Caddick Construction, the family-run Yorkshire-based construction company, are aiming to become a single-use plastic free workforce, by shifting to reusable water bottles across the company.
The construction firm is giving reusable 500ml aluminium drinks bottles to all of its 119 staff, as well as removing all plastic cups next to water coolers. It will also be encouraging sub-contractors on its sites to similarly focus on reducing plastic waste.
This move comes as the government is weighing up a number of initiatives to reduce the use of single-use plastics, and as public awareness of the issue has increased. In January, the Environmental Audit Committee found that the UK throws away 2.5 billion plastic cups every year. The country also uses over 3 billion plastic bottles a year, with 40% of those ending up in landfill.
Staying hydrated and focused is especially important in construction, and Caddick Construction wants to ensure that its whole workforce can replenish fluids throughout the day whilst supporting a sustainable environmental model for the entire industry.
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.”
Caddick Construction and Caddick Civil Engineering are the operational arms of Caddick Group PLC. Offering more than 35 years’ experience across a range of market sectors including commercial, education, industrial, leisure, refurbishment, residential, care, retail, mixed use and fit out. The Group employs almost 500 people and its turnover exceeds £150m.
Caddick Construction was recently named the Best Main Contractor to Work With (£50m-£250m turnover) by Construction Enquirer, and was recognised as a considerate constructor and the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Site Awards.