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Our Policies

We aim for high levels of recycling across our business, and our Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle policy supports our approach. 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 dry 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 and wherever possible we aim to generate energy from waste.

In the first instance we will aim to sell “less than perfect stock” to our customers who are looking for a bargain. We also work with over 100 charity partners nationwide to donate homewares items that cannot be sold to customers. This helps us support our communities and minimise our environmental impact.

Measuring our Impact

Last year Dunelm recycled 75% (2017: 79%) of waste. We increased our food waste collections, which is turned into energy, to over 100 tonnes in stores. Total company landfill diversion increased again to 95% (2017: 92%) and we have achieved 100% landfill diversion from our Distribution Centres in Stoke.

Key policy objectives

  • Our approach to recycling and waste more generally is to adopt the following prioritisation: Reduce, Reuse, Rework, Recycle
  • To minimise general non-recyclable waste across the business and reduce use of landfill and other adverse environmental impacts
  • To be fully compliant with all relevant waste legislation

What’s next for 2018/19

  • Introduction of Food Waste collections to over 140 stores across the country allowing reduction of waste to landfill volumes and generating energy from waste
  • All sites have been environmentally audited by our in-house audit team
  • Internal marketing campaigns completed to raise awareness
  • Landfill diversion rate has increased to 95% from 92% last year
  • 12 show and tell waste audits including waste bin emptying have been completed throughout the store network, providing valuable education and awareness to colleagues and store managers
  • De-compostable take-away food and drink containers, and cutlery have been introduced in our Support Centres to reduce the impact on the environment
  • Held a World Environment Day event at our Leicester Support Centre to raise awareness amongst colleagues of how we can minimise our impact
  • Award finalist for recycling initiatives and progress at both the National Recycling Awards and the Recycling Excellence Awards in 2018

2017/18 achievements

  • Introduction of Food Waste collections to over 140 stores across the country allowing reduction of waste to landfill volumes and generating energy from waste
  • All sites have been environmentally audited by our in-house audit team
  • Internal marketing campaigns completed to raise awareness
  • Landfill diversion rate has increased to 95% from 92% last year
  • 12 show and tell waste audits including waste bin emptying have been completed throughout the store network, providing valuable education and awareness to colleagues and store managers
  • De-compostable take-away food and drink containers, and cutlery have been introduced in our Support Centres to reduce the impact on the environment
  • Held a World Environment Day event at our Leicester Support Centre to raise awareness amongst colleagues of how we can minimise our impact
  • Award finalist for recycling initiatives and progress at both the National Recycling Awards and the Recycling Excellence Awards in 2018

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