The company encourages measures which promote recycling and reduced energy consumption. It is the company’s policy to:
Over the past 12 months, the company has complemented its policy with several initiatives, including areas around energy-efficiency, recycling, ethical working and health and safety.
The company recognises that energy consumption is unavoidable, but understands that we have a responsibility for those resources which we use and that good environmental management is an essential part of being a responsible business.
In the last year, we have continued to work with Carbon Statement to measure each pub’s carbon footprint. Carbon Statement produces a weekly carbon emissions report for each pub, detailing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by each pub, through energy usage and waste disposal, as well as the CO2 emission reduction through recycling. Carbon Statement has also assisted us in ensuring that we comply with the government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, which started in April 2010.
The company also aims to ensure that, when new pubs are developed or current ones upgraded, equipment and processes are introduced to minimise ongoing energy consumption.
Sustainability – reduce, reuse, recycle
The company aims to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and other disposal sites, through a combination of packaging reduction, reusing packaging and the recycling of waste products.
The company continues to work with suppliers to reduce packaging materials brought into pubs. This leads to fewer deliveries and reduces the number of road miles required.
Where possible, unwanted equipment is transferred among pubs by our distribution fleet, so that it can be used elsewhere.
The company has a dedicated supply chain for its food, bottled drinks and non-consumable products, so that material can be returned to the company’s recycling operation, reducing the required number of road miles.
During the financial year 2012/13, the pubs segregated and returned 8,277 tonnes of waste to our distribution centre, an increase of 6% on the previous year. This included 60 tonnes of aluminium, 5,129 tonnes of cardboard and paper, 2,510 tonnes of cooking oil, 401 tonnes of plastic and 177 tonnes of steel.
Glass-recycling continues to be a major focus. During the financial year, we recycled 12,800 tonnes of glass, in partnership with our suppliers, a glass-recycling rate of 75%. We aim to increase this recycling rate through further improved waste segregation.
A food waste recycling trial has commenced in 60 pubs.
Our supply chain
Roll cages, used to deliver products to our pubs, have been redesigned to reduce the noise created during deliveries.
In 2013, Wetherspoon, in partnership with DHL, was awarded the ‘Logistics and Supply Chain Green Initiative of the Year’ (Drinks Business Green Awards), recognising the commitment shown to sustainability by Wetherspoon and DHL.