handling waste

We want to reduce the amount of waste we produce in the first place, and then ensure it is recycled wherever possible.

why do we care?

Disposing of waste is an expensive business and impacts both our bottom line and the environment if it is not done responsibly.

We strive to minimise our packaging on our products and, wherever possible, ensure it is recyclable too.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive came into force on 1 July 07. Under this legislation old electrical items must not be disposed of with standard waste, but should be taken to a central collection point for recycling.

All electrical items used in the home can now be taken to a participating site to be recycled. This applies to mains or battery powered items such as televisions, large appliances such as washing machines, smaller appliances such as toasters, tools and toys powered by electricity.

We have joined together with many other UK retailers to establish a national fund. This Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS) gives funding to local council waste sites so they can receive electrical waste from you and arrange for it to be recycled.

As we are a member of the DTS scheme we currently do not offer a take back scheme in our stores.

In line with new legislation on battery take back, we now provide in-store recycling for customers to deposit their used batteries. All stores have a battery recycling box located close to the front of the store. As a responsible retailer we will recycle all used batteries that are returned to our stores.

More details on the recycling of electrical waste, including details of your nearest collection site can be found at www.recycle-more.co.uk opens link in new window

our commitments
  • By 2012 at least 90% of our waste (by weight generated) will be reclaimed, composted or recycled
  • By 2020 no more than 2% of waste (by weight) should be sent to landfill
  • Systematic review of all packaging delivering a minimum cut by weight of 15% by 2012 (Courtaulds commitment)
Waste & Resources Action Programme (wrap) press release PDF
what we've achieved so far
  • Trialled removal of traditional general skips and introduced more segregated waste streams. CO2 emissions from waste are down 40% driven largely by the removal of general skips and their replacement with 1100 litre recycling wheelie bins in half of our store estate. This has increased store recycling rates by more than 60%.
  • Introduction of reusable carrierpacs for kitchen worktops has saved more than one million pounds a year on packaging costs, along with a reduction of 1,200 tonnes of cardboard no longer being generated and therefore reaching the waste stream each year
  • Redesigned and reduced the size of packaging on a number of lighting products, removing significant amounts of plastic and polystyrene