We reduced the total waste we generated by 23% (7,604t in 2015 vs 9,860t in 2014). Of this, 70% was recycled and 75% diverted from landfill through recycling, composting and the generation of energy from waste. We do not produce any material amounts of hazardous waste.
As the majority of our offices are leased and situated in shared buildings, we work closely with managing agents and landlords as well as waste contractors. Where complete measurements are not available, we use a methodology to calculate waste based on weight sampling and by counting waste containers leaving our premises. Although we know local municipalities carry out some sorting and recycling, we report all waste as going to landfill unless we have evidence to the contrary.
Building on the experience of high-performing locations, we aim to achieve 90% of waste diverted from landfill at all reporting locations by 2020. Our Green Teams are helping in this effort. In 2015, the Green Team in Dayton, Ohio, supported the site’s facilities team with the roll-out of a waste improvement plan across the campus: Kick the Can. This initiative, already piloted at one building in 2014, helped to increase the waste diverted from landfill at the location by 9% and decrease total waste produced by 36%.