Managing our waste

As a global company with over 28,000 employees, Go-Ahead recognises the importance large businesses must play in terms of safeguarding our future and looking after the environment.

We recognise that we must work responsibly as a large business and work to reduce our carbon footprint, reduce waste and prevent pollution.

At a Head Office level, we report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in accordance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, the UK government’s Environmental Reporting Guidance methodologies and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Conversion Factors for Company Reporting 2018. 

Our devolved operating companies have their own local initiatives for helping the environment and, specifically, reducing waste. In rail, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is part of the “Zero to Landfill” scheme, dramatically increasing the proportion of waste it recycleResps. Zero to Landfill is based on segregating the waste into three different streams: standard recycling (paper, cans and plastic bottles), general waste (anything contaminated, such as sweepings from the platform) and organic (coffee grounds, tea bags).

Before London Blackfriars station committed to Zero to Landfill, the station was recycling around only 30 per cent of its waste – it is now up to 75 per cent.

Supporting local communities

Every local operating company works within their local communities to make a difference.

Morebus, part of Go South Coast, has teamed up with local volunteer group, Litter-free Purbeck to help reduce coastal, urban and rural litter.

3.5m  daily visitors

to Purbeck in Dorset - causes significant damage and littering

The Purbeck peninsula in Dorset, England, receives more than 3.5 million daily visitors, but with that brings significant damage to the environment, and lots of litter.  For the campaign, Morebus decorated Purbeck Breezer buses with stickers. Some services carried bins on board to encourage passengers to dispose of their rubbish when travelling. 

Our aim is to lead the way as a responsible business, embedding a culture where we work together to reduce our waste and carbon footprint and improve the communities we serve.