“The Recycling Revolution”, a recipe for success

UKWSL will be attending the International CSR Excellence Awards on Monday 23rd November. The awards are presented to companies that have a heart: caring companies that use their privileged position to help their colleagues, communities, customers, the environment and the less fortunate.

We’ve been working closely with restaurant chains Ask Italian and Zizzi for the past couple of years, developing and delivering innovative solutions designed to minimise the impact restaurant operations have on the environment.

The award application was judged against more than 300 other nominations for the 2020 International CSR Excellence Awards. Ask Italian and Zizzi will be recognised and rewarded for their efforts and will be presented with either a Champion, Gold, Silver or a Bronze award at a prestigious event being held within the Palace Of Westminster.

Ask Italian and Zizzi stand out from the crowd because together, we have created a robust waste management strategy which generated landfill diversion rates of 99.33%, exceeding the 99% national threshold for Zero Waste to Landfill.  They’re one of the UK’s best-known casual dining sector restaurant chains and are one of the first to achieve zero landfill.

Not only have they achieved “Zero Landfill”, they also recycle 80% of all waste they generate.  UKWSL’s MORE* programme designed to Minimise, Optimise, Rationalise & Energise resulted in the removal of more than 13,000 lifts per annum from the service schedule.  This has a significant financial benefit for every restaurant and reduces the carbon footprint associated with sending vehicles to restaurants where collections weren’t necessary.

194 restaurants, thousands of employees and the local economies of 64 service partners all felt the environmental and economic benefits of this CSR strategy.

Dave Gudgeon, Head Of External Affairs at UKWSL said “It’s great to see these well-known restaurant brands will be joining the CSR World Leaders programme which plays a key role in supporting others to improve their Corporate Social Responsibility performance. This winning entry has also been chosen as one of the UK’s entries into the CSR section of the Green World Awards.”