UK retail group announces new recycling strategy

Filed under: Recycling — Posted by: Barry on January 30, 2013

The John Lewis Partnership, which operates John Lewis, Waitrose and Peter Green stores across the UK, has announced that it is to partner Liverpool-based recycling firm Centriforce to develop a new strategy which is expected to further improve the company’s green credentials.

The new contract, which is thought to be the first of its kind for a UK retailer, will ensure that much of the plastic waste produced by the group’s stores is turned into useful products; plastic sheets, for instance.

The John Lewis Partnership is thought to be exploring the possibilities of using recycled plastic sheets and planks as part of its store building programme. This will help the group to achieve what it sees as a ‘closed loop’ in its plastic waste cycle.

Centriforce is to collect over 3,000 tonnes of waste from the company’s distribution centres around the country every year. It will then be taken to the Liverpool site, where it will be turned into durable building materials.

The John Lewis Partnership’s Recycling and Waste Operations Manager, Mike Walters, commented on the move, saying:

“We want to be completely transparent in our approach to waste management and ensure that as much as possible is recycled and then reused in our own businesses.”

As well as reducing the impact it has on the environment, The John Lewis Partnership is expected to save money as it evades landfill costs. The retailer may also see an increase in business as its customers witness the company’s efforts to trade in an environmentally friendly way.

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