Percentage of Waste Recycled, Re-used and/or Recovered
The National Recycling Stars scheme is about recognising businesses that are making efforts to divert waste from landfill. This percentage is the amount of waste that is recycled, re-used and/or recovered. There is a minimum percentage that must be achieved to qualify for each star rating, however consideration is also given to the waste hierarchy and the manner in which material is diverted.
Number of Recycling Initiatives
This criteria is in place to prevent Recycling Star winners from ‘standing still’. Reducing waste isn’t just about shredding paper or crushing cans; there are many other innovative methods that can be implemented to ensure easy recycling/reuse and pro-activity in reducing waste. Tell us what initiatives are in place in your organisation to facilitate your waste reduction ethos - are there any creative ways you encourage staff and stakeholders to participate in your waste management strategy?
A qualifying organisation must be able to demonstrate that they have undertaken initiatives to inform staff of the recycling/recovering/re-use options available to them. How do you ensure employees are kept informed? Is everyone aware of how they can contribute to reducing waste? Do they know where they can access the information they need?
Other Environmental Initiatives
Whilst responsible waste management is important (and can play a large part in reducing an organisation’s impact on the environment), the scheme recognises that there are other actions that organisations can and should take. If there is anything else you have implemented that you feel might add to your application, the scheme would love to hear about it.