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DIY sector progress in meeting voluntary waste and recycling targets

Speaking today at the RWM in partnership with CIWM exhibition in Birmingham, WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin said the DIY sector has made significant progress towards meeting targets to reduce packaging and waste sent to landfill.

She said the signatories to the Home Improvement Sector Commitment - a UK-wide voluntary agreement between DIY retailers and manufacturers and WRAP - had reduced packaging by 12% (14,000 tonnes) and waste sent to landfill by 64% (61,000 tonnes) between 2007 and 2010.

Signatory companies include Argos, B&Q, Crown Paints, Focus DIY (which has now ceased trading but its 2007-10 figures are included), Henkel, Homebase, ICI Paints, AkzoNobel and Wickes - represent almost half of the total UK home improvement retail sales.

The targets, based on a 2007 baseline and have a 2012 deadline, are to reduce packaging by 15% and landfill waste by 50%. Signatories also agreed to help consumers recycle more by improving product and packaging design, offer guidance to suppliers and consumers, and create recycling initiatives.

Goodwin said: “Signatories have already exceeded the waste to landfill target and are making good progress towards the packaging target. These interim results are really encouraging, especially when you consider that these supply chains extend around the globe and the long lead times for changes to products to be felt in the UK.

“It is important for the sector to remain focused particularly regarding the packaging target, which remains challenging in the face of changing global and home delivery systems.”

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