National Recycling week: Boost recycling in the workplace and in the local community

24 September 2019 . United Kingdom

Recycle Week (23-29 September) is a national celebration of recycling. The aim of the week is to encourage everyone to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from both in the office and at home.

Beach Clean

Bupa is supporting Recycle Week by challenging our people to rethink what they throw away and encouraging everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle more.  During the week, we’re providing opportunities for our people to learn about living more sustainably, followed by an office recycling challenge to help put knowledge into practice. We are also working in the wider communities to support local green initiatives in the Brighton & Hove area, where our Bupa Global offices are located.

At Bupa, we know that our customers, our people and the communities in which we operate have an expectation that we must grow and operate sustainably. That’s why our recycling efforts are ongoing throughout the year too. In August 2019, Bupa co-sponsored the inaugural Brighton Pride Beach Clean in which Bupa people joined over 1,000 volunteers to help clear two tonnes of rubbish from the seafront after Brighton Pride. In total, 1.5 tonnes of recyclables that were destined for landfill were successfully sorted and sent to be recycled.

We’ve also supported the Green Centre Brighton, through our Bupa Cares Community Grant scheme, on their mission to educate children and adults on the importance of recycling and living sustainably. Jenny Avon, Intermediary Sales Advisor Bupa Global, applied for the grant earlier this year on behalf of the not-for-profit company said, “I volunteer with the Green Centre as a director in my spare time and so when I heard about the Bupa Cares Community Grants programme, I jumped at the opportunity to apply.”

The Bupa Cares Community Grant will be used to build the recycling resource boxes and beach clean kits, which will help empower the local community to take tangible action to tackle global warming and climate change. The resource boxes contain the 50+ items recycled by the Green Centre, samples and literature about each material, as well as information on plastics.

Melanie Rees, Creative Director and Founder of the Green Centre, said: “We hope that the resource boxes will offer a chance for people to learn more about recycling within their office, school or community group setting. The beach clean kits will also make a big difference to the co-ordination of the beach cleans. Previously, the Green Centre was having to borrow the equipment from various sources. With their own equipment the Centre can now focus on repeat beach cleans and involve more volunteers for individual events.”

Across Bupa, we are committed to improving our recycling efforts to help support a healthier planet for our customers, the society they live in and future generations to come.

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

Health insurance accounts for the major part of our business with 16.7m customers and contributes around 75% of revenue. We operate clinics, dental centres and hospitals in some markets, with around 15m customers. We care for around 22,300 residents in our aged care businesses in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Spain.

We directly employ around 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Turkey, the US, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

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