Home Bargains recognise that running our business impacts on the environment and that we have a responsibility to reduce the negative impacts. We do this by taking seriously our moral and legal obligations in relation to the environment. Specific examples of this in action include:
- Working with suppliers to, where possible, reduce the packaging around products we sell;
- Wherever possible, reusing packaging, for example reusing supplier cartons to package deliveries for our internet operation;
- Recycling as much of the waste we produce as a business as we can;
- Minimising the amount of waste we send to landfill.
In addition to these overall aims, we comply with environmental regulations aimed at protecting the environment. Key amongst these regulations are:
The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (as amended). Through our compliance with these regulations, Home Bargains helps fund the UK recycling and recovery of packaging disposed of by its customers and stores. Our Producer Registration number is NPWD102257 and in 2013, our funding supported the recycling and recovery of nearly 21,194 tonnes of packaging waste. We encourage our customers to recycle their own waste. For further information on how you can help to recycle more and where you can recycle your waste, please visit www.recyclenow.com.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 20012. As a result of our compliance with these regulations, Home Bargains helps fund the safe disposal, including reuse and recycling where possible, of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that it sells or uses. Our producer number is WEE/GK2247YT and in 2013 we supported the recycling and recovery of nearly 626 tonnes of electrical or electronic waste.
Much of the UK's WEEE ends up in landfill, where the lead and other toxins it contains can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health. We therefore encourage all customers to dispose of EEE carefully. Under the regulations EEE produced after 13 August 2005 are marked with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol. Any item marked with this symbol must be disposed of separately from normal household waste. As a distributor of EEE we will accept, without charge, for safe and environmental sound disposal, any obligated EEE item similar to an item purchased from us. Ask instore for more details or if purchasing online, take your old EEE item and delivery note showing purchase of the similar item to your nearest store.
The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment 2011 - RoHS. These regulations control the levels of the most dangerous substances previously included in electrical and electronic equipment and Home Bargains work hard to ensure that all obligated products sold by them are RoHS compliant.
The Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008 (as amended). These regulations control the amount of mercury and cadmium in batteries, the markings on the batteries and also the way products are designed to allow batteries to be removed. Where we have an obligation, we ensure that suppliers are meeting the requirements of the regulations. Linked to these regulations are the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009. Under these regulations, TJ Morris are responsible for helping to finance the recycling and recovery of some batteries. Our producer number is BPRN00423.
As part of our commitment to local communities, we do provide battery bins at each of our stores, which are available for both store visitors and on-line customers. Alternatively you can dispose of waste batteries separate from normal household waste, by visiting www.recyclenow.com to find your local battery recycling point.