Reusable can of water and biodegradable vegan cup Image- Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Service is reducing unnecessary waste and has more environmentally friendly options

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has committed to become more eco-friendly as an organisation and take measures to reduce their impact on the environment.

The Service has recently adopted new fully functioning electric vehicles as part of the ‘Go Green’ scheme. However it is now introducing further changes to help reduce unnecessary waste and implement more environmentally friendly options.

Some of the initiatives include introducing new takeaway vegan cups (and lids) in the canteen. These are fully compostable and break down after 12 weeks.

The cups are reusable for at least a working week. An incentive has also been introduced. A small discount being offered to staff members who reuse their cups at every purchase of a hot drink.

New compost bins have been issued in the building and the compostable waste from these are also offered out to staff for green spaces, such as allotments.

Also, the use of single use plastics has been reduced by removing single portion sauce packets and the use of paper bags instead of cling film.

No more plastic water bottles will be available to buy at the Service’s HQ. Instead recyclable and reusable water cans are now on offer. The Service has also issued lasting metal water bottles to all operational staff with a view to rolling this out across the organisation.

Head of Governance and Asset management, Christopher Ball, said:

“These new initiatives show our commitment to creating a more sustainable way of working. Environmental protection is an increasingly pressing issue and, as a Service, we are taking actions to use our resources more responsibly.

“Though these initiatives are initially small changes, we intend to create more positive examples of how we work with sustainability, both locally and nationally, and will be launching an Environmental and Sustainability Strategy in the near future to set out our aspirations going forward.”