Sadly, our industry is not accustomed to caring for our planet. Actually, doing business in general has been rather adverse to conscience and conservation. We want change, we want a better tomorrow and we want to lead by example with a commitment that extends far beyond the balance sheet.
As part of Elite’s commitment to the environment, we strive for sustainable best practice within the cleaning industry. Our Environmental Policy is focused on making a difference at every level; from the paper we use, the equipment and solvents we purchase to the modes of transport we use. Responsibility for the implementation of the policy on a day-to-day basis lies with every staff member. We also actively seek to establish relationships with suppliers able to demonstrate alignment with our Environmental Policy.
Additionally, Elite’s company vehicles are all registered with Greenfleet and we implement daily sustainability practices such as co-mingled, printer cartridge, battery and fluorescent tube recycling in our offices to reduce our carbon footprint.
Waste management in a business environment needs to be planned and implemented very carefully. Elite is committed to reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill and to increasing the amount of recycling material being collected. Elite, in consultation with several of our clients, has taken the initiative to remove under desk general waste bins in administration settings and has replaced them with under desk paper recycling boxes to minimise the amount of waste being sent to landfill. This innovation not only increases the amount of recycling being collected but can also represent a cost saving to our clients. Also by ordering cleaning materials and consumables in bulk this reduces the amount of packaging waste. Packaging is always disposed of responsibly using appropriately identified recycling bins. Where possible, Elite uses initiative to refill consumable containers (ie. soap) rather than purchasing single-use containers.
Cleaning operatives are trained to turn off all water taps, power switches, heating and air-conditioning equipment and electric lights in unused areas and after use at the end of each cleaning day. One of Elite’s standard cleaning practices is to aim to use the least amount of cleaning product that will successfully perform the job. Elite also uses microfiber products where possible to eliminate the need for chemical cleaning products. We are committed to using environmentally sensitive cleaning products which minimise adverse impacts on health and environment and we make it a practice not to use any hazardous chemicals.