The home improvement sector has exceeded its targets for diverting waste from landfill and reducing packaging, WRAP says.
Signatories to the Home Improvement Sector Commitment, managed by WRAP, have delivered an 83% drop in waste sent to landfill. The target was 50%.
They have also reduced packaging by 25% against a 2007 baseline, for which the target was 15%.
The four-year agreement ran from 2009 to 2012. Signatories included AkzoNobel UK Decorative Paints, Argos, B&Q, Crown Paints, Henkel, Homebase, and Wickes – representing almost half of all home improvement sales in the UK.
Environment minister David Heath said: “It’s fantastic to see DIY businesses working together to cut waste and unnecessary packaging and exceeding the challenging targets set in this agreement.”
Liz Goodwin, WRAP’s chief executive, said: “The results delivered by the DIY sector are deeply impressive. Overall, the activities of all signatories have improved product and packaging design that make recycling easier.”
WRAP has said that now the agreement is complete, it will continue to work with a range of retailers, brands and manufacturers to reduce the environmental impacts of key home and workplace products through activities such as:
- WRAP’s Electrical Product Pathfinder Group, which aims to reduce the impact of electrical products
- A document published by WRAP outlining its findings on Opportunites to Reduce the Impact of Home Products Throughout their Lifecycle