IKEA zeroes in on recycling
RECYCLING company Viridor is working with IKEA to provide a unique insight into the world of recycling among its employees, as the furniture maker aims to improve its environmental performance.
The Recycle for IKEA training and awareness programme was launched recently at IKEA’s distribution centre in Peterborough.
A roadshow organised by Viridor highlighted how important recycling is in IKEA’s “zero waste to landfill” plan and the vital role each individual plays to help the company achieve its goals.
social and environment developer for IKEA Rob Buck welcomed the awareness programme.
He said: “We have very ambitious recycling and recovery targets, which can only be achieved if everyone in the company utilises effectively the facilities we have put in place with support from our appointed contractor, Viridor”.
The Viridor team will also take the Recycle for IKEA roadshow to the company’s northern distribution centre in Doncaster later this summer.
Both companies aim to improve understanding of recycling and encourage more participation in the scheme among IKEA’s 700 employees at the distribution centres.
Contract manager for Viridor, Teresa Cole, said: “We’re thrilled to be part of IKEA’s recycling success story.
“At Viridor, we’re committed to work in partnership with our customers to help them achieve their targets through integrated solutions.
“The response from IKEA’s employees has been fantastic so far, and we look forward to continuing engaging with them to drive landfill diversion even higher”.
The Recycle for IKEA roadshows follow on from a successful site visit to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Peterborough late in April by 22 managers and team leaders from IKEA to find out how Viridor is helping IKEA achieve its “zero waste to landfill” ambitions.
Forming part of IKEA’s People’s Day initiative, the managers and team leaders learned how the MRF sorted thousands of tonnes of recyclable materials from local businesses and households to produce high-quality raw materials for the manufacturing of new products and packaging.
green partnership: Tony Powers and Teresa Cole, contract managers for Viridor, and Rob Buck, IKEA’s social and environment developer.