John Lewis Shortlisted for Prestigious Environmental Award

March 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM

CONGRATULATIONS to the John Lewis Partnership which has been shortlisted for a prestigious environmental award as a result of its pioneering work alongside Centriforce Products in achieving exemplary waste management.

Shortlisted in the category "Beyond Zero Waste Achievement" of the 2013 Resource Resolution Awards, the John Lewis Partnership is believed to be first among UK retailers to recycle all of its plastics waste in a visionary new scheme. Thousands of tonnes of plastics waste from John Lewis and Waitrose stores are being recycled into useable products at Centriforce's Liverpool manufacturing centre.

John Lewis and Centriforce Products have developed a pioneering 'closed loop' solution and Centriforce's innovations team has several trials underway developing new uses for John Lewis's soft plastics waste, including recycling plastics for use in the construction of shops, as well as turning it into furniture, which is in place outside some of the Partnership's Waitrose stores.

Recycled plastic planks and posts were also used recently to build a boardwalk near John Lewis' Bracknell headquarters helping to protect an ancient woodland.

'Closing the loop' enables John Lewis to retain control and responsibility for its plastics waste and prevents as much as possible from going to landfill or for export.

John Lewis is one of six leading companies shortlisted in their category. The winners of the awards will be announced at a prestigious lunch to be held at the Russell Hotel in London on Friday May 10.

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