WGC has partnered with Biffa and Good Values to implement a colleague engagement scheme to improve operational sustainability. The partnership worked to identify a number of methods to drive recycling across 140 garden centres and reduce waste, including a "Recycle it Right" education campaign, creating e-learning modules and appointing a task force of WGC colleagues to act as ‘Environment Champions’ to drive the programme forward and share knowledge across WGC’s garden centres.
As result of this partnership WGC has achieved a recycling rate of almost 70 per cent, an improvement on the 39 per cent before the start of this project, with further plans to exceed an 80 per cent recycling rate within the next 12 months. The partnership also drove efforts for clothes collection and helped raise funds for Marie Curie contributing to the total sum of over £230,000, which has been raised in 10 months of the partnership.
WGC chairman Stephen Murphy said: "We believe that playing a leading role in addressing social and environmental challenges will give us a competitive advantage, and provides a clear benefit for employees, customers, suppliers and the other people our business touches. This partnership has delivered tangible achievements in pursuit of these goals and we are proud of the progress we have made. While we are still early in our sustainability journey, we are thrilled to be a finalist for the National Recycling Awards and proud of our colleagues’ efforts to embed long-term sustainable practices into the core of our way of working."
Good Values founder Jacquie Irvine said: "Even though we come from three different companies, Good Values, Wyevale Garden Centres and Biffa work together as one team, with one shared objective. Our success is down to the unique skill set each partner brings to the table and how we work together to make our vision a reality."