Going For Gold

Marston’s PLC won Gold at the Green Apple Awards 2019 for Environmental Best Practice – Food & Drink. As a Green World Ambassador their success has been benchmarked against other submissions from around the globe and Marston’s have now been confirmed as a Green World Awards winner.

The International Green Apple Environment Awards were established in 1994 and have become one of the world’s most prestigious recognition campaigns. The Green World Awards (GWA) have been launched as the top tier of the Green Apple Awards – enabling companies to win environmental recognition not only for themselves, but also for their countries. The GWA recognises and rewards the endeavours of Commerce, Industry, Governments, Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Authorities and Individuals who have a beneficial impact on the environment. Judges are totally independent and they’re selected because of their appropriate environmental and technical knowledge, their professional backgrounds and relevant experience.

The aims of the GWA’s is to improve environmental performance, encourage the efficient use of resources, enhance the competitiveness of organisations and to support the wider goals of sustainable development, including social benefits through community and staff involvement.

The awards ceremony is due to take place on November 23rd at the Houses Of Parliament where we will find out if we have won Gold, Silver or Bronze.

A few of the key successes that made Marston’s application stand out to the judges include:

• Landfill reduced from 40% to less than 1% in two years meaning that they were the first of the big 5 pub companies to achieve “Zero Landfill”.

• Closed the loop on plastic waste by redesigning pub gardens using Plastecowood furniture which is made from the pubs own waste material.

• Segregated waste streams resulting in a circa 75% recycling (by weight) rate

Since submitting their application, Marston’s have also completed many more environmental projects including the removal of 500,000 plastic bottles from their hotel rooms, removal of circa 13,000,000 plastic straws from the estate and reducing overall usage by 76%.

Dave Gudgeon, Head Of External Affairs, UKWSL said “When we started our partnership with Marston’s back in 2016, we sat down together a discussed some very ambitious environmental goals that we wanted to achieve. We weren’t afraid of rolling up our sleeves and facing these challenges head on. Targets were hit on-time and on-budget and in most cases we exceeded expectations. Being crowned as a Gold Green Apple Award winner was great, but winning a coveted Green World Award is another level of recognition we couldn’t have dreamed of 4 years ago.”

More information about our work with Marston’s can be found in the case studies published on our website https://www.ukwsl.co.uk/case-study-category/hospitality/

More information about the GWA’s and the Green Organisation’s work can be found on their website https://greenworldawards.com/