RAI Amsterdam combats waste

New social experiment: RAI ZERO WASTE LAB

RAI Amsterdam has a zero waste ambition, seeing waste as material with a potential for reuse. All RAI waste is used as a raw material for new products and fully recycled. To increase the separation percentage, seventy RAI Amsterdam employees were given a unique insight into the value of waste during the RAI Zero Waste LAB, a social experiment organised together with waste collection partner Renewi.

Cost-saving and environmentally friendly
The RAI Zero Waste LAB experiment involved analysing residual waste from offices, events and the cafeteria. Employees discovered that, after proper separation, raw materials no longer have to be seen as residual waste. The waste consisted of materials such as paper, plastic and organic waste; types of waste that are much cheaper to dispose of and process than residual waste. Eventually only 9% of the residual waste that was supplied to the lab remained left over as residual waste. Translated throughout the year, this could result in annual cost savings of over €150,000 euros, proving that waste separation really pays off in financial terms too.

Frontrunner in waste management
With its waste management strategy RAI Amsterdam aims to be among the ‘world’s best class’ within the conference and event industry. As an ambitious pioneer, RAI Amsterdam has been investing in innovative solutions towards more efficient waste management since 2007. A great deal of progress has been made: since 2012, the RAI and Renewi (part of the Shanks Group) successfully completed a ‘zero waste’ trajectory.

For more information about waste management and CSR at RAI Amsterdam, see the 2015 Sustainability Report.

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