Corporate Social Responsibility
Debenhams Sustainability Report
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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

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.

Reused and Recycled

To further improve we have begun implementing initiatives to reduce, reuse and recycle. This year we have introduced 100% recycled bags for Life and standardised our hangers, reducing the number of types from 100 to 50, enabling much easier reuse.

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.