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Enabling continuous improvement through collaboration and education at AstraZeneca plant in Liverpool

AstraZeneca is a global pharmaceutical company with a major UK presence. Their purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. SUEZ recycling and recovery UK works with AstraZeneca at their manufacturing plant in Liverpool to map out and implement continuous improvements projects.

The mission

When it comes to their sustainability agenda, waste prevention is one of AstraZeneca’s main goals. Where prevention is not practical, the brand concentrates first on minimisation, then on appropriate treatment or disposal to maximise re-use and recycling, and reduce disposal to landfill.

Fostering employee engagement was recognised as one of the key elements of the continuous improvement planning. SUEZ needed to engage with a population of 360 employees based at the Liverpool plant to communicate the recycling targets and wider waste management strategy set out by AstraZeneca.

Our solution

SUEZ’s transformation team ran a recycling and waste awareness campaign that coincided with the International Earth Day in April 2017. The engagement campaign was designed to raise awareness about the benefits of the service (both environmental and business-related), generate employee buy-in and share best practice. The aim was to help educate employees about recycling and encourage correct materials segregation.

A circular economy-themed roadshows ran over the course of three days. As part of this engagement programme, SUEZ’s hazardous waste team ran two training sessions to share best practice and maintain high-level compliance. A new internal environmental employee engagement programme – a Green Team – was also launched as part of the multifaceted campaign.

The results

Thirty employees at AstraZeneca’s plant expressed their interest in becoming a member of the Green Team and championing recycling in the workplace.

Twenty-seven employees were trained during two hazardous waste training sessions ensuring on-site compliance and best practice sharing.

A general waste reduction project was also implemented as a result of the engagement and approximately 12,000 plastic milk bottles are now eliminated from the general waste stream every year as a result of introduction of new milk dispensers in plant’s canteens.

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