We aim to avoid the generation of waste and, where produced, to manage it effectively and responsibly through reuse and recycling activities.
What does this mean?
In our strategic direction statement we set the challenging aspiration of zero waste to landfill by 2020 where practicable. How are we going to try and move in the right direction? We believe we need to:
- make reduction, reuse and recycling of excess materials a central part of the design, construction and operation of our assets
- work with other businesses and organisations to build the market for recyclable and reclaimed materials
- link to our work on sustainable procurement, such as extending take-back schemes.
Where are we now?
Our business operations generate various forms of waste, especially within our new development activities. The largest amounts of waste we produce are soil and stone from construction projects and grit screenings which are a by-product from the sewage treatment process. See the “reducing waste” page for further information.
We are currently diverting around 90% of our total waste from landfill, including waste produced by key contractors working on our construction projects. We have:
- a waste management and recycling forum attended by site staff and senior managers to identify waste management opportunities within the business
- agreed company targets on waste reduction and recycling
- recycling requirements built into waste management contracts
- hub site locations for specific wastes to improve the management, separation and recycling of key wastes
- on-going reviews into our waste management practice, looking at new ways to avoid generating waste, or to reuse and recycle it along with providing internal training for our staff.