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Leading manufacturer of biscuits, savory snacks and crisps including McVitie's, Penguin, go ahead!, Jacob's, Twiglets, Hula Hoops, Mini Cheddars, McCoy's, and KP.

In 2011, United Biscuits achieve its goal of sending zero waste to landfill across all UB sites, four years ahead of the original deadline. This initiative required a complete culture change and UB involved both their employees and suppliers in the process to generate ideas on how to reduce waste.

A detailed analysis of UB’s generated waste highlighted that a third of waste could have been recycled, a third was due to excessive packaging and a third should genuinely be sent to landfill. Recycling facilities were expanded to cope with the first third; workshops with suppliers were held to come up with solutions to reduce packaging waste, a by-product of which was a reduction in operating costs. Any material UB were absolutely sure could not be avoided or recycled was incinerated to generate energy.

This fresh approach to waste minimisation has spread to other parts of the business, and UB have found solutions in reducing consumer packaging, which has resulted in less pallets being used and the equivalent of 500 less lorry journeys, benefiting both the environment and the business.

"Our original goal was to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2015 but we actually achieved this by the start of 2012. Meeting this goal required every single person in the business to change the way they worked to help us to massively reduce the total waste and to increase the amount of waste that was recycled." Bob Brightwell, Head of Corporate Communication, United Biscuits



FM Conway is an infrastructure services company that designs, builds, enhances and maintains vital services in transport, the built environment and open spaces.

The City Hotel Derry enjoys an idyllic location  situated on the banks of the River Foyle. The City Hotel offers 146  guest bedrooms, conference suites Thompsons restaurant Coppins bar and a health and fitness club.

Carpet Recycling UK is an industry funded not for profit membership association that aims to increase the diversion of carpet waste from landfill.

Changeworks Recycling is the only waste management company that enables businesses in central Scotland to achieve compliance with the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012. We do this by applying the waste hierarchy to achieve high quality recycling with separate collection of key recyclables, treating waste as a resource.

The only CarbonNeutral Zero Waste business services group, Commercial is the UK’s largest independent, integrated and sustainable provider of office supplies, IT infrastructure, fit-out, print management and promotional items.

Croydon is London’s most populated borough. It has one of the biggest retail and office centres in the south east and extends from Crystal Palace in the north to Coulsdon in the south.


The North London Waste Authority disposes of waste on behalf of the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Waltham Forest and has an extensive waste prevention programme.

Plastic Surgeon is the nationwide surface repair specialist. The company repairs interior and exterior surfaces including: wood, stone, brick, glass, ceramic, enamel, metal and plastic, saving time, money and landfill waste.

Established more than 50 years ago, Portakabin is the UK's leading supplier of steel-framed modular buildings, which are produced at its international manufacturing centre in York.

RPS nationally supply and recover pallets for reuse. As the UKs leading pallet recovery experts we’re able to measurably reduce our client’s packaging spend and strengthen their environmental credentials.

The Windles Group is a highly versatile production house, concentrating on delivering the most creative and highest quality printed products and greetings cards, and home of Creative Foiling.


The next entry submission deadline is the 30th May 2014. Submit your entry now for the chance to become a Zero Hero!

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