At TheGBN were delighted to be recognised for our work to support British recycling in our packaging compliance schemes over the last ten years with the presentation of a Silver Green Apple Award in London on Monday 15th November.
Back in 2009 we looked at our carbon footprint. We realised that the impact of shipping waste so China to recycle was around 1,000 times more polluting than all of our other scope 1 & scope 2 emissions.
It seemed a natural progression that we should strive to reduce our business’ environmental impact by avoiding recyclers who shipped waste to the Far East, particularly China where labour costs were much lower than those in Europe. In doing so we realised that we could offer something to our customers which our competitors did not – a lower carbon Packaging Compliance option.
We took the simple mantra ‘Think Global Act Local’ and started to work with recyclers in the UK wherever possible. We set up the Ethical Compliance scheme that is committed to buying all of its PRNs from recyclers in the UK, and set ambitious Targets to increase the percentage of UK PRNs purchased in all our schemes.
We may not have hit all the targets but over the last ten years we have almost doubled the size of our business and we are buying four times as many recycling certificates (PRNs) from recyclers in the UK.
For details of our previous Green Apple Awards, please see these articles.