Staff Championing Change with New Support from Resource Efficient Scotland

Help cut waste at work, is the call from Zero Waste Scotland today (Monday the 10th  of August), as it launched a new package of support to help businesses encourage their staff to use energy, water and materials more efficiently.

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The free support – from the Resource Efficient Scotland service - includes a series of training workshops and webinars for managers to involve staff in reducing waste.  Workshops take place at Edinburgh Zoo on Wednesday the 19th and Tuesday the 25th of August, with a webinar taking place on Tuesday 11th of August.

Resource Efficient Scotland’s Staff Engagement Toolkit includes a range of professionally-designed materials that helps managers engage their staff, including free posters and stickers, staff training courses, quizzes and Green Team support tools.

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficiency at Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Everyone can help cut waste at work. Encouraging staff to be smarter with resources is crucial to better environmental performance, not to mention benefiting the bottom line.  For example, if just one person printed 40 fewer sheets of paper a week, the amount of paper saved in a year could reach end-to-end across the entire length of the pitch at Hampden – six times!

“We’ve got some great free workshops and webinars coming up, as well as a whole host of resources available to download from our website, and I would urge all businesses in Scotland to take advantage of these.”

Businesses can get the toolkit, which includes a quick guide to staff engagement and fun facts to help bring communications to life, and also book places at the workshops and webinars, by visiting

Case Study – Edinburgh Leisure Sees Recycling Rise while Savings Soar

Edinburgh Leisure, the not for profit company which manages sports and leisure facilities across the city on behalf of Edinburgh City Council, has engaged staff in resource efficiency changes with a voluntary green champion for each venue.  This has led to an increase in their recycling rate of 41%, with a resulting cost saving of £16,000 a year, and a 4% year on year reduction in their CO2 emissions.

Alan Hughes, Energy and Sustainability Manager at Edinburgh Leisure said:

“Our Green champions are very passionate and, coupled with the autonomy they are given to implement improvements they have been central to our progress to date.  The positive impact staff engagement has had on our resource efficiency performance is really recognised by our Strategic Leadership Team and Board Members which is crucial to securing continued investments of time and finance.

“The new tools and support from Resource Efficient Scotland will be a great way for organisations to get staff involved in changes and start saving money.”

Notes For Editors

  • Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) was launched in 2013 to help businesses, the public sector and the third sector save money by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Zero Waste Scotland.
  • Resource Efficient Scotland can also be referred to as “a programme of Zero Waste Scotland.”
  • Contact Resource Efficient Scotland on 0808 808 2268, open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources. 
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn

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m: 07540 517127

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