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7th February 2020

Marston’s Win at National edie awards with Partner UK Waste Solutions Ltd (UKWSL)

Marston’s and UKWSL collecting their award

Marston’s has won ‘Waste and Resource Management Project of the Year’ at the 2020 edie sustainability leaders awards in collaboration with UKWSL. The award follows a successful year for Marston’s in sustainable practice and achievements across the hospitality industry.

The award win recognises Marston’s partnership work with UKWSL on waste reduction and management over the entirety of Marston’s estate.

From the outset of the relationship between Marston’s and UKWSL, both sides have had the same ambition and goal to reduce environmental impact. The collaborative partnership began in 2016 and initiated targets to:

  • Recycle Marston’s food waste at 80% of its food-led pubs.
  • Segregate dry mixed recycling across 80% of the estate.
  • Recycle glass bottles at 95% of all pubs.
  • Achieve zero waste to landfill by 2020.

The success of the project not only achieved and exceed all targets, but also made Marston’s the first large pub company to achieve zero waste to landfill in 2018, two years in advance of the original target.

Jonathan Davies, Waste and Recycling Co-ordinator at Marston’s, said: “We are extremely proud to receive this award and gain this type of recognition. We have built a great partnership with UKWSL and the results we have achieved so far is definitely a joint effort, so to win this award is a great achievement for us both.”

The commitment between UKWSL and Marston’s to change the working culture, has meant recycling is now at the forefront of the agenda for all employees. Waste related e-learning content is available online and is included as part of the induction programme. This cultural change has ensured recycling rates has increased from 60% to 77%.


Editor’s Notes

For more information on the edie sustainability leaders awards, please visit:

Later this year Marston’s approach to waste reduction will feature in the prestigious ‘The Green Book’, an annual publication featuring international work of environmental best practice.

Marston’s has over 14,000 employees and has an estate of approx. 1500 pubs across the UK.

Marston’s Energy team awards –

  • Waste Prevention and Management – 2019 winner at Footprint Drinks Sustainability Award
  • Sustainable Use of Water – 2019 winner at Footprint Drinks Sustainability Award
  • EMA Energy Team of the Year – 2018
  • Partnership Excellence Commercial Award (won with UKWSL partner) – MRW National Recycling Awards 2019

For more information on UKWSL, please contact: or call: 01636 640 744

For more information on Marston’s, please contact Charlotte Collins at their press agency on: 01926 338811 or