LoCITY Champion Status

What is the LoCITY Programme?
LoCITY is an industry led programme that is helping the freight and fleet sector lead the way in improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions. It works with freight and fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure providers, procurers and other key stakeholders to increase the availability and uptake of low emission commercial vehicles. It also offers guidance, tools, training and support, and will be launching the LoCITY Fleet Advice Programme in 2017.

Simply’s Involvement
Simply Waste Solutions have recently received LoCITY Champion status, which means that we are actively involved in creating, shaping and implementing the LoCITY programme to help improve London’s air quality. In this programme we’ve been involved in looking at alternative fuels, predominantly CNG gas powered vehicles and the associated refuelling infrastructure. We have also been trialling electric vehicles recently as part of the programme.

To ensure that we remain an environmentally friendly company we are committed to utilizing any procurement initiatives at our disposal. Within the last 15 months we have been able to reduce our transport related emissions by almost 19% after employing a dedicated Training Academy Manager, Kevin Barcroft. Kevin introduced a successful training regime which has significantly reduced work related road risks, improved our OCRS score and built the foundations to progress to a FORS Membership Silver Standard.

Our driving workforce have been trained with the new CPC LoCITY Driver course, which has increased their awareness of the surrounding environmental issues and has identified what is needed to combat them. We have recently introduced a very successful Driver of the Year event which rewards our most safe, fuel efficient and legally compliant drivers. This event promotes the application of the LoCITY training and drive us towards the Silver FORS standard.

We look forward to further involvement with the programme to ensure that we are doing our part to help improve Londons air quality and reduce carbon emissions.

More Information:
If you would like to know more about the LoCITY programme, please click here. To see a full list of the current LoCITY Champions then please follow this link.

King’s College London Recycling Roll Out

This month we are rolling out our services at the King’s College London campuses. King’s College London (KCL) is a public research university located in London, regarded as one of the top multidisciplinary research universities in the world.

KCL are seeking to improve the amount of waste they recycle. Educational establishments present a number of challenges as they produce a wide variety of waste streams and are reliant on engagement from the student body. We have worked closely with KCL to find effective solutions to their waste, such as separating it into several waste streams; Food Recycling, Dry Mixed Recyclables, Glass Recycling, General waste and even a paper cup recycling scheme.

Olivia Preston, Operations Sustainability Manager KCL, said: ‘This is a great step forward in improving the way we manage waste, and will bring many benefits to the university. We’re excited that Simply Waste Solutions are on-board, as they’re committed to work with us to improve our recycling rates to reach our 70% target. We’ll also be able to provide feedback to students and staff on how their building is performing.’

Earlier this year King’s College London took part in the Square Mile Challenge, the challenge was to collect half a million cups in the square mile of London within just one month! KCL have opted to continue to use the paper cup recycling scheme (Simply Cups) across several of their campuses, underpinning their commitment to recycling and sustainability.

King’s College London aim to achieve a recycling target of 70% of their waste being recycled. In a time where recycling is increasingly popular and multiple waste streams are present, it can be challenging to know what is recyclable. Therefore we have provided educational material to promote waste awareness in the hope to reduce bin contamination and maximize what is recycled.

For a number of years businesses have become increasingly aware of the benefits of recycling, such as the prevention of waste reaching landfill, the reduction of pollution and the protection of the environment. Here at Simply Waste Solutions we believe that waste should always be given a ‘second life’. This can be achieved through the use of effective recycling solutions or through the process of transforming waste to energy. A Zero to Landfill approach is the key to a sustainable future.

Mark Cook, Sales Director SWS said: ‘Simply Waste Solutions are delighted to have been awarded the KCL contract. A key factor for KCL was around the investment that we have made in our food and glass recycling services, as well as the development of our closed loop initiatives (in particular Simply Cups). Providing accurate weight data and management information across all waste streams, supported by our dedicated account management team will give KCL the platform needed to meet their target of 70% recycling across the estate. We are looking forward to working closely with the KCL team over the coming months to achieve this.’