Home improvement sector reduces both packaging and waste


Signatories to the WRAP Home Improvement Sector Commitment (HISC) have smashed their original targets of reducing both waste to landfill and packaging in the DIY sector.

WRAP has revealed that companies including AkzoNobel UK Decorative Paints, Argos, B&Q, Crown Paints, Henkel, Homebase and Wickes have delivered an 83 per cent reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill against a target of 50 per cent.


Signatories also exceeded the packaging-reduction target of 15 per cent managing to reduce packaging by 25 per cent against the 2007 baseline.

HISC was a voluntary agreement set up by WRAP that ran from 2009 to 2012.

WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin said: “The results delivered by the DIY sector are deeply impressive. I congratulate all the signatories on their achievements in what has been a testing time for the sector.

“Overall, the activities of all signatories have improved product and packaging design that make recycling easier. There is now clearer recycling guidance for suppliers and consumers, particularly with the greater use of the On-Pack Recycling Label in store.”

Environment Minister David Heath added: “I commend the signatories for showing real commitment by surpassing the targets of this important voluntary agreement. As these companies have demonstrated, finding ways to use resources more efficiently makes economic sense as well as delivering environmental benefits.”