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Home Retail Group on target to reduce packaging

Home Retail Group, recognised through the Argos and Homebase brands, has said that it is currently on target to reduce packaging on a fifth of its product range.

In the last five years, the group has reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by 74,000 tonnes, a reduction of 80%. In the next 12 months the group has set itself a further target of another 25% reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill.

The group has said that initiatives such as the ‘sofa bag’, launched earlier this year, have been key to reducing packaging. The sofa bag, which acts as a replacement for traditional sofa packaging at no extra cost to the customer, is set to reduce around 1800 tonnes of packaging in its first year.

Other initiatives such as the opportunity to return bulky packaging to store are also helping to reduce waste. A statement from the group said: “Of the [packaging] waste generated, 78% is recycled.”

Home Retail Group commercial director Maria Thompson said: “We’ve demonstrated that there are clear benefits to the environment, the business and our customers by making use of reusable and recyclable packaging and from reducing the amount of packaging associated with the products we sell. We have already implemented many changes to our packaging and we hope these will help us reduce our overall waste footprint.”

In another move designed to drive up recycling the new Argos catalogue now includes information to help customers recycle waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), batteries and old furniture.

The group also state: “Argos continues to encourage customers to recycle their catalogues using either local kerbside collection schemes or by returning them to their local Argos store.”

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