John Lewis set to recycle ALL plastics

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The John Lewis Partnership is continuing to fulfil its promise to ensure that all the waste it produces is processed in the UK.

It has just committed to recycling all its plastic waste via Centriforce Products’ £1 million facility which opened in Liverpool a year ago.

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The agreement includes mixed plastic waste – warehouse packaging, pallet films and used ‘Bags for Life’ – from every John Lewis and Waitrose store in the country.

Around 40,000 tonnes of plastic per year will be reprocessed and the recycles material will be used to manufacture products including walkways, hoardings and furniture.

John Lewis’ recycling and waste operations manager, Mike Walters, said: “We are working with Centriforce’s innovations team to explore ways in which we can reuse more recycled plastic products in our stores in future. We already have recycled plastic furniture made by Centriforce outside most of our Waitrose and John Lewis stores.

Managing director of Centriforce, Simon Carroll, added: “The John Lewis Partnership is taking a visionary approach to its plastics waste management which is an example of good practice not only for other retailers, but for any businesses with multiple outlets or sites nationwide.

The John Lewis Partnership has separate contractors in place for each waste stream it produces including food waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), cardboard and paper, mixed plastics, residual waste and glass.

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