Travis Perkins demonstrates benefit of waste management

Published:  30 April, 2014

Travis Perkins Group’s Environmental Improvement Scheme has seen positive results, with £5m saved in waste disposal costs.

The savings were made by simple segregation of cardboard, plastic, timber, and other materials held at branches, and the Group has continued to achieve strong results by recycling its own materials. It also offers a range of waste services to customers, and has an exclusive partnership with Hippobag, which includes UK-wide bagged waste collection.

John Leader, head of waste management solutions at Travis Perkins, explained: “Travis Perkins and the wider Group have an aspirational goal of zero waste to landfill, which we hope to achieve predominately through the segregation of materials. This not only helps the environment, but saves the Travis Perkins Group around £5m per year with branches now recycling up to 85% of waste. We now feel a similar approach can benefit our customers.

“We have learnt a lot from our own process of improving waste management; it has helped us to understand the importance of a compliant supplier, the necessity to offer an extensive choice of solutions, and the value of being able to offer products such as the Hippobag, which makes it simple for customers to remove waste safely and compliantly.”

The Environment Improvement Scheme from the Travis Perkins Group has seen all cardboard, from old packaging to advertising displays, collected from branches and sent for reprocessing. Confidential papers are even pulped and turned into pin boards which are then sold at Travis Perkins, whilst saving the company £50,000 in shredding costs per annum. Even plastic pallet wrapping, banding, and bulk bags are recycled and reprocessed where possible.

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