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Introduction

WPD have performed consistently well in 2020/21 reducing the overall tonnage of waste which we produce and further reducing the waste we dispose of to landfill. As a result we are very much on target to achieve our RIIO-ED1 target by 2022-23.

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Waste

During 2021/22 we must continue to target the tonnage of waste we receive and produce across our business – employing the principles of the waste hierarchy and reducing the actual tonnage of waste in the first instance before focusing on the amount of waste being reused, recycled or recovered.

We will specifically:

  • Liaise with our manufacturers and suppliers to identify opportunities to reduce the amount of packaging and embedded waste entering our business.
  • Work with our Purchasing Team to ensure that waste reduction initiatives are a key requirement of future contracts where applicable.
  • Continue to work with our waste contractors and local depots to identify alternative disposal routes for our waste, increasing the amount of waste we recycle and reduce further our reliance on both landfill and recovery disposal.

Single use plastics

Single use plastics Our stakeholders are keen for us to reduce the amount of single use plastics entering our business. Reducing this waste stream supports not only our commitment of reducing waste overall but also our ambition to use resources more efficiently and sustainably and offers an excellent area for collaboration with our suppliers to reduce the environmental burden.

While good progress has been made with smaller items like vending machine cups further evaluation of our incoming goods is expected to yield more opportunities and examples where items may be substituted.

We will consult with our staff to identify where single use plastics are currently used in our depots and in products used on the network. This will give us a platform from which we will work with our manufacturers and suppliers to obtain more goods made from recycled plastics, eliminate plastic packaging and plastics which cannot be recycled in favour of more suitable materials.