Caddick aims for plastic-free workforce

21 September 2018 | By Neil Gerrard

Yorkshire-based contractor Caddick Construction has announced it wants to make its workforce single-use plastic free, as it handed out reusable water bottles to workers across the company.

The construction firm has given 500ml aluminium drinks bottles to all of its employees as well as removing all plastic cups next to water coolers.

It will also encourage subcontractors to reduce their plastic waste.

The move was prompted in part by the Environmental Audit Committee’s finding in January that the UK throws away 2.5bn plastic cups every year, while also using over 3bn plastic bottles a year, 40% of which end up in landfill.

Ian Plowman, operations director at Caddick Construction, said: “Caddick Construction has always been committed to our sustainability targets, and we’re excited to take a big step toward eliminating plastic wastage. The construction industry made huge strides in recent years in tackling other forms of environmental damage, and with plastic waste in the public eye following Blue Planet II, it is a logical next frontier.”

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