Essential Edinburgh earns national environmental award

Forward-thinking Business Improvement District (BID) gains silver accreditation from Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has accredited Essential Edinburgh with a Silver in the National Awards for Environmental Excellence. The award acknowledges the organisation’s continued commitment to improving environmental quality, and makes it the first in its sector in Scotland to receive the commendation.

The accolade recognises the organisation’s achievements in delivering excellence in environmental quality.  The Business Improvement District has excelled in its provision of waste management in conjunction with Changeworks Recycling.


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In addition to excellent waste management practices, the award audit also highlighted good safety practices emanating from partnership working to address retail security, transport marshalling, child safety, hotel check in initiatives and sharing of CCTV information.

The National Award for Environmental Excellence is open to companies and organisations throughout Scotland and acts as a benchmark for corporate environmental performance. All entrants are assessed by the Keep Scotland and can be awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold level.

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh, commented: “We are delighted to become the first BID to receive this prestigious award from Keep Scotland Beautiful. Our waste management programme with Changeworks Recycling has brought about huge improvement in the city centre, with small and frequent internal collections of waste and recycling, 7 days a week, has enabled a 74% reduction in commercial bins on Rose Street providing a cleaner, tidier environment. Our ability to provide a more comprehensive, streamlined service has also led to significant cost savings for participating levy-payers, with savings of 25% on average.

“Enhancing the outstanding environment of the city centre is an important part of our work, and we are delighted to gain this recognition for our efforts.”

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is working closely with businesses and organisations across Scotland, helping them take direct action to address local environmental impact. The National Award for Environmental Excellence provides an exciting opportunity to assess and reward their efforts.

“We are delighted with the achievements of Essential Edinburgh - which secured the first ever award in its sector. The Business Improvement District has set its sights particularly high in terms of improving environmental quality standards and we are pleased to recognise and celebrate their efforts.”

Throughout Scotland, over 100 business locations, from shopping centres, leisure and cultural trusts to train stations and ports, have been audited for a National Award for Environmental Excellence. Further information on the awards, and how to enter, can be found at: