Environmental Policy

 

Purpose & Scope

Tonbridge & Malling Leisure Trust (TMLT) recognises that many of our activities provide an important opportunity to protect and improve the environment in which we work and serve and is focussed on managing and reducing the environmental impacts of our own business and that of our suppliers. The Trust therefore attributes a high priority to the development and use of materials, products, processes and services that seek to reduce environmental damage and waste.
In particular throughout our business and in all our activities, in conjunction with Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council (TMBC), we will:

  • Utilise, wherever economically viable, the efficient use of energy, water and materials, the sustainable use of renewable resources and the reduction of adverse environmental impacts
  • Contribute to the conservation and protection of the natural environment
  • Search for, propose and, wherever reasonably practical, adopt low-polluting technologies, processes and practices, employing environmentally sound waste management techniques such as: source reduction and improved specification, re-use, re-cycling and increase use of refuse derived fuel (RDF), waste to energy including anaerobic digestion to reduce landfill.
  • Ensure compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2007. (Updated Feb. 2011)
  • Operate processes that are prescribed under the Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part 1 (OR Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999), and observe the requirements laid down by The Environment Agency.
  • All major incidents of environmental pollution involving TMLT or its sub-contractors will be investigated and action taken to mitigate its effects and prevent any re-occurrence. Any incident will be reported promptly as prescribed in the Environmental Management System (EMS).
  • Expect our business partners, sub-contractors and major suppliers to share our concern for the environment, and to work with us in identifying and applying best practice.
  • Empower and encourage our staff to make informed environmental choices by providing relevant information and offering affordable alternatives.
  • Regularly measure key aspects of our environmental performance and periodically report progress against benchmarks and targets to all stakeholders: TMLT, partners, customers, employees, and the wider community.

 

Policy Aims

We endeavour to:

  • Comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.
  • Continually improve and monitor environmental performance.
  • Continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.
  • Incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.
  • Increase employee awareness and training.

 

We will achieve these by:

Introduce and implement a waste management policy of REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE

  • We will minimise the use of paper in the office.
  • We will reduce packaging as much as possible.
  • We will seek to buy recycled and recyclable paper products.
  • We will reuse and recycle all paper where possible.

Incorporate within a procurement strategy a process that recognises the Trust's responsibility to a sustainable future

  • Sustainability is a criteria when procuring supplies and services
  • Monitoring of Contractors to ensure that they fulfil their legal environmental obligation as a minimum.

Review operation to ensure water is used as efficiently as possible

  • We will seek to reduce the amount of water used as much as possible.
  • Percussion taps and waterless urinals will be used were ever possible.

Provide information, training, instruction and encouragement to staff to empower them to make greener choices

  • We will involve staff in the implementation of this policy, for greater commitment and improved performance.
  • We will update this policy annually in consultation with staff and other stakeholders where necessary.
  • We will provide staff with relevant environmental training.

Review operations in order to minimise the Trust's impact on the local outdoor environment

  • We will favour more environmentally friendly and efficient products wherever possible, including pesticides.
  • We will ensure that car park lighting is seasonally controlled and only in use when facilities are open.

Respond to recommendations of ESOS and DEC audits

  • Recommendations considered with agreed actions being included into the EMS action plan.

 

Communication of the Policy

The latest revision of this policy will be displayed on staff notice boards, or otherwise brought to the attention of all employees. It will also be brought to the attention of our business partners.