We are committed to being a responsible and sustainable business. We have driven multiple changes across Marston’s including zero waste to landfill, plastic-alternative straws across our pubs, a self-supply water license and one of the biggest private electric vehicle charger networks; all of which are contributing to a more efficient and sustainable Marston’s.

Marston’s has developed a broader environmental agenda that encompasses the entire business to ensure that in a changing world of energy and sustainability we:

  • Remain responsive to an ever-growing business
  • Develop plans with sustainability as the key ethos
  • Maintain a direct reporting structure into the executive board allowing for changes and ideas to happen quickly and efficiently

We're the first Pub Co to achieve zero waste to landfill

and our overall recycling rate has increased to 78%

We've installed rapid EV charge points across more than 100 of our pubs

making this the UK's largest private network of rapid EV chargers across hospitality sites

We've removed single-use plastic straws from our estate and bottles from our lodges

which saved 500,000 single-use bottles and reduced straw usage by 78% in the first year

Bedding from our lodges is recycled

benefitting multiple local charities and preventing it from going to landfill

Our pub garden furniture is now made from 100% recycled plastics

making use of 210 tonnes of low grade plastic otherwise destined for landfill or incineration

We operate our own water retail supplier licence

helping us to save over 81,000 pints of water a day

We have reduced our carbon footprint year on year

and have fitted LED lighting into all managed pubs to further reduce emissions

We've installed cardboard compactors at over 190 sites

improving cardboard quality for recyclers and reducing vehicle movements

Net Zero Roadmap

We are a member of Zero Carbon Forum, established to decarbonise the sector at pace and are supported by UK Hospitality and the BBPA. Working together we have developed a Net Zero plan that is in step with our market sector. The forum has written an industry roadmap to Net Zero, which will assist us in developing our own pathway.

Our plan to achieve Net Zero by 2040 can be summarised as follows. We aim to achieve carbon neutrality for our direct carbon emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 2030. This is bold but achievable. At the same time, we will be working with our supply chain to reduce our indirect emissions (scope 3) to achieve total Net Zero by 2040.

More details can be found in the 2021 Annual report and Accounts.

Environmental awards

In recognition of our environmental achievement Marston’s has won the following awards since 2018:

  • Gold at the Green World Awards Food & Drink/Waste Management in collaboration with UK Waste Solutions Ltd (UKWSL)
  • EMA Energy Management Awards – Energy Management Team of the Year
  • Edie Sustainability Leaders Award - Waste and Resource Management Project of the Year
  • Foodservice Equipment Journal Awards – Operator of the Year for Multi-Site Kitchen Projects and The Operator of the Year for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability award
  • Green Apple Environment Award - Gold trophy for waste management
  • National Recycling Awards – Partnership Excellence (Commercial) and
  • Footprint Drinks Sustainability Awards - Sustainable Use of Water Award & Waste Prevention and Management Award


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