In 2022, we prevented 89,435 tonnes of CO2e from entering the atmosphere by diverting waste from landfill and converting it into products or green energy. We recycled an incredible 282,000 tonnes of organic waste last year, including over 50,000 tonnes of garden waste, which, alone, is the equivalent of offsetting 4,200 double decker buses! We produced enough green energy to power over 5,600 homes by converting Dorset’s waste to renewable energy through Anaerobic Digestion and Biomass Combustion facilities.
Our other sustainability improvement initiatives include the promotion of electric vehicles through the introduction of a salary sacrifice scheme, which incentivises employees to convert to electric vehicles, as well as converting the existing fleet to electric. All of which can be charged from Eco’s renewable energy assets- fuelled by Dorset’s Waste.
A notable advancement includes the construction of a new Aggregate Washing Facility. Completed in 2023, the new £2.5 million plant increases the amount of material we can recycle and will also displace 20,000 tonnes of primary aggregates annually. Justin Dampney, Managing Director at Eco Sustainable Solutions said: “This plant is a symbol of our dedication to our growth as a business and our unwavering commitment to always offering our customers and stakeholders more sustainable solutions”.
Biodiversity enhancements through the creation of nine reptile hibernacula bunds around Eco Park near Bournemouth have resulted in sightings of all six of the UK’s native reptiles, which includes adders, smooth snakes, grass snakes, slow worms, common lizards, and sand lizards.
Jamie Williams, Eco’s Environment, Health and Safety Manager, explains:
“At Eco, we put a huge amount of effort and care into ensuring that we not only benefit the local community through recycling waste, but we do it in a beneficial way to our immediate surroundings, demonstrated through our ongoing heathland restoration project which has helped significantly increase the biodiversity of the of the local area.”
“This report summarises the huge amount of effort the team at Eco puts in to reduce the impact of Dorset’s waste and to ensure that all our activities are as sustainable as possible, in every sense of the word. As we take on new challenges and opportunities that 2023 presents, I have every confidence in our ability to replicate and exceed Eco’s achievements over the past year.”
Read the full report here: Eco Sustainability Report 2022
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