Watching our waste

Watching our waste

During the European Week for Waste Reduction, the bank’s Waste and Innovation Manager Sarah Craddock looks at how the bank is reducing its environmental impact.

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Sarah Craddock
Waste and Innovation Manager

23 November 2016

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"Our 2020 environmental targets call out the need to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill."


Waste is a serious business with recent figures from the UK Government showing that the recycling rate of ‘waste from households’ reached 44.9% in 2014. While this is higher than it’s ever been, it’s still below the EU target of 50% by 2020. It’s my job to make sure RBS is doing everything it can to reduce its environmental impact – we all have to do our bit.

Our 2020 environmental targets call out the need to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill so we’re working with our partners (ISS, Baxter Storey and others) to reduce the amount of waste we produce across the bank. We’re also improving reporting and using new, innovative recycling processes. 


Recently we started measuring how the bank manages construction, kitchen food, restaurant oil, technology, furniture and archived confidential waste. We’ve improved waste awareness across our UK buildings with online resources so everyone can see how they can play their part. We also distributed re-usable Keep Cups and water bottles to staff, and installed hand dryers in our buildings.

The results have been great.

We’ll continue to look for more innovative opportunities to reduce our environmental impact so we can meet our 2020 target.



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