Connected with our communities

We want to have a positive and welcoming presence in our communities. From open days at our sites to classroom sessions in schools and employees giving their time – there are many ways we connect with our communities.

We deliver education and outreach programmes to the local community. Since 2010, we have given recycling education lessons to over 110,000 pupils from local schools as well as a further 67,000 members of the local community.

In 2013, Veolia employees contributed over 9,200 hours to local community projects. Our volunteering policy gives employees the opportunity to take a paid half-day volunteering with a community or environmental project of their choice. Not only does this equip our people with transferable skills such as project management, communication and teamwork, it also gives a helping hand to local neighbourhoods.
 

22 open days at our sites across the UK, attracting over 3,800 visitors

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9,200 hours of employee volunteering

 

Helping people understand sustainability

Awareness of food waste
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Making 1,000 meals from surplus food

Every year in the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food. If we all stopped wasting food, it would have the same environmental impact as taking one in five cars off the road. So we invited local residents to a free Big Lunch at Bestwood Country Park in Nottingham. All 1,000 meals cooked for the challenge were prepared with surplus food from food banks, supermarkets and food markets, helping to raise awareness of the amount of perfectly good food that goes to waste each year.

Supporting sustainable fashion
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Upcycling hits the catwalk

Almost a third of the clothes in our wardrobes haven’t been worn in the last year and 350,000 tonnes of clothing goes into landfill in Britain every year. We supported Estethica, the British Fashion Council’s initiative for sustainable fashion. The winner was Liora, a young fashion graduate who produced an upcycled capsule collection thanks to a mentoring programme sponsored by Veolia. At Brighton’s Sustain Fashion Show, we sponsored the graduate section showcasing recycled work by new designers.

Putting old paint back to use
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The Dulux dog launches RePaint

Paint is counted as hazardous waste and yet every year roughly 50 million litres end up in landfill or are incinerated. The Dulux Dog opened two new Community RePaint schemes this year. Since RePaint launched in 2010, more than 16,000 litres of free paint have been given to families and groups in need.

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Visualising plastic waste

Plastic takes up to 1,000 years to decompose. The UK uses over 5 million tonnes of plastic each year, of which an estimated 24% is currently being recovered or recycled. We commissioned artist Faith Bebbington to create a stunning tiger made from over 300 recycled milk bottles. It prowled St Pancras International station and raised funds to save tigers in the wild.