Debenhams Sustainability Report
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A fresh approach to waste

A fresh approach to waste

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

Key Numbers

Debenhams produced 6275.958 Tonnes of waste, which was a reduction of 1% on 2016.

97% of the waste produced diverted away from Landfill.

6.3 Tonnes of FDG were donated to the Salvation Army

Tailored Solutions

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.

Carrier Bags

In line with the compulsory carrier bag charges introduced by the governments in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Debenhams stores charge their customers for the use of carrier bags. All single use carrier bags carry a 5p charge and all proceeds are donated to the Debenhams Foundation. The Trustees of the Debenhams Foundation allocate the funding to support charities and good causes operating in England, Wales and Scotland. To find out more about the work of the Debenhams Foundation, please visit: The carrier bag charge implemented in Northern Ireland is payable, as is required, direct to the Department of the Environment.

Debenhams also provides its customers with the option of purchasing a ‘Bag for Life’ that is available in two sizes, medium and large, carrying a 5p and 10p charge respectively. Customers are able to replace their ‘Bag for Life’ free of any additional charge when their original bag is worn out.