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Turning CalMac's waste into wealth

RR signing Waste to Wealth Commitment

In November CalMac was the first transport operator in the UK to sign up to Business in the Community's - Waste to Wealth Commitment and we were pleased to attend their recent Scottish Waste to Wealth event in Glasgow.

Waste to Wealth Commitment

At the event representatives from over 150 Scottish businesses and organisations from a wide range of sectors explored how greater collaboration can be achieved; and discussed solutions to increase Scotland's resource productivity while reducing waste by 2030.

Speakers at the event included:

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland who shared his views on the essential need to adopt the circular economy model - which represents a £3bn opportunity in Scotland.

Gudrun Cartwright, BITC's Environment Director, who told us about the Waste to Wealth Action Plan and BITC's ambition to have 400 signatories by the end of 2019, and 5,000 by 2025.

Jeremy Darroch, BITC's Chair and CEO of Sky Plc who stressed the importance of leadership and noted that there is still public trust in businesses working together to make positive change.

CalMac are continuously exploring ways in which to minimise our environmental impact and we are committed to working collaboratively with local businesses to achieve the aims of the Waste to Wealth Commitment and be recognised as an environmental leader within the UK ferry industry.

Our Waste Management Action Plan sets out targets, objectives, key actions and deadlines to minimise waste and increase reuse and recycling.

Our key objectives are to:

  • Increase recycling rates by a minimum of 15% by 2020 from 2017 baseline; and
  • Achieve 70% recycling and less than 5% to landfill by 2025.

Our current priorities in terms of improving resource productivity and reducing waste are to:

  • Embed sustainable procurement practices throughout the business;
  • Minimise waste and eliminate or reduce the use of single use items and avoidable plastics; and
  • Expand our team of volunteer 'Environmental Leaders' throughout the company and across the network to champion green initiatives and reduce waste.

We hope to share our experiences, the outcomes and lessons learned from internal initiatives with our fellow signatories and work collaboratively to achieve our aims and help them to achieve theirs and to promote the circular economy in Scotland.

BITC's Environment Director

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