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Changeworks Recycling challenges Scottish businesses to reduce waste

Posted: 18th November 2019

Waste management company encouraging all businesses to join its #ChangeWasteChallenge

14 November 2019, Edinburgh – Scotland’s leading waste management firm, Changeworks Recycling, is encouraging Scottish businesses to join in its new Change Waste Challenge to eradicate 3 million kilos of waste by 2022.

The company, which has recycled more than 7,000 tonnes of waste material in the past 12 months across around 3,000 client sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow, estimates that if its customers were to reduce general waste by 50% and increase the capture of recycling materials, it would eliminate 3 million kilos of waste annually.

The challenge, launched to support the Scottish Government’s mission to recycle 70% of all Scotland’s waste by 2025, is aimed at businesses in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The #ChangeWasteChallenge campaign is geared towards changing behaviours and perceptions about waste, particularly with regards to food, to enable businesses to better understand its true impact and encourage more effective recycling.

The launch has been welcomed by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Frank Ross who said:

“If we all play our part, Edinburgh really can be a carbon neutral city by 2030. We all need to work together to reduce our emissions and achieve our sustainability goals and a commitment from the private sector is crucial. It’s fantastic to see employers pledge to ‘clean up’ the Capital’s business waste and I hope to see many others join Changeworks Recycling on their Change Waste Challenge.”

Leading global investment management organisation, Franklin Templeton, who have premises in Edinburgh, are the first company to sign up to the Change Waste Challenge. Paul Collins, Senior Vice President, Head of Trading and Ops at Franklin Templeton said:

“We are pleased to support the Change Waste Challenge to increase recycling and reduce waste in our Edinburgh office. At Franklin Templeton, we want to ensure we are doing as much as we can to reduce waste in the workplace and help the environment. By engaging with and educating our employees about the true impact of waste and encouraging recycling, we believe we can make a difference in helping change behaviours about waste.”

Forbes Connor, Managing Director of Changeworks Recycling, added: “We are calling on our client base and other businesses in Edinburgh and Glasgow to join us on our mission to eradicate more waste and protect our planet. We all have a responsibility and we can all do more, so sign up to our #ChangeWasteChallenge and help us eradicate waste, recycle more and protect our planet.”

Pictured (L-R) – Angela Dolan Engagement Manager, Peter Simon Senior Engagement Manager and Forbes Connor Managing Director of Changeworks Recycling at the Scottish Parliament

The multi award-winning company, which counts the Scottish Parliament, The Edinburgh Grand luxury serviced apartments, Fettes College and the Palace of Holyroodhouse amongst its client base, is committed to achieving environmental sustainability and is working hard to educate the business community on ways to combat the climate emergency.

For more information on the campaign, follow the hashtag #ChangeWasteChallenge.

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