Following the success of being awarded a Green Apple in 2016, Debenhams have continued to focus on best practice and ongoing improvements of their waste management plan.
The re-launch of the recycling programme has been scheduled for September 2017 and focuses on, improved communications to stores and simplicity in processes. Combined with the ongoing support of New Star Environmental, Debenhams continues to remain focused on engaging with all stores to ensure that waste is managed responsibly.
Our supply chain partners have continued to invest in their infrastructures, which goes a long way towards ensuring that Debenhams consistently diverts more waste away from landfill whilst maintaining high service levels.
With the increased number of vehicles now able to weigh bins, we can identify locations where containers are above average weights and work with the stores to reduce the volumes following the waste hierarchy.
97% of the waste produced diverted away from Landfill.
6.3 Tonnes of FDG were donated to the Salvation Army
6.9 Tonnes of samples donated to TRAID within our support centres.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
This year we have introduced 100% recycled bags for Life: 100% recyclable e-commerce mailing bags and all e-commerce cartons are made from 75% recycled content and are 100% recyclable.
We have standardised our hangers, reducing the number of types from 1000 to 50. On average 7 trailers of hangers, which is roughly 600,000 hangers are recycled from Debenhams each week. This generates approximately 16 tonnes of recycled material per week. Recycled material is then used to manufacture new hangers, fully closing the loop.
- C02 emissions generated whilst producing recycled material, are 40% lower than emissions generated when producing virgin material.
- All Debenhams standardised black hangers, are made from 98% recycled material.
- Zero waste to landfill from this closed loop approach.
Compliance with Government targets – 30% recycled material to be used in all plastic packaging
New Star Environmental, a recycling led waste management company, our partners since March 2012. With their experience and expertise, they manage contracts with a number of regional suppliers to ensure our sites have the most flexible and eco-efficient solutions available locally.
In line with compulsory legislation, carrier bag charges were introduced by the governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since the introduction of the charge, Debenhams has donated all proceeds from the sale of single-use carrier bags to our nominated charities. The company continues to encourage customers to reduce the consumption of single-use bags and now only offers one single-use carrier bag option.
The carrier bag charge implemented in Northern Ireland is payable, as required, direct to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). Debenhams provides its customers with the option of purchasing a ‘Bag for Life’ that is available in two sizes; medium and large, each bag carries a charge of 10p. Customers can exchange their Bag for Life for free at any Debenhams store when they become worn or damaged.
English Carrier Bag Data
|7th April 2016 – 6th April 2017||7th of April 2017 – 6th April 2018|
|Single-Use Bags Issued||3,876,495 bags||1,507,283 bags|
|Number of Bags for Life Sold||11,132,476 bags||11,712,705 bags|
|Single-Use Bag Income (Gross Proceeds)||£193,824.75||£76,276.95|
|Net Proceeds (with VAT deducted)||£161,520.63||£63,564.13|
|Total Amount Donated to Good Causes||£161,520.63||£63,564.13|
|Details of Charitable Good Causes||Debenhams Foundation – Charity||Debenhams Foundation – Charity|
Welsh Carrier Bag Data
|7th April 2016 – 6th April 2017*||7th of April 2017 – 6th April 2018|
|Single-Use Bags Issued||3,876,495 bags||165,018 bags|
|Number of Bags for Life Sold||11,132,476 bags||681,974 bags|
|Single-Use Bag Income (Gross Proceeds)||£193,824.75||£8,325.45|
|Net Proceeds (with VAT deducted)||£161,520.63||£6,937.88|
|Total Amount Donated to Good Causes||£161,520.63||£6,937.88|
|Details of Charitable Good Causes||Charities including those within the Debenhams Foundation and others.||Charities including those within the Debenhams Foundation and others.|
*Due to system limitations, figures could not be split per location between 7th April 2016 – 6th April 2017. Systems were subsequently updated the following year.