July 19 2019 @ 10:52 by Steven Hugill
A port operator showed off its green credentials during a clean-up project.
PD Ports, headquartered in Middlesbrough, held its first Green Week to show its commitment to the communities it serves.
The event, held across PD Ports’ 13 nationwide locations, included a variety of activities, such as planting wild flowers, conducting beach clean-ups, car-sharing and creating planters from old hard hats.
Staff from the business’ sites at Teesport, Hartlepool and Billingham took part in the event, which included litter-picks around Hartlepool and a beach clean-up at South Gare, near Redcar, that filled a flatbed truck.
A team of 15 volunteers also spent a day at the RSPB Saltholme nature reserve, working on resurfacing paths that had been damaged by bad weather, while staff across the group saved 340 miles over the week thanks to a car-sharing exercise.
The initiative was the idea of the group’s Environmental Champions, who are responsible for ensuring PD Ports continues to improve its commitment to sustainability.
It also formed part of the work PD Ports undertakes within the ‘Redcar I Cleveland Ambassadors’ programme, of which chief executive Mr Calje is the chairman.
The programme is made up of 150 businesses and brings firms and communities together to boost the profile of Redcar and Cleveland as a destination for both business and leisure.
Frans said: “It’s vitally important for us to raise awareness of environmental issues and to actively get involved in preserving our environment for future generations.
“Making a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate is fundamental to the way in which we do business.
“The activities that took place will benefit the wider community and this is hugely important to our philosophy that what we do makes us who we are.
“The turnout across the business was hugely impressive and helped to not only raise environmental awareness but encourage teamwork and boost morale.”