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Achieving zero waste to landfill in UK life sciences campuses

More than 800 metric tons of waste have been diverted across three properties.

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Harrison Street, a Colliers investment management firm, engaged a local property management company as its operating partner for life science properties in the UK in its pursuit of achieving zero waste to landfill.

Achieving zero waste to landfill in UK life sciences campuses

All organizations in the UK that produce, recover or dispose of waste are responsible for applying a waste hierarchy ranking system with five waste management options, ranked in order from most to least environmental friendliness: Prevent; Reuse; Recycle; Recover; Dispose/Landfill. They must also issue declarations that they have done so as part of a duty of care.

With its operating partner, Harrison Street performed a waste audit at each campus. We subsequently launched initiatives that included new receptacles (including those designed for hazardous waste) as well as educational forums to promote awareness of the zero waste goals and ensure occupants knew how to comply with the program’s requirements. Meanwhile, we worked with trash haulers that could measure the amount diverted, procure greener materials, and introduce more recycling streams onsite.

Harrison Street achieved zero waste to landfills at our Colworth Park, Kent, and Technopole life science properties in 2022. More than 800 metric tons of waste have been diverted. These properties monitor and share their monthly waste statistics with occupiers to celebrate these environmental successes and encourage ongoing education.