Essential Edinburgh scoops Silver Award

Forward thinking Business Improvement District (BID), Essential Edinburgh, has become the first BID in Scotland to achieve a National Award for Environmental Excellence.

On Thursday 15 December, we presented Essential Edinburgh with a Silver in the National Awards for Environmental Excellence acknowledges the BID’s continued commitment to improving environmental quality, and making it the first in its sector in Scotland to receive the commendation.

The accolade recognises the organisation’s achievements in delivering excellence in environmental quality.  The Business Improvement District has excelled in its provision of waste management in conjunction with Changeworks Recycling.

In addition to excellent waste management practices, the award audit also highlighted good safety practices emanating from partnership working with Police Scotland to address retail crime with (Check Out) also (Check In) for the hotel sector, Goldwatch working with the jewellers to combat high level crime, transport marshalling and the sharing of retail crime information with the retailers.

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh, commented: “We are delighted to become the first BID to receive this prestigious award from Keep Scotland Beautiful. Our waste management programme with Changeworks Recycling has brought about huge improvement in the city centre, with small and frequent internal collections of waste and recycling, 7 days a week, has enabled a 74% reduction in commercial bins on Rose Street providing a cleaner, tidier environment. Our ability to provide a more comprehensive, streamlined service has also led to significant cost savings for participating levy-payers, with savings of 25% on average.

“Enhancing the outstanding environment of the city centre is an important part of our work, and we are delighted to gain this recognition for our efforts.”

Throughout Scotland, over 100 business locations, from shopping centres, leisure and cultural trusts to train stations and ports, have been audited for a National Award for Environmental Excellence.

Further information on the awards is available on our website.

Pictured from left to right are: James Reilly, Essential Edinburgh Clean Team, Roddy Smith Essential Edinburgh Chief Executive and Colin Hegarty, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

14 December 2016

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