ISS issues Zero Waste Challenge for World Environment Day

05/06/2019 - 09:03
Services provider, ISS, has challenged its stakeholders to stop at least 80,000 items becoming waste this World Environment Day (5 June).

Its third annual global ‘Zero Waste Challenge’ (ZWC) is open to all individuals and organisations and is the brainchild of the Waste Services division at ISS UK.

The initiative asks all involved to reduce waste produced on the day, with activities as large or as small as each pledgee can achieve.

In 2018, and 2017, a combined total of 28,500 people eliminated 143,000 items from waste on ZWC Day. This year, the goal is to engage 25,000 pledgees who will undertake activities on the day and raise awareness of simple waste reduction behaviour going forward.

ISS has said that its activities will include:

  • Single use items (such as coffee cups, straws, cutlery) available on request only
  • Sustainable menus to incorporate seasonal ingredients and plant-based options
  • New bin signage to improve waste segregation
  •  ‘ZWC’ Roadshows to increase awareness of waste issues and encourage employees and clients to take action to reduce their waste

As an organisation, ISS also challenges its suppliers to provide more sustainable solutions as it sees an increased drive to deliver sustainable initiatives for clients, customers and our stakeholders. I

At an individual level, pledges include:

  • Creating meals from surplus food
  • Reusable, instead of single-use cups and plastic water bottles
  • Recycling coffee grounds as garden fertilizer
  • Using a tote bag instead of plastic carrier bags
  • Buying loose fresh produce instead of pre-packaged food

To find out more information or to sign up, visit:

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