Recycling at Superdrug
We are committed to recycling the waste that is generated by our activities! All waste that is generated in store is transported back to our Distribution Centres meaning that we have full control of our waste. At our Northern and Southern Distribution Centres we have designated Recycling Teams who sort the waste for Recycling or disposal.
We are proud that we recycle our waste but we want to improve! Our target is to be able to recycle 85% of our waste by 2020.To make this possible, in 2016, we will open a standalone Resource Recovery Unit at our Southern Distribution Centre.
In 2015 we recycled 9260 tonnes of waste in percentage terms 82%.
8292 tonnes of cardboard
2049 tonnes of general waste
327 tonnes of plastic
268 tonnes of confidential waste
178 tonnes of Metal
123 tonnes of hazardous
74 tonnes of hard plastic
The amount we recycled is the equivalent as a staggering
47 Blue whales
and REMEMBER none was sent to a landfill
People are at the heart of what we do at Superdrug. This is why we were able to achieve a 39% total energy reduction (vs 2010 benchmark) through participation from store to head office on managing energy efficiency. We plan to go further by installing smart meters and upgrading our LED
Did you know we recycle your old batteries?
If batteries are not recycled they are sent to land waste. This means in time dangerous chemicals may leach from the breakdown of the batteries resulting in soil and water pollution. Causing damage to our natural ecosystems and wildlife. Did you know the materials held in batteries can be recovered and reused? We can help; simply drop them into your nearest Superdrug store and we can recycle them for you through our membership of the Distributor Take Back Scheme. For more information please click here
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Pharmacy stores can recycle your old inhalers. We have over 200 pharmacies in store throughout the UK and many are collecting used inhalers. Doing this reduces waste and also CO2 emissions if gas canisters were ever pierced or crushed, yet many of inhalers are currently being binned at home! As a result of the ‘Complete the Cycle’ scheme. Both plastic and aluminium parts of inhalers are recycled and used in new products including garden furniture, plastic bottles or car parts. Waste that is non-recyclable is transformed to provide either electricity or heat through the ‘waste to energy’ process via incineration. Breathe life into your old inhaler and find out more today by asking your local pharmacist.
Find your nearest pharmacy: www.superdrug.com/store-finder
Superdrug has returned 27,550 inhalers for recycling and recovery, this equates to 195 tonnes of CO2e which is equivalent to driving VW Golf 1.4 TSI around the world 33 times!
Microplastics are solid synthetic polymer (plastic) particles, insoluble in water. Due to their small size (under 5mm) they often pass through sewage water filtration systems and can pollute waterways; these microplastics then go on to impact the food chain as they can be ingested by marine organisms. Cosmetics/ personal care products account for 2% of microplastic pollutants in the ocean*.
Ahead of legislations, Superdrug has taken the positive step to ban the use of microplastic in rinse-off Own Brand cosmetics/personal care scrub products development since 2014.
To further fulfill our commitment to the environment, Superdrug has decided to extend the ban to all rinse-off cosmetics products / personal care products containing microplastics, and targets to end the sales of such products by end 2019.
*Source: Boucher, J. and Friot D. (2017). Primary Microplastics in the Oceans: A Global Evaluation of Sources.