Recycling and waste

We try to make use of reusable items, refillable containersetc. wherever possible.

We strive to minimise the amount of paper that we use in ouradministration. Where paper use is inevitable, we use only recycledpaper office supplies with a high percentage of post-consumerwaste wherever possible. Our stationery is unbleached, recycledpaper using vegetable based inks, printed locally. Our loo rollsare made from recycled paper too.

We separate our waste stream into card, paper, glass, cans,plastics (PET[1], HDPE[2], LDPE[4] and PP[5]), ferrous metals,brass, copper and other non-ferrous metals. We attempt to findlocal demand for materials to avoid unnecessary transport andseek to "close the loop" by sourcing recycled materialsand directing materials for reuse wherever possible.

We monitor our landfill waste to determine how we can reduceit with the aim of elimenating it altogether. We direct putrescibles(and some cardboard) for composting where appropriate.

We work with suppliers and customers to minimise the amountof packaging and avoid disposable packaging such as blister-packsetc.

We try to avoid products made from, or containing, PVC sincethis is very toxic in manufacture and disposal. Because of thedifficulty of recycling or re-use we also avoid polystyrene (PS[6]) and expanded polystyrene (EPS [7]) such as packing material,wherever possible.

Traction batteries that are at their end-of-life are returnedto the manufacturer's facility for recycling where appropriate,or enter the standard automotive recycling stream (lead acid)

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