3 September 2018 | Prithvi Pandya
Support services and construction group Interserve has renewed its £2 million partnership with Edinburgh Zoo to deliver facilities services.
The five-year contract covers cleaning, security, park presentation, and waste disposal and washroom services for the 82-acre site.
Interserve has worked with Edinburgh Zoo since 2013 and has introduced the removal of high-visibility clothing in certain areas in order not to upset the animals.
Additionally, the provider promotes recycling and upcycling to reduce waste to landfill. The is important for the zoo's penguins, who can become ill from eating debris such as cigarette ends and lollipop sticks left around the site.
Interserve has removed its diesel vehicles from across the site and invested in electric vans to support animal welfare. It is also working with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) Green Team to educate visitors about how they can minimise their environmental impact through its 'Paws vs Plastic' campaign.
Jeff Flanagan, managing director - commercial at Interserve, said: "We're pleased to be extending our partnership with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland to ensure it continues to educate people for years to come.
"It's a challenging but exciting place to work and our teams work in close partnership with the zoo to meet customers' high expectations while respecting the needs of its animal residents."