We recognise that our operations have an effect on the local, regional, and global environment and we are committed to achieving the highest standards of environmental performance, preventing pollution, and minimising the impact of our operations. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment by reducing landfill and replacing high-energy equipment with more efficient models. Alan Brand – Head of Hotel and Conference Services
As well as the normal focus areas of machinery and equipment, materials and supplies, household management and recycling, the team at the Greenlands Estate also have an ongoing riverbank and estate environment policy to maintain their surrounding natural environment.
Since achieving BS ISO14001 for Environmental Management in 2010, Greenlands has gone on to implement numerous systems to continue to improve its sustainability; segregating waste for recycling has been common practice on the estate for many years.
In January 2011, Greenlands started working alongside kompost ltd to divert all uncooked food waste via specially designed wormeries. The resulting worm casts went back into the gardens of the estate to bolster productivity.
In June 2012, Greenlands stepped it up a notch by investing in two in-vessel composters. These komposter™ units are able to process cooked and uncooked food waste and, instead of having the food waste collected and sent to an anaerobic digester many miles away, it is now composted on site.
In the summer of 2013, Greenlands went full circle by establishing raised beds, with its own compost, to grow herbs for the kitchen.
In early 2014, the housekeeping staff began working with CleanConscience, to redirect their waste toiletries from landfill and incinerators. Waste hand-soaps are collected and re-purposed into new bars for distribution by health organisations, to reduce disease in areas of the world where hygiene is extremely poor. Part-used bottled toiletries are also collected. Any remaining product is removed and re-purposed, allowing the empty plastic bottles to be diverted from landfill and sent to an EfW facility.
This is a FIRST for the UK hospitality industry and Greenlands is proud to be at the forefront of this innovative new recycling initiative.
Henley Conferences at Greenlands have achieved a significant number of environmental accreditations – the full list of current accreditations can be seen on their website www.henleyconferences.co.uk