Excel to penalise eco-wasters

Excel is to introduce an environmental penalty scheme to discourage clients from using non-recyclable products at the London venue. The move was announced by Excel managing director (conferences and events) Vanessa Cotton earlier today during her seminar presentation entitled ‘Making business sense of CSR’ at the Eventia Summer Conference. Excel has set a target of the end of this year to update its waste policy. It is thought that it will apply to any non-recyclable waste that will not fit inside a standard wheelie bin. Those creating the waste will then be billed for landfill charges and transport costs. “We hope that it will have a cascade effect in terms of getting people to use environmentally friendly products and we are pretty sure it will,” said Cotton. "We want to work in partnership with our clients on this." The move is part of a wider CSR push by the venue that has already seen it roll out a number of community initiatives and is currently focussing on the environment. Another project Cotton announced was the introduction of a 14-metre wormery at Excel next week to turn waste food from events into compost. Looking ahead, Cotton also confirmed that her goal was to see Excel become carbon negative. “This is certainly a long term aim and we will be looking at using solar panels and energy provided using water from the docks, but we are a long way off. We are still at the stage where people are dumping great piles of carpet after events, so we need to tackle those issues first.”

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