Managing our waste effectively in a tangible, impactful way is our way of demonstrating our environmental commitments to our people. Our focus remains on both minimizing the waste we generate and increasing recycling and reuse. We also embrace circular economy thinking, looking for opportunities to maintain products and materials in a cyclical use phase wherever possible.
We have reduced the total amount of waste we generate by 17% since 2015, a positive outcome given our workforce increased by 15% over the same period. In addition, we increased recycling rates, with a 30% reduction in waste sent to landfill.
We have achieved:
Across the business, we are tackling the problem of waste
- Swapping disposable cups with reusable ones or choosing furniture and carpets which are built for long-term durability
- Partnering with charities and universities to reuse stationery, furniture and technical equipment
- Working with regional specialists to ensure our IT equipment is reconditioned and reused wherever it can be, or otherwise disposed of sustainably and securely. For example, in France our partnership with Nodixia means employees are able to recondition both personal and company-issued electronic devices. Nodixia processed 8,100 electronic items in 2018, with 75% of the devices reconditioned for reuse and 25% broken down into components and recycled.
- Working with our facilities and procurement teams to phase out the use of single-use plastics from our operations. Significant progress has been made on removing and replacing key plastic items including plastic cups, bottles, straws, stirrers, plates and cutlery from our offices.
Closing the loop on food waste in our flagship university
At the campus of our Serge Kampf Les Fontaines University in France, we serve approximately 150,000 meals a year leading to around 60 tonnes of food waste. In addition to reducing the amount of food waste we generate, we have taken steps to close the loop on our food waste stream through installing a food waste dehydrator that transforms every 100 kilograms of waste into 10 kilograms of fertilizer. We use this fertilizer in our 52 hectare park and woodland, with our food waste becoming an important input to the life cycle.