Wolverhampton-based Marston’s has been recognised following a successful year for its work in sustainability and energy across the hospitality industry.
It won in the International Green Apple Environment Awards in the food and drink category.
The award recognises Marston’s partnership work with UK Waste Solutions on waste reduction across its estate of national pubs. The award win also means the company joins the Green World Ambassador scheme.
The presentation took place at the Houses of Parliament.
The International Green Apple Environment Awards recognise and reward companies internationally for their best environmental practice. The gold award win for Marston’s came off the back of the collaboration between UKWS and the two-year project which was designed to maximise recycling and move towards zero per cent landfill.
The partnership which began in 2016, aimed to recycle Marston’s food waste at 80 per cent of its food-led pubs, segregate dry mixed recycling across 80 per cent of the estate and recycle glass bottles at 95 per cent of pubs.
On top of these targets, the overall ambition was to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2020.
The success of the project led to Marston’s not only achieving all targets, but also made Marston’s the first pub group to achieve zero waste to landfill in 2018, two years in advance of the target.
Jonathan Davies, waste and recycling co-ordinator at Marston’s, said: “We are tremendously proud to have won gold at the International Green Apple Environment Awards, it is great that our work has received this type of recognition. Our partnership with UKWSL is founded on a mutual commitment to fully engage with innovation and continuous improvement to sustainably transform our waste management.”
The entirety of Marston’s pub estate now has waste segregation at the forefront of its agenda and all employees have access to waste associated e-learning modules as part of their induction programme.
This cultural change has meant that the recycling improvement amendments made to services across the estate has ensured recycling rates has increased from 60 per cent to 77 per cent.
Marston’s has over 14,000 employees and an estate of around ,500 pubs across the UK.