We called in at Welcome Break Services on the Peartree Roundabout outside Oxford yesterday and, as you do, had a look in their skip.
The contents included a very interesting mix of old shop stock, which could have been donated to charity to do someone a good turn and raise a bit of money for a good cause, and a large quantity of waste that could have been recycled or, in the case of the old plastic cooking oil containers, reused.
I just assumed that this was just another example of someone not being bothered or the usual story of a corporate giving the environment a lower priority than their core business.
However, it turns out that Welcome Break Services have just this week been nominated for a Recycler of the Year Award so I think it is only fair that they be held accountable to a higher standard given that their PR Department will surely be making much of their green credentials in the light of this.
I believe in giving people the chance to redeem themselves so here is the email I have sent to Welcome Break this morning. Let’s see how they respond…
I called in at Peartree Services yesterday to break my journey from Southampton home to Northamptonshire.
My attention was drawn to a rubbish skip at the rear of the building, mainly because there was a plastic Christmas tree sticking out of it, which is eye-catching in June.
On closer inspection, the skip was filled with a wide range of rubbish and was obviously a “general waste” skip whose contents were destined to go to landfill.
Among the rubbish was a significant quantity of shop stock which, if it was indeed surplus to requirements, could have been donated to charity. There was also a
large amount of recyclable waste which, despite the presence of recycling bins close by on the site, had been dumped in the general waste skip, presumably
because staff had been told to do so or could not be bothered to sort it.
This is particularly disappointing performance for a company that has just been shortlisted for the Retail/Service Sector Recycler of the Year Award and is presumably
happy to attract kudos for its green credentials.
Obviously dealing with your waste appropriately is the correct thing to do from both environmental and ethical standpoints. Given the corporate preoccupation with
“maximising shareholder value” correct separation of rubbish from recyclables reduces in a cost saving as Landfill Tax charges are reduced and recyclablematerial
in bulk is a valuable commodity.