Planet Mark-certified Bywaters won six awards, including top prize, at the International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice 2016.
Bywaters, London’s largest waste management company, won the top award at the the International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice presented in the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster in November. In addition the company won three green champion awards and two gold awards for its pioneering approach to the environment and its role in helping to improve London’s air quality.
The awards cover six important client partnerships across the city to improve recycling rates and materials reuse and the company’s own initiative to drive energy efficiencies by retrofitting the roof of its materials recycling facility with 4000 solar panels to generate power, which merited a Gold award.
Now in their 18th year, the Green Apple awards are a major UK and international environmental recognition scheme. The awards meet the exacting criteria of the Brussels-led European Business Awards for the Environment and several winners have gone on to win European recognition.
The successful client projects to receive Green Apple awards include:
• A Green Champion (Glass Apple) environmental award in partnership with Tube Lines, for ensuring 100% of the waste managed by Tube Lines and Bywaters is now diverted from landfill. The new system not only managed increasing waste volumes from 4740 tonnes to 5931, but improved the recycling rate from 79.6% to 83.1%.
• Two Green Champion (Glass Apple) environmental awards for the company’s work in partnership with the Francis Crick Institute and with BNP Paribas Real Estate for its new waste and recycling system across 20 London properties handling paper, card, plastic, metals, glass and food diverting 100% of its waste produced from its London portfolio from landfill.
- A gold environmental best practice award for achieving 30% higher recycling rates and a zero waste to landfill solution with CBRE at CityPoint. The award was also for eliminating methane production and enabling the economic and environmental value of these secondary resources to be maintained.
“We are delighted our collaborative approach with six of our clients has won three Green Apple and two golden Green Apple Awards. While our goal is to enable our clients to become more sustainable, reduce their carbon footprint, recycle more and become eco-advocates, we couldn’t do this without the vision and passionate support of both our clients and our people in making this happen. We are delighted to play a pivotal role in helping these organisations succeed in meeting their tough environmental goals and be recognised by these awards.”
The company won Silver for a new waste and recycling system for University College London (UCL) designed to maintain recycling rates whilst waste volumes have doubled to over 3200 tonnes, together with the introduction of a Waste Action Reuse Portal (WARPit) allowing UCL departments to access unwanted but useable surplus items free of charge and changes in procurement policy now see UCL using only 100% recycled paper. A further Silver was awarded for Bywaters in partnership with CBRE for 99 Kensington High Street, a system that now diverts all waste from landfill.
In 2015, Bywaters previously won a gold award for environmental best practice for their work with Linklater’s and two bronze awards for their partnership with both City University and QVC. Bywaters has also been shortlisted for the 2016 Clean Air awards and CIWM Best Resource Project by Facilities Management.
This month's awards win comes at the same time as Bywaters has clinched a five year waste collection and recycling contract for the Parliamentary Estate, which covers the Palace of Westminster and an additional 14 sites, including Portcullis House. The deal will run until November 2021 with an additional two year extension option, with the goal of boosting recycling rates and improving sustainability.
Bywaters has been Planet Mark-certified for three years. In its latest reporting period (2015), the company achieved a 31% carbon reduction per employee, compared to the previous reporting period (2014).