implemented and the hard work and effort by all parties and their dedicated teams to ensure that we continue to achieve and maintain such a high level of recycling/landfill diversion methods and percentile across the head office portfolio within Santander UK.”
The zero waste journey was deemed utopian as recently as two years ago, but with a widely accepted target of 90% diversion from landfill and incinerators, more and more organisations are now setting zero waste as a CSR aim.
Not only does this help organisations to achieve their CSR goals but it also saves them money, by diverting useful materials from landfill, and saving on the landfill tax or the high incineration costs.
Mike Taylor, Managing Director for MITIE’s waste business said: “There’s no better saying in waste than ‘less is more’. These awards are demonstrating that IKEA, Network Rail and Santander have understood what this means by choosing MITIE as their zero waste partner. We are delighted to be working with all three companies to ensure they successfully achieved best practice in the design and implementation of their ambitious waste strategies”.