The annual campaign rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world and McGee has received silver recognition as a result of the considerable efforts made for environmental waste management during the demolition of the 1970’s tower blocks located at One Nine Elms, Vauxhall, London.
Key to the success of the waste management aims and objectives on the project was minimising waste to landfill through reducing, reusing and recycling building materials to the benefit of the environment as well as the local community.
Tamil Uddin, Environmental Manager, said: “To achieve our aim of minimising waste to landfill on the project, we put together a tailored Waste Management Plan, which was monitored with BRE SMART Waste, along with a Waste, Energy & Water Policy.”
The implementation of this resulted in salvageable items being identified and reused to the benefit of the local community; Waste was segregated with 98% diverted from landfill; A number of trees were saved; Lorries brought in crush and returned with demolition material to reduce vehicle movements and carbon emissions; Harvested rainwater was used for dust suppression and grey water was used in on-site toilets.
From the removal of segregated waste sent for recycling via external contractors, or demolition material being removed from site for our in-house recycling facility to process, it was all tracked and recorded paper-free using the company’s bespoke waste management mobile application – ensuring compliance and total records management.
Marc Byrne, Head of Social Responsibility, said: “At McGee we believe that sustainability and our duty to the environment doesn’t stop in the materials we recycle from projects, it is about promoting recycling and reuse, as well as good environmental practice within the communities in which we work. The site team at One Nine Elms has embraced this and fully deserve this accolade for their efforts.”
The competition was particularly strong this year, competing against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice. Representatives from McGee were presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Palace, London on 11th November.
As a result of this Green Apple Award success, McGee has been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.
They could also progress to represent their country in the Green World Awards, and the European Business Awards for the Environment.
The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.
The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.
The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.