Wolseley UK site announces zero waste to direct landfill

Published:  29 May, 2012

LEAMINGTON SPA: Wolseley UK’s entire Leamington Spa site is now zero waste to direct landfill, after the Wolseley Center, National Distribution Center (NDC) and Sustainable Building Center (SBC) all reached industry-leading waste targets.

Following a complete change in the way waste is handled, 99.8 per cent of waste at the NDC and 97.5 per cent of waste from the Wolseley Center is now recyclable, meaning that just 2.7 per cent of the site’s entire waste total is compacted and sent for incineration to generate electricity.

Wolseley UK worked with waste management and recycling specialists Biffa to analyse its waste and then implemented a system to achieve zero waste to direct landfill ambitions, while also receiving the maximum levels of rebate on recycling.

Centralised bins were introduced throughout the premises, allowing separation of cardboard, plastic, paper and vegetarian food waste at the point of disposal. Additional processes at the NDC were also implemented to recycle ceramics, timber and metal - along with backhauled recycling waste generated by branches. Worm farms were installed to process the site’s vegetarian food waste, which is turned into compost and used on plants at Wolseley UK’s Sustainable Building Center.

“It’s a complete loop. We produce the waste, process the waste, and then use the waste,” said John Page, site facilities manager at Wolseley UK. “All recycled waste is collected by Biffa and taken offsite to process and rebates are received for recyclable materials - meaning that the process runs at nil cost to the NDC part of the business and substantial cost reduction to the Wolseley Centre.”

Staff support was essential as a number of changes had to be implemented to achieve zero waste to landfill. In Wolseley Center, for example, all 400 bins under desks were removed and replaced with 80 central bins and staff had to be educated about the new facilities.

Mr Page added: “We put up signage next to the bins to ensure that people used the correct bin for their waste items. We also ran a competition asking staff to name our worm farms, which encouraged people to own our green agenda and helped us engage staff around green topics. “Having the correct systems in place meant that staff could really get behind the recycling drive. This news is a tremendous achievement for Wolseley UK and demonstrates our commitment to cut carbon emissions across our business.”

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