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Interserve’s green agenda making a positive impact

Interserve has received praise from clients for its wide range of initiatives which are helping to improve the company’s environmental footprint.

The international support services and construction group has worked with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to achieve significant results, including a water capture project that resulted in the FCO being the first public sector finalist in the BIFM awards hosted last year and creating a wildflower area at Hanslope Park.

A coffee cup recycling initiative has been implemented at Interserve’s LandSecurities contract; the firm’s Ingenuity House building is pioneering ways to avoid plastic usage and uses paper-based takeaway containers and the firm’s cleaning operation has drastically reduced the quantity of waste it creates.

More recently, the FCO has praised Interserve after the company responded positively to a campaign to drastically reduce the amount of single use plastic at its UK catering facilities.

In April, the FCO pledged to be a trailblazer in cutting down on single use plastic. Interserve’s facilities management team was given the challenge to remove single use plastics and to replace items with sustainable materials, removing items such as: disposable cutlery, straws, salad containers and hot and cold drinks cups.

The aim of the FCO’s ‘Beyond Plastic’ initiative is to remove all avoidable single use plastics from catering services this year – and globally by 2020.

Peter Jones, the FCO’s chief operating officer, said: “I am grateful to Interserve for the constructive way in which they have supported our #Beyondplastic campaign.

“We set an ambitious target of removing all avoidable single-use plastic from the FCO’s UK estate by 2018, and the positive approach of Interserve’s Facilities Management team was essential.

“I’m pleased that by working with them we have removed more than 95 per cent of avoidable single-use plastic from our UK operations in under 12 months.”

From 1st October, plastic bottles have been replaced by combination of aluminium cans, glass and the introduction of a self-service carbonated drinks machine with beverages consumed from metal receptacles badged ‘FCO bottles for life’. It is estimated this will remove more than 100,000 plastic bottles annually from the waste stream.

Since January on the FCO contract Interserve has completely eliminated the FCO’s four largest sources of single-use plastic: coffee cups, water cups, take-away cutlery and food containers, and bottled drinks.

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