Our Progress So Far
Across our business, we have started to consider how we can partner with other organizations in the supply chain to minimize the impact on the environment and to encourage recycling.
We want to partner with organizations throughout the supply chain to tackle sustainability issues, such as securing better end of life options for packaging and our ultimate aim is to bring a circular economy approach to the products we distribute. One example of how we have been doing this is a partnership with one of our grocery customers in North America.
A grocery customer approached Bunzl North America for information on recycling opportunities for film-based plastics in 2018. Instead of just offering knowledge and advice, we decided to partner with the customer to create a film-based recycling program using Bunzl North America’s infrastructure.
The store teams collect clear, film-based plastic (i.e. produce bags, pallet wrap, etc.,) throughout the week, our drivers then load the collected plastic at the time of each store’s weekly Bunzl delivery and backhaul the material to one of our Distribution Centers. Our warehouse teams then use our waste management equipment to bale the plastic before it is sent for recycling by a local service provider.