The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and are established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. Competition is tough, with more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice.
In ceremony at The Houses of Parliament, Mitie’s waste management business picked up a gold, two silver and two bronze awards highlighting its expertise as well as the commitment of its people to go beyond client specification and deliver excellence to set a new bar for best practice.
GOLD: Working with JLL at its Maggs House site, the team changed the number of bins to make the depositing of waste by tenants easier, whilst educating them around recycling, segregation and the wider waste management process.
SILVER: Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons wanted to ensure it was leading the way in waste management, diverting as much as possible from landfill and exploring ways waste could be given a new purpose, from food waste to candles or soap. Mitie’s team set up a learning and development programme encouraging a change of behaviours so that as much waste as possible could be segregated as it was disposed of. A year on, and the boutique hotel and restaurant no longer sends any waste to landfill.
SILVER: The team installed an anaerobic food digester at Network Rail’s head office in Milton Keynes to deal with the 120 tonnes of food waste every year. Food scrapings are now broken down into valuable biomass in about 12 hours and waste disposal has decreased to 24 tonnes per year: a reduction of 80%.
BRONZE: At Parkdean Resorts, the overall recycling rate was just 9%. Mitie set about introducing and increasing recycling services on sites, educating staff and producing bespoke recycling signs across Parkdean’s 72 holiday parks. In the first eight months, the volume of recycling has increased each month with the largest site in South Wales achieving a recycling rate over 60% with further initiatives also being introduced.
BRONZE: At Four Seasons Shopping Centre in Mansfield, JLL wanted retailers to take responsibility for their waste, but again, education was key as well as offering better facilities. Mitie’s team worked with both the client and the retailers to increase the recycling rate by 17.3% which also saved of over £5,000.
Commenting, Michael Taylor, managing director, Mitie Waste Management, said:
“It’s superb for our work to be recognised like this as these awards are a real benchmark for environment best practice and we are honoured to represent the UK at the Green World Awards 2019. Recycling and sustainability is all about common sense, not rocket science. Simply by helping our clients educate their end users, we can all contribute to a greener planet.”