This wide variety of situations poses a challenge; however, our general requirement is that all waste should be reused or recycled, including transport packaging and hangers.
These requirements are outlined in our internal Waste and Recycling Guide, which is part of our ‘Store Book’ that guides all store employees. The principles and priorities in the Guide are not limited to stores and apply equally to warehouses and offices.
Our environmental guidelines for waste also provide direction on how to deal with hazardous waste, such as fluorescent tubes, batteries, electronic equipment, glues and other chemicals.
Recycling waste from store construction
We have had standard requirements for store construction and store fittings for several years. These state the materials that can and cannot be used from an environmental and health perspective; suppliers that refurbish or build our stores must follow these requirements.Building or rebuilding stores can create a lot of waste. Much of this can be recycled, however in many cases this results in cost reductions. To make sure that we make the best of these opportunities throughout our operations, we have developed further guidance for all our sales countries.