Why it Matters
- Our approach to recycling and waste more generally is to adopt the following prioritisation: Reduce, Reuse, Rework, Recycle
- We aim to minimise general non-recyclable waste across the business and reduce use of landfill and other adverse environmental impacts
- We aim to be fully compliant with all relevant waste legislation
We aim for high levels of recycling across our business. All stores have cardboard balers and colour-coded bins to segregate waste for recycling. Training programmes and communication to increase colleague awareness and compliance are undertaken frequently.
Our Distribution Centres in Stoke recover and process our product packaging from our DC and store operations (cardboard and polypropylene) ready for recycling. We have further mixed recycling collections from our stores for paper, plastic bottles and cans which is then sorted and recycled offsite. We also recycle wooden pallets and metal fixtures. All electrical waste is recycled through a WEEE compliant scheme. Any remaining waste that is not sorted for recycling within the business is sent offsite for further sortation.
In the financial year ended 1 July 2017, Dunelm recycled 79% (2016: 78%) of waste and reduced general waste volumes by over 200 tonnes (-6.5%) in stores despite new store openings. Through collaboration with our waste partners, we have improved total Company landfill diversion to 92% (2016: 89%) and achieved 100% landfill diversion from our Distribution Centres in Stoke. We continue to work with our waste partners to identify alternative solutions to eliminate use of landfill for the remainder of our operational waste and we expect to achieve at least 94% landfill diversion next year.