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At an awards ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 6th November, Bywaters are proud to say that we had one of the most successful nights in our long history.

Bywaters Wins Top Award at Green Apples for Second Year Running

Not only did Bywaters walk home with the top award for the second year running: the Green Apple ‘Champion of Champions’, but we’re thrilled to say that our clients also enjoyed a successful evening. incredibly, four of our clients also won awards for sustainable improvements to their waste management services:

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • LandSec
  • BNP Paribas Real Estate

This is a night that will live long in the memory, and it’s fantastic to see Bywaters’ clients being recognised for the fantastic work that they have done throughout 2017.

The Green Apple Awards

The Green Apple Awards are held annually at the UK Houses of Parliament, and are internationally recognised as the high-water mark for environmental excellence across all markets and industry sectors.

With such stiff competition, only the most innovative and efficient partnerships stand a chance at grabbing the gold. This is why we’re so proud to bring home awards both for our clients and ourselves.

Our strong performance at this year’s Green Apple awards can be explained by our partnership approach. We work closely with all of our clients to advocate practical innovation and productive service enhancements, and the results of this process can be seen clearly in the awards our clients received. These are all explained individually below.

Our 2017 Green Apple Award Winning Partnerships

These are the Bywaters clients who won awards for their excellence in recycling and sustainable waste management in 2017:

Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

The turnaround in waste management at Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital has been staggering. As recently as 2014, the Trust found itself in a difficult position: they had to raise their recycling rate from 38% without increasing their operational budget.

The work we have done with Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is just one of the reasons Bywaters recently walked home proudly as multiple winners at the 2017 NHS Sustainability Awards.

With our help, Guys & St Thomas’ were able to implement a total waste management solution and achieve an increase of 66% – exceeding their 2017 target and leading to significant cost savings which can now be spent on other other vital aspects of the hospital.

Our total waste management solution included paying attention to every detail of the waste management operation, including streamlining clinical waste services – using mid-tech solutions to maximise results.

This successful approach included, among other things, the use of bespoke weighbridge technology, management of onsite porter staff, implementation of reuse programmes, and the introduction of oil collections and food recycling.

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Another Bywaters success in the healthcare sector: our partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital saw them win big at this year’s Green Apple Awards. The work done this year has not only led to improved waste management efficiency, but also the salvaging of many items which can be donated to charity.

In partnership with Great Ormond Street, we implemented a ground-breaking reuse programme that sees over five tonnes of Bulk Waste materials diverted from the hospital’s non-recyclable waste stream each month. These diverted items are then distributed to UK charities (including the Red Cross, eMMAUS, and Groundwork) for refurbishment and reusing.

The programme – closely supported by the Reyooz app – is predicted to save the Trust over £20,000 per year in disposal costs alone. This has been such a successful scheme that the NHS is looking into replicating it across other NHS Trusts.


A sterling example of replicating success and best practice in property waste management, LandSec were determined that the waste and recycling performance of the New Ludgate Estate should mirror the quality of services enjoyed by other properties within their London portfolio.

In partnership with Bywaters, Landsec established an onsite recycling programme that has already boosted recycling rates to over 80% – with all non-recyclable waste used in the production of sustainable energy.

This means that New Ludgate diverts 100% of materials from landfill (as is the case for all other LandSec buildings serviced by Bywaters).

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Managing a uniform waste strategy across 25+ sites is no easy feat. BNP Paribas Real Estate took to the challenge head-on and have achieved fantastic results, while still finding time to help Bywaters clean beaches and fight ocean plastic.

Focusing on increasing awareness of the intrinsic value of recycling, a four-tiered strategy was designed and implemented by facilities managers in partnership with Bywaters with the aim of achieving a 70% recycling target across the portfolio by December 2017.

This strategy was based on four key pillars:

  1. Rapid implementation
  2. Ongoing education
  3. Proper material segregation
  4. Creating a sustainable work culture

We’re very proud to say that the set target of 70% was reached in June 2017 – a full 6 months ahead of schedule. This massive improvement in such a short space of time is fantastic to see, and bodes very well for the future of Bywaters’ partnership with BNP PRE.

A Fantastic Day for Bywaters’ Partnership Approach to Client Relations

The above results were rather flattering on their own, but it was the exuberance displayed by our clients during the ceremony that really hit home for us. It’s times like these that remind us of what we can achieve through strong, productive partnerships – and the results truly speak for themselves.

Our partnerships extend far beyond the realms of standard service provision. We passionately believe in providing a service predicated on quality over cost – supported by a structure and reporting platform that consistently communicates results so that we may learn from past mistakes or share best practices and enhance our sustainable waste management solutions.

Mark Harbard, Associate Director at Bywaters, said:

“We are delighted that the efforts made by employees at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, LandSec, and BNP Paribas Real Estate are being recognised and celebrated in this way.

“We are committed to pioneering ethical, innovative and responsible waste management solutions for our customers to reduce waste and promote environmental sustainability and these solutions are delivering some amazing results.

“The awards made to our customers are a welcome acknowledgement of our joint efforts.”

Our Commitment to Keep Making Improvements

2017 has been a great year for Bywaters, and we want to keep our performance levels high and continue to achieve great results. This year has seen us step up our fight against both carbon emissions and plastic pollution (with our successful ‘Plasticus’ campaign with Sky TV bringing huge awareness to the latter).

Bywaters is proud to be the UK’s premier recycling and waste management company, and we will keep working closely with our partners to stay on the cutting edge of the industry well into the future.


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