Waste is one of our biggest collective challenges. Tackling it is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting land and water and improving livelihoods. We believe that less waste means more quality of life and this is why reducing waste is one of our key Better Tomorrow 2025 commitments.
This year’s Best WasteLESS Site winner is the Scottish Government - St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh, for their innovative approach to reducing the use of plastic milk cartons and takeaway cups in their restaurant and coffee bar area. The team used collaborative approach across the site from the onset, engaging their employees and creating a long-lasting legacy and behaviour change. This approach resulted in a 16% reduction of disposable coffee cups use during the WasteLESS Week, as well as a 64% reduction in the use of plastic milk cartons on site.
The judges would also like to highly commend Shell Onshore UK for engaging multiple sites across the UK and tackling various issues, from reducing kitchen electricity and food waste, to tackling cardboard boxes and paper waste.
Also highly commended is Emanuel School for their initiatives to reduce plate food waste and engage pupils with the issue. Their campaign resulted in a 55% reduction in plate food waste during WasteLESS Week.
Our Re-purposing Waste Photo Competition winner is Elen Heath from Defence for her great idea to use old tins and a bit of spray paint to make Halloween lanterns.