Waste minimisation is increasingly becoming a focus at Severn Trent as we strive for zero waste, reducing packaging and volumes of waste by using innovation and changing consumer behaviour. We are committed to auditing compliance against waste regulations across our estates and improving our performance and quality of data.
Zero waste to landfill target
Our aspiration is to send zero waste to landfill from our operations. Waste streams such as Facilities Management (‘FM’) and operational waste, Biosolids and IT hardware have landfill diversion rates as high as 99%. We are currently developing a plan to increase the percentage of all waste streams diverted from landfill, and will use this audited data to set robust targets for waste reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery across all waste streams.
We have banned our most visible office waste – disposable coffeecups and single-use plastics – from our head office in Coventry, and are planning to roll this out to other sites.
Our work to date has focused on our own waste, but in order to create a truly sustainable future we’ll need to support those around us to minimise waste and maximise reuse, recycling and recovery. In the next year we’ll be engaging with our suppliers on waste, alongside other sustainability considerations, and building waste-related requirements into our supplier selection criteria.