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AstraZeneca is a global pharmaceutical company with a major UK presence. Their purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines.

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK works with AstraZeneca at their manufacturing plant in Liverpool to map out and implement continuous improvements projects.

When it comes to their sustainability agenda, waste prevention is one of AstraZeneca’s main goals. Where prevention is not practical, the brand concentrates first on minimisation, then on appropriate treatment or disposal to maximise re-use and recycling, and reduce disposal to landfill.

Fostering employee engagement was recognised as one of the key elements of the continuous improvement planning. SUEZ needed to engage with a population of 360 employees based at the Liverpool plant to communicate the recycling targets and wider waste management strategy set out by AstraZeneca.

SUEZ’s transformation team ran a recycling and waste awareness campaign that coincided with the International Earth Day in April 2017. The engagement campaign was designed to raise awareness about the benefits of the service (both environmental and business-related), generate employee buy-in and share best practice. The aim was to help educate employees about recycling and encourage correct materials segregation.

A circular economy-themed roadshows ran over the course of three days. As part of this engagement programme, SUEZ’s hazardous waste team ran two training sessions to share best practice and maintain high-level compliance. A new internal environmental employee engagement programme – a Green Team – was also launched as part of the multifaceted campaign.

Thirty employees at AstraZeneca’s plant expressed their interest in becoming a member of the Green Team and championing recycling in the workplace.

Twenty-seven employees were trained during two hazardous waste training sessions ensuring on-site compliance and best practice sharing.

A general waste reduction project was also implemented as a result of the engagement and approximately 12,000 plastic milk bottles are now eliminated from the general waste stream every year as a result of introduction of new milk dispensers in plant’s canteens.

30 employees interested in becoming a recycling champion as a direct result of the engagement campaign
27 employees trained on how to manage hazardous waste
Elimination of approximately 12,000 plastic milk bottles, which historically contributed to general waste

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

We are dedicated to the sustainable management of resources delivering innovative recycling and integrated waste services to 30,000 business customers and local authorities in the UK.

In the United Kingdom, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK employs over 5,000 people dedicated to the sustainable management of resources delivering innovative recycling and waste recovery services to 30,000 customers across the private and public sectors. Every year, we handle nearly 10 million tonnes of waste material – putting it to good use through our recycling, composting, manufacturing and energy recovery facilities.

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