Packaging manufacturer Coveris has celebrated Earth Day 2018 by engaging colleagues in environmental awareness initiatives and developing new partnerships within local communities. The initiatives, to help improve areas nearby to its operating sites, have involved litter picks, a beach clean, tree planting and recycling competitions. Over two tonnes of waste have now been collected by Coveris teams during Earth Day activities.
Coordinated by Earth Day Network, Earth Day is the world’s largest environmental movement with over one billion people taking part in activities each year. Coveris’ association with Earth Day commenced in 2017 when a team at its Winsford site completed litter picks in its surrounding industrial estate.
Following the success and level of employee engagement on Earth Day 2017, Coveris’ films division decided to expand its involvement to each of its five locations. The sites, in addition to a further Coveris cartonboard site, planned environmental initiatives unique to its location for greater impact. In total over 130 Coveris employees participated in Earth Day initiatives with 264 hours volunteered and over two tonnes of waste collected.
Carl Quinn, Environment & Sustainability Co-ordinator at Coveris said: “It has been an exciting week at Coveris with so many valuable activities taking place for Earth Day 2018. A big thank you to our colleagues for their enthusiasm in supporting such an important event. We now plan to partner with local authorities to assist in projects throughout the year, keeping Coveris at the forefront of change within the environment and communities in which we operate.”
Jim Barrowcliffe, Laboratory & Compliance Manager at Coveris who participated in litter picking in Winsford added: “Following last year`s event it was excellent to see even more enthusiasm first hand at Coveris Winsford. Earth Day is a great initiative and I’m looking forward to seeing more events throughout the year, supporting the environment in our local community.”
Laura Allen, Health and Safety Manger for the Coveris Paper Division commented: “This is the first year we have participated in Earth Day and look forward to expanding activities to all of our sites in 2019. This is a very rewarding initiative and one that we are proud to be part of.”