Best Environmental Policy Winner - Sanders Garden World, Garden Centre Group

Sanders Garden World set itself the challenge of minimising impact on the environment by building the centre's green credentials.

Best Environmental Policy Winner - Sanders Garden World, Garden Centre Group - image: Sanders
Best Environmental Policy Winner - Sanders Garden World, Garden Centre Group - image: Sanders
This was to be achieved by:

- Reducing waste to landfill by five per cent minimum.

- Promoting reduce, reuse and recycle to staff and customers.

- Supporting recycling legislation.

- Recycling rainwater for watering, reducing mains water consumed by five per cent a year.

- Introducing solar power.

- Encouraging recycling by staff and customers.

Solutions were:

- Training staff to sort waste for recycling.

- Using a waste compactor to help reduce carbon emissions.

- Hosting an Eco Weekend to promote recycling.

- Offering Christmas tree recycling to turn into mulch.

- Regular briefing of employees on latest recycling initiatives to stop waste going into landfill.

- A free tool amnesty service to swap unwanted tools, which are repaired and given to schools, for new ones.

- A 64,000-litre water tank is to be installed to store rainwater to flush toilets and reduce the need to use mains water.

- Returning reusable packaging to suppliers such as plastic wrapped around compost.

Award sponsor - Bayer Garden


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