Brother UK earns zero waste to landfill certification

Brother UK has become the North West’s only business to receive an industry-leading independent certification for zero waste to landfill.

A team from environmental consultancy Valpak visited Brother UK to perform an in-depth site audit and documentation review, certifying that of the 133 tonnes of waste produced on-site in the past year, none was sent to landfill.

In addition, Brother UK was commended for its commitment to continual improvement in waste reduction, recycling and diversion. 87.8% of waste produced on site in the last year was either recycled or reused.

“We’re proud of our long-standing commitment to the environment, and the recognition that we’ve received for our continued progress in this area. It’s been a collective effort for a cause we know our people care about, which is why providing a greener workplace is a key part of our responsibility as their employer,” commented Maggie Robinson, facilities manager at Brother UK.

“For the next stage of our journey, we’re focusing on helping our customers to become more sustainable, by developing recycling programmes they can get involved in.”

To achieve zero waste to landfill and reduce waste overall, Brother UK has implemented several initiatives on-site. All colleagues receive mandatory environmental training each year, focusing on the company’s Social Development Goal commitments, and there is an internal Safety, Health and Environment Committee that meets every month.

To help further, disposable plastic cutlery has been replaced with bamboo, fluorescent tubes have been replaced with LED lighting and expert waste treatment contractors have been engaged.

New picnic benches have been procured, made of 100% recycled plastic waste – and as part of Brother UK’s commitment to the local community, its old benches were donated to Reubens Retreat in Glossop, St. George’s Church in Denton and to a local allotment in Audenshaw.

Dr Hugh McCoach, principal consultant at Valpak, said: “Organisations are increasingly coming under pressure to demonstrate their environmental credentials, and Brother UK is leading by example in the North West.

“Robust green credentials can help drive new business opportunities – which Brother UK takes one step further by sharing its environmental expertise and resources with customers who share its sustainable values.”

Brother UK’s zero waste to landfill certification is valid until 2021.

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