Destination green: Churchill collaborates with Arriva

February 7, 2018

Churchill has recently teamed up with Arriva Bus UK to assist with its ‘destination green’ sustainability programme.

Arriva Group is a multinational public transport company that provides bus, train, tram, ambulance, and waterbus services. Arriva Bus operates 19,500 buses across 15 European countries, and a key part of the organisation’s corporate objectives is to take an industry-leading approach to reducing the company’s footprint. To achieve this, Arriva launched the inaugural ‘destination green’ scheme, to encourage staff to take environmentally-friendly action on a day-to-day basis. Churchill has pledged to actively assist and collaborate with the team at Arriva to improve recycling processes, reduce cross-contamination, and dispose of waste effectively in order to improve the overall recycling rate.

We’re committed to minimising the amount of waste we send to landfill, so on-site waste segregation is absolutely key”, says Regional Engineering Director at Arriva Bus UK, Tom Large. “We were glad to find that Churchill shares this goal, and it’s been great to cooperate with the team to work towards achieving this.”

Churchill first began working with Arriva Group in 2013 when the team was awarded a train cleaning agreement by Arriva Trains across four depots in Bristol, Cambridge, Tyne Yard, and Eastleigh. Last year, the relationship extended to Arriva Bus UK, as Churchill additionally won a cleaning contract across the North East and Yorkshire regions. In total, the contract includes 832 buses across 30 depots and bus stations. Prior to taking on Churchill, Arriva had struggled to find a provider that met their needs. Now almost a year in, the wheels are fully in motion, and Churchill has implemented various schemes to up the ante and demonstrate a first-rate level of service. For example, ‘Recycling Champions’ have been appointed in each region to monitor, raise awareness, and highlight any opportunities to improve recycling; and Purex water systems have been rolled out as a method for reducing the amount of cleaning chemicals used across the contract.

Sustainability is a key factor when looking at long-term environmental focus within facilities management. Pledging to work alongside Arriva to help them reach their goals is a demonstration of the fantastic working partnership we have”, says Churchill Key Account Manager, Phil Matis. “We are confident that this is just the beginning of even better things to come.”

Mark Whyte, Operations Director – Midlands & North, says “The teams in both regions have worked incredibly hard to achieve consistent results and bring new ideas to the table. Providing sustainable alternatives to our service delivery is always on Churchill’s agenda, and we’re pleased to work with Arriva to help them achieve their own sustainability goals.”

The signed pledge is now hanging in Arriva’s UK headquarters in Wakefield.