Wates leads fight against plastic cups on site

Grant Prior 4 years ago

Wates Residential is swapping single-use plastic cups for reusable bottles on site to play its part in tackling the plastics crisis.

Wates workers are now equipped with reusable water bottles
Wates workers are now equipped with reusable water bottles

A pilot scheme is underway at the mixed-use Abbey Area redevelopment in Camden, where Wates is building 141 homes as well as additional retail and commercial spaces.

Reusable bottles have been distributed to the entire workforce who can use fresh water stations to fill them up.

Previously, the Abbey Area redevelopment used an estimated 120,000 cups per year, which cost just over £1,300.

Over a 10-year period, Wates estimates that swapping to reusable bottles could save approximately £4,350 per site, as well as reducing landfill by around 5,000kg and helping to reduce litter and marine pollution.

Wates is also hoping the change will encourage workers to cut down their use of single-use plastic bottles as the initiative is rolled-out across all of its sites.

Wates document controller Denise Southard suggested the change after watching the BBC’s documentary Blue Planet II which highlighted the severe effects plastic pollution is having on the marine environment.

Southard said“After watching Blue Planet II and seeing the horrific damage that plastic can have on the environment, I was inspired to encourage others to reduce their plastic waste.

“Wates Residential has been extremely supportive in this and I am proud to work for a company that has embraced my idea so whole-heartedly.

“I can’t believe how easy it was to implement a simple swap from disposable cups to reusable bottles and hope other businesses are encouraged to do the same.”

Paul Nicholls, Managing Director of Wates Residential South, said: “Reducing our single-use plastics waste is something we feel very passionate about at Wates Residential and this great initiative from Denise is another step on our journey towards doing that.

“We hope this commitment will not only drive change across our sites, but will also lead to new ambitions in the wider industry.

“We believe cutting down on avoidable plastic waste is the right thing to do and we are proud to be doing our bit to protect our Blue Planet.”


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