On Thursday 3rd October we will be combining our biannual waste special interest group with a site tour of the fantastic WWF Living Planet Centre, which is not only an exemplar of low-carbon office design but was largely built using recycled materials. Our waste special interest groups meet to discuss a range of topics on effective waste management - including contracts, staff engagement, materials & recycling, and supply chains. Members will be given the opportunity to have an open discussion on waste topics with other members within our network along with a tour of the Living Planet Centre.
Our wonderful host… WWF Living Planet Centre couldn’t be a more perfect space to host our meeting. WWF have committed to remove all avoidable single-use plastic by 2020 in their products, operations and supply chain. They are working internally with staff and externally with suppliers to raise awareness of what single-use plastics are and their impact on the planet, as well as finding alternative products to allow them to remove it from their operations. And that’s not all…
- Their food waste from the building is sent to an anaerobic digester which produces biogas to generate electricity and residual waste to be used as fertiliser.
- Their goal is not to send any waste to landfill. Their current recycling rate is over 75% and anything that can’t be recycled or composted is sent for incineration/energy generation.
10:00: Arrival (tea, coffee and networking) and welcome
10:30: Welcome from Fit for the Future and WWF
10:40: Martin Gettings, Group Head of Sustainability at Canary Wharf Group plc
11:20: Q&A and open discussion
13:00: Lauren Wiseman, Environmental Manager at WWF
13:30: Q&A and interactive session
14:15: Site tour of WWF Living Planet Centre
15:00: Open discussion, steps going forward
We are delighted to confirm that Martin Gettings, Group Head of Sustainability at Canary Wharf Group plc will be joining us on 3rd October to give insight into the Canary Wharf Group’s (CWG) Breaking the Plastic Habit programme.
In February of this year CWG won edie’s Waste Management & Resource Efficiency Award and more recently, has been granted Plastic Free Community status by marine charity Surfers Against Sewage, making it the first commercial estate to achieve the accreditation.
“This is not about removing all plastic on the Estate, but targeting specific, avoidable single-use plastic items and influencing a positive behavioural change amongst Canary Wharf stakeholders, encouraging them to rethink their own usage, and break the habit by incrementally and collectively moving away from throwaway plastics. Canary Wharf is the first district in London to achieve this sought-after status”– Canary Wharf Group
Through their waste management initiatives CWG have seen 21,689 water bottles recycled, 164,362 water bottles refilled, and 4,768,713 coffee cups recycled.