21 November 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Facilities management firm OCS UK has announced a plan to reduce single-use plastics across its business.
It has launched a new statement of intent and plan of action about how "it can limit the impact of our operations on the environment".
Bob Taylor, CEO for OCS UK Ireland & Middle East, said: "Our business touches millions of people every week, and that means that we are in a position to make positive changes. For us, that means taking stock of how we manage waste across our business, being realistic about what we can do to improve, working with our suppliers and clients to ensure that improvements are made holistically, and making sustainable changes that will have a positive impact on our plastic use."
OCS has replaced plastic straws and sandwich bags across UK catering functions with more sustainable options; updated its procurement process to prioritise working with suppliers who share the business's vision.
In collaboration with waste management supplier Reconomy it has also started an education programme to encourage all those who interact with OCS to consider their own plastic use and formed a steering committee including suppliers Commercial Group and Reconomy to consider what the business can do to reduce the use of, and improve waste management of, single-use plastics across UK operations.
Facilities managers have "a huge footprint across both the public and private sectors and can collaborate with clients to help embed the necessary behavioural change for corporate consumers to follow through on these objectives" says the group.