As a major developer, we have a responsibility to minimise our use of natural resources and, guided by our five-year Group Waste Strategy for 2012–2017, to reduce, recycle or reuse as much waste as possible. To encourage a reduction in the waste generated and the use of less damaging disposal methods, CWML’s Waste Strategy sets out ambitious goals and a number of stretching targets across all departments, buildings and retail malls. To date, these targets have been met in full.
Across Canary Wharf Group (CWG), we generated 258,060.34 tonnes of waste in 2015, a significant rise that can largely be attributed to the increase in construction projects with New District, Newfoundland and 7 Westferry Circus being undertaken this year. The amount of material recycled increased by 15% to 97.68%. Almost all the remaining 1.36% was composted, sent for anaerobic digestion or incinerated with energy generation, and only 0.97% ended up in landfill.
CWG’s Waste Strategy sets out ambitious goals and a number of stretching targets for the reduction of waste generation and the use of responsible disposal methods. In CWCL the segregation of waste and improved reporting by contractors and waste management companies has meant that only 8.29% of construction waste, 0.48% of excavation waste and 6.11% of demolition waste was sent to landfill in 2015.
We also support our tenants, occupiers, staff and contractors in reducing their resource use and improve waste recycling with an individual Building Sustainability Management Plan for each of our buildings. We have also installed food waste segregation facilities in tenants’ restaurants and catering areas in One Canada Square.
Waste is disposed of by five methods:
- Mixed Recyclable waste is sent to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) nearby where they are sorted by machine into different waste streams and sent to be used to produce new products.
- Non Recyclable waste is sent by barge to Belvedere where they are incinerated to generated energy which is fed into the National Grid.
- Food Waste segregation was introduced in 2010 and has been expanded to all retail food outlets and several office tenants. Segregated food waste is sent to be treated by anaerobic digestion which produces energy for the National Grid and liquid fertiliser for agriculture.
- Glass waste is imploded on site to produce broken glass which is used as ballast for road building. This method means that less collections are required than sending away complete bottles.
- Garden Waste is segregated and is turned into compost.