In the last year we have achieved zero waste to landfill status at both our head office in Cheltenham and our UK DC at Burton-on-Trent.
We aim to also attain this status at our Belgian DC in the coming months. The zero waste to landfill goal has enabled us to partner with waste management firms who place value on reducing environmental impact and we have increased our recycling rates as a result. For example recycling rates at our UK DC have now reached 91%.
The vast majority of our stores are located within shopping centres and although we encourage the segregation and recycling of all store waste, the final destination of this waste is dependent on the waste contracts the landlord has in place. In our stores that are located in high street locations we manage the waste we set recycling guidance for stores to adhere to – store recycling rates currently sit at about 70%.
We always aim for a process of continual improvement in waste disposal, identifying individual waste streams and improved disposal methods. Last year we introduced food waste recycling to our head office in Cheltenham – this waste is now segregated and goes to create sustainable biogas rather than to landfill.