DIY sector Surpass targets on waste reduction

Figures released this week show that the DIY sector has made impressive steps in reducing both waste to landfill and packaging as part of the Home Improvement Sector Commitment (HISC) Voluntary Agreement. Signatories to the Commitment include major retailers such as Argos, B&Q, Homebase and Wickes.

The schemes main objectives are to reduce the waste sent to landfill from their production by 50% and a reduction in the amount of packaging used by 15% by 2012. However the actual figure achieved has been an incredible 83% and 25% respectively.

Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) have also been helping with the initiative by supporting ideas from retailers, including B&Q, with regards to developing reusable packaging solutions, recently showcased at the 2011 Packaging Awards. Liz Goodwin, Chief Executive of WRAP speaking about the figures said: “the results delivered by the DIY sector are deeply impressive. I congratulate all the signatories on their achievements in what has been a testing time for the sector”. This sentiment was echoed by Environment Minister David Heath who stated how impressed he was to see The DIY industry working together: “for the good of the environment and to boost economic growth”

To find out more about the HISC scheme visit the WRAP website.