P&H celebrates sustainability success after recycling efforts divert 99% of waste away from landfill

Palmer and Harvey, the UK’s biggest delivered wholesaler, successfully diverted over 99% of its general waste from landfill last year, the company announced this week.

Thirteen of its distribution centres achieved the 100% figure, and overall, 99.6% of all general waste across the business was diverted from landfill.

This represented a “significant improvement” over the figure in 2011, which was 93%, the company said..

“In 2015, P&H recycled some 3,664 tonnes of cardboard and 600 tonnes of plastic wrapping. This has increased dramatically since the inception of the Costcutter contract, where as part of the agreement, drivers bring back cardboard and plastic packaging from retailers for recycling.

Without this service, the rubbish would have gone into the general waste collection.”

Palmer and Harvey has been certified to the ISO 14001-2004 environmental standard for 12 years. A five-year plan was launched in 2012 with the aim of achieving 99% diversion from landfill.

Mark Leonard, Group Operations Director at Palmer and Harvey said: “As a business we are continuously driving operational efficiencies. This latest news demonstrates that we can provide added value for our customers, by saving them time and money, as well as showing our ongoing commitment to sustainability.”

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