The Barbican has been awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Cup for outstanding practices in waste management and recycling. The award has been given to the Barbican for setting the best example of a ‘medium’ size business out of the 1640 applicants from across London.
Anthony Hyde, head of corporate sales, said: “We are thrilled to receive this award. We continually focus on the implementation and improvement of our sustainability projects, something that is only possible due to the dedicated efforts of our sustainability management team. Over the last few years we have been a regular winner of the Platinum Clean City Award – recognition of our efforts through something as dramatic as the Chairman’s Cup is a true accolade and another feather in our cap.”
Several of the reasons for selecting the Barbican for the award are illustrated below by one of the judges.
“As one of the UK’s leading event centres, the Barbican’s commitment to improving it’s waste management practices was demonstrated through direct investment in recycling facilities for the public and the implementation of new recycling initiatives. Mindful of the millions of visitors received yearly and the amount of waste generated as a result, they have introduced recycling bins on their public foyers to encourage members of the public to recycle their waste. They have also introduced a comprehensive food waste composting programme involving both of their catering partners, which allows them to compost 100% of their fo
“To further minimise their waste, last year saw the expansion of their bin-the-bin policy to their level 6 offices, resulting in the removal of desk side bins and the provision of central recycling stations inside the office. They promote environmental awareness among their contractors, clients and visitors and communicate their sustainable policies to contractors through contract specifications. The Barbican also promotes its green/recycling credentials through colourful plasma screen displays across the foyers.”
Anthony concludes: “Our dedicated Environmental Sustainability Working Party as well as our management team are working to the most up-to-date vision of energy and resource use, in order to minimise the impact on the environment and to promote sustainability and environmental awareness.”