177 million tonnes of waste is generated every year in England alone. The Port of Dover has sought to play its part in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and 2013 was the first year in which 100% landfill avoidance was achieved for the Port’s general waste stream. Europe’s busiest ferry port also continues to cut its emissions, including recording a extraordinary 25% in carbon reductions since 2006.
The Port of Dover recognises that its staff are a key resource in promoting a positive environmental culture. As such, the Port’s annual Green Week commenced this week (8th – 14th December), focusing on reducing and managing waste, and how it affects all Port staff as well as the environment they work in.
This year’s theme for Green Week is ‘Waste and Recycling, ’ which raises staff eco-awareness and encourages a more eco-friendly approach to the workplace. The guiding principles are to understand why we need to reduce our waste, the benefits of collective action, and together identifying ways to reduce waste and improve recycling..
Vicki Jago, Environmental Manager at the Port of Dover said: “Managing Europe’s busiest ferry port whilst protecting such a special environment is a challenge, but we are determined to do just that. That is why we are committed to ensuring that the Port of Dover remains at the forefront of best environmental practice within the industry, promoting a positive environmental culture and seeking continuous improvement in environmental performance for the benefit of our customers and community.”