Marston’s has won ‘Waste and Resource Management Project of the Year’ at the 2020 edie sustainability leaders awards in collaboration with UKWSL. The award follows a successful year for Marston’s in sustainable practice and achievements across the hospitality industry.

The award win recognises Marston’s partnership work with UKWSL on waste reduction and management over the entirety of Marston’s estate.

From the outset of the relationship between Marston’s and UKWSL, both sides have had the same ambition and goal to reduce environmental impact. The collaborative partnership began in 2016 and initiated targets to:

  • Recycle Marston’s food waste at 80% of its food-led pubs.
  • Segregate dry mixed recycling across 80% of the estate.
  • Recycle glass bottles at 95% of all pubs.
  • Achieve zero waste to landfill by 2020.

The success of the project not only achieved and exceed all targets, but also made Marston’s the first large pub company to achieve zero waste to landfill in 2018, two years in advance of the original target.

Jonathan Davies, Waste and Recycling Co-ordinator at Marston’s, said: “We are extremely proud to receive this award and gain this type of recognition. We have built a great partnership with UKWSL and the results we have achieved so far is definitely a joint effort, so to win this award is a great achievement for us both.” 

The commitment between UKWSL and Marston’s to change the working culture, has meant recycling is now at the forefront of the agenda for all employees. Waste related e-learning content is available online and is included as part of the induction programme. This cultural change has ensured recycling rates has increased from 60% to 77%.