The VetPartners team spent three hours litter picking
York Litter Pick Volunteers Collect 26 Bags Of Rubbish In Neighbourhood Clean-up
SWEET wrappers, bottles, cans, cigarette butts and fast food containers were among the dozens of items of litter cleaned up by colleagues from York-based veterinary group, VetPartners, during the UK’s largest mass-action environmental campaign.
Nearly 30 team members joined forces on Tuesday 29th March to take part in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean, which is taking place between March 25th and April 10th.
Three groups of volunteers from VetPartners, based at their head office at Spitfire House in Clifton Moor, York, spent three hours picking litter to help keep the surrounding area clean, green and litter-free.
They filled two recycling bags with bottles, six with items to be recycled and 18 with general rubbish. Among the other items collected were wine bottles, drinks cans, magazines, electrical cables, broken plastic guttering, carrier bags, fast food containers, envelopes, plastic drink bottles, plastic sheeting, lolly sticks and metal bolts.
VetPartners has committed itself and its 148 UK veterinary practices to ambitious environmental and charitable goals that put sustainability at the heart of everything the company does, and this week’s litter picking event was part of many green projects being undertaken by employees during 2022.
VetPartners Sustainability Manager Dr Hannah James said: “Litter can be harmful to wildlife and spoils people’s enjoyment of outdoor spaces. We wanted to do our bit to clean up the area around our head office.
“Litter picks not only clean up our public spaces, they also help to raise awareness about the extent of the litter problem, and encourage people to think carefully about what they do with their waste.
“We’re a close-knit team at VetPartners and getting outside for our litter pick was a great team bonding activity, and also helped us to connect us with our local community.”
Pet healthcare, like human healthcare, comes with a significant impact on the environment, especially with regards to waste and energy, and VetPartners is committed to making significant progress towards sustainability in its practices.
VetPartners was the first UK veterinary group to provide zero waste boxes for more than 300 of its sites in England, Scotland and Wales to recycle extra PPE, including gloves, aprons and masks, worn during the health crisis.
The recycling initiative, introduced in October 2020, is part of wider sustainability goals at VetPartners, which launched its first sustainability strategy in 2020, entitled Looking Forward Together.
VetPartners Sustainability Strategy: Looking Forward Together can be viewed on VetPartners’ website here: https://vetpartners.co.uk/app/uploads/2021/02/VetPartners-Sustainability-Strategy.pdf
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