Workshop on Waste Resource Management for World Environment Day

8 Jun

To mark the World Environment Day, which fell on the 5th of June, Aitken Spence organised a workshop on managing ‘waste resources’ for our contracted janitorial staff and several staff members from Group Security Division: waste resource management looks at converting waste into a useful resource without letting it become garbage.

Literature on this topic has been communicated to the executive staff on many occasions since the initiative to establish Environmental Management Systems within the subsidiaries (SBUs) was launched in January 2008. Following an initial training on waste segregation given to our janitorial staff in early parts of 2009, this programme was conducted as a follow-up workshop to increase awareness amongst all levels of staff on how to treat waste as a resource to ensure the longevity of our efforts.

Aitken Spence Property Development Ltd., and Group Security collaborated with Aitken Spence for this programme and 47 staff members were sensitised on the matter.

What is waste resource management?

Garbage is forming formidable mountains within Colombo city limits itself and landfill is becoming a prominent issue in Sri Lanka for which no inexpensive solutions are available to us. It hinders development efforts, obstructs aesthetic value, destroys bio-diversity and creates risk to the health and welfare of our communities.

Aitken Spence PLC attempted to convert waste into a resource without letting it become garbage by utilising the 7Rs. This concept was designed and introduced by our in-house consultant Mr. Ravi De Silva and has been very successfully implemented at Aitken Spence Hotels in Sri Lanka. It is now being implemented across the Group companies.

The 7Rs;

Reject Reject products, services, techniques, methods which cause significant environmental damage and that you can do without (Ex: Plastic, Polythene)
Reduce Reduce your energy, water and resource usage
Reuse Reuse what you have used to reduce impact
Reclaim If you cannot reuse 100% use whatever part that can be reclaimed.
Replace Replace products, services, methods with more environmentally friendly alternatives. (Ex: replace polythene bags with bio degradable bags, replace plastic files with cardboard files, replace vehicular transport with bicycles, walking or vehicle-pooling)
Repair Repair broken items without purchasing new items
Recycle Recycle products which cannot be reused as a whole

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