Through a waste management programme with SAICA Natur that was rolled out across its stores nationwide, Screwfix has achieved “zero waste” to landfill.
The new systems have helped Screwfix to make significant resource and logistics efficiencies, diverting 415 tonnes of waste from landfill in the last year and recycling more than 4,700 tonnes, so helping Screwfix to meet its zero waste to landfill objectives across its UK stores.
Screwfix underwent a massive expansion in the last few years; opening a further 215 stores since 2007, the retailer operates 285 stores across the UK to date. As a result, higher volumes of waste and recycling were inevitably produced.
Peter Harries, Screwfix – “These initiatives have been in place for a number of months and are working very well. We are delighted to have achieved zero waste to landfill status at our stores and are impressed by the efficiencies that we have been able to introduce”
Following an initial trial period, the scheme was rolled out across Screwfix’s 285 stores with each store being provided with a back of store collection service where waste is separated by on site staff into two streams – general waste and dry mixed recyclables.
As a result, traditional waste collections were no longer needed to service the stores, leading to all wheeled bins being removed from site.
The second wave of improvements covered chemical and hazardous wastes at distribution centres. Duty of Care visits were undertaken to ensure that the wastes would meet the specified criteria and legislative compliances.
Before the new system could be fully introduced, Screwfix’s distribution centre staff were given training and guidance on how to identify and segregate individual hazardous wastes. A quarantine area and process was set up on site to manage difficult to identify wastes.
Commenting on the improvements that have been made, Peter Harries, quality manager at Screwfix, said: “These initiatives have been in place for a number of months and are working very well. They have made a real step change to our waste management and recycling practices. We are delighted to have achieved zero waste to landfill status at our stores and are impressed by the efficiencies that we have been able to introduce.
“SAICA Natur worked with us together to determine the best solution in terms of dealing with the company’s waste. This allows Screwfix to be in control of waste streams and ultimately where the waste ends up – away from landfill.”