DIY sector makes progress on waste targets

Published:  29 September, 2011

BIRMINGHAM: The UK's DIY sector has made significant progress towards meeting targets to reduce packaging and the amount of waste sent to landfill, said Wrap's chief executive Liz Goodwin.

Signatories to the Home Improvement Sector Commitment - a UK-wide voluntary agreement between DIY retailers and manufacturers and WRAP - have reduced packaging by 12% (14 000 tonnes) and waste sent to landfill by 64% (61 000 tonnes) between 2007 and 2010, she said.

The targets, which are based on a 2007 baseline and have a 2012 deadline, are to reduce packaging by 15% and landfill waste by 50%. The progress to date has been measured on a like-for-like basis to take account of the recession and a reduction in sales volume in the sector since the 2007 baseline.

Signatory companies to the Home Improvement Sector Commitment – Argos, B&Q, Crown Paints, Henkel, Homebase, ICI Paints, AkzoNobel and Wickes - represent almost half of the total UK home improvement retail sales.

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