Green ideal helps firms save money

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COMPANIES across Wigan have saved millions of pounds after signing a pledge to go green.

Firms signing up to the Environmental Business Pledge have made around £3.7m worth of savings since signing up to the free advice and award scheme launched in the borough last year.

In addition to the cost benefits of a more sustainable business policy, companies who have joined the scheme have also saved 30,000 cubic metres of water and diverted 41,000 tonnes of materials from landfill.

The scheme aims to help businesses save both money and the environment at the same time, and companies working in a way which helps the natural world receive gold, silver and bronze awards depending on their levels of success.

The pledge was launched by Manchester City Council in October 2011, and has been delivered by Wigan Council working in partnership with environmental regeneration charity Groundwork.

Council officers also took the chance to interest even more businesses in the scheme by handing out leaflets at the recent Wigan Expo.

Coun David Molyneux (pictured), deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We’re delighted with the achievements of this scheme over these last 12 months. There’s so much potential out there for companies to improve their environmental performance and save money.

“These savings can often be significant bringing benefits such as business growth, job creation, greater competitiveness and much more. The scheme has attracted interest from a vast range of local companies. I would encourage all businesses in the borough to consider it.”

To qualify for the Environmental Business Pledge in Wigan, companies must meet all the council’s rules and regulations on waste and have premises within the borough.

Companies receive advice on a range of green issues, including reducing carbon footprints, reducing energy usage and recycling. To find out more visit www.wigan.gov.uk/environmentalbusinesspledge or call 01942 489 177.