Veolia and West Berkshire Council are helping increase respect for the local waste teams
Every day, in all weathers, Veolia’s waste teams are busy collecting household rubbish and helping to keep West Berkshire clean and tidy. But they aren't just waste teams - in fact, they are helping fight climate change by recycling many of the everyday things we discard, and make a positive contribution to protecting and preserving our natural environment.
Unfortunately, not everyone recognises the valuable role they play in maintaining the environment we all share, with verbal and physical abuse by members of the public becoming a significant issue.
To help these dedicated teams Veolia is working in partnership with West Berkshire Council to help their operative workforce better manage the regular abuse they receive in their day to day work. The new scheme, called Expect Respect, demonstrates the Council’s commitment to supporting the workforce and is now being rolled out across the area before being launched nationwide. West Berkshire was chosen as the area to unveil this new initiative because of the good, long-standing relationship between West Berkshire Council and Veolia.
The training programme was developed by Veolia to help their workforce and is being implemented by a dedicated People Development team to maximise reach across operational sites. It has already been recognised for outstanding commitment to workplace training by gaining a Princess Royal Training Award (PRTA), presented by HRH Princess Anne, at a ceremony held at St James’s Palace in London last October.