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Whitbread's Sustainability Report 2016/17

Waste

Managing what we produce and what we use that becomes waste is important to our customers, our teams and the environment, and we are committed to minimising waste and recycling wherever possible.   What’s more, there is a commercial benefit as it means we can also reduce operational costs from annual rises in landfill tax and transportation.

 

OUR 2020 TARGET

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To improve direct operations recycling rate to 80%

At the end of 2016/17, we were diverting 98.8% of our sites’ operational waste from landfill and our head office and Roastery sites were diverting 100% of waste produced from landfill.
 

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We invest £5 million every year, managing our waste better through segregated waste streams and recycling

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Working with our partner, Veolia Environmental Services, we have a four stream waste collection service in our hotels and restaurants.   Using colour coded bins, our teams segregate all waste into four areas - mixed recycling, food waste, glass and general waste   

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Food waste segregated from our restaurants is diverted from landfill and sent for either anaerobic digestion or composting 

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When Costa introduced a new uniform we recycled all of the old uniforms into materials such as industrial cloths and car door insulation, thus avoided sending tonnes of uniform to landfill

The UK generates over 100 million tonnes of waste each year – that’s enough rubbish to fill the Royal Albert Hall every two hours.
(Source: Global Action Plan)